City youngsters make a big splash at the Leicester Regatta

Hannah Chatfield on her way to victort at the Leicester Regatta.
Hannah Chatfield on her way to victort at the Leicester Regatta.
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The strength of Peterborough City Rowing Club’s junior section was clear to see at the weekend.

They had two youngsters compete in the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta - a national competition held in Nottingham for rowers aged between 14 and 16, and they also enjoyed a great day out at the Leicester Regatta winning a handful of trophies.

Archie Sootheran competed in the J14 single sculls at Nottingham and did well for the Eastern Region team.

He recorded the seventh fastest time in the first round and that put him into the Petite Final rather than the Grand Final.

And he turned in a dominant display to win by five lengths and record the fourth fastest time in his category.

Hannah Chatfield rowed in a composite eight which managed to come from behind in their heat to take third place with the seventh fastest time across both heats.

In the final they improved on their first result to finish with the fifth fastest time overall.

Chatfield and Sootheran’s results contributed to the Eastern Region’s third place in the competition.

At Leicester, Jenna Taylor won her first heat in the J13 single sculls by an impressive five lengths, although she was beaten in the final.

Sarah Watson and Lauren Sheerman-Smith won their Women’s J15 doubles event.

Euan Melkowski coxed the Women’s Novice quad of Bianca Manganiello, May Firoozmand, Katherine Hinton and Saskia Rai to victory in his first race.

Experience came to the fore in other categories such as the J15 single sculls, where Abdul Aly was knocked out of the semi-final by clubmate Thomas Marshall, who in turn lost to Tom Nash in the final to give the top three spots to Peterborough.

As well as taking first and second place in the J15 single sculls, Marshall and Nash then teamed up to win the J15 doubles event.

Hannah Chatfield was back in action after competing in Nottingham the previous day, and she won the Women’s J16 single sculls.