Henley Regatta win for City’s golden oldies Heath and Carter

Joan Heath and Anita Carter were winners at the Henley Masters Regatta.
Joan Heath and Anita Carter were winners at the Henley Masters Regatta.
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Peterborough City Rowing Club picked a gold medal at the big Henley Masters Regatta at the weekend.

A week after the televised Henley Royal Regatta, the Thames was packed again as almost 300 crews from around the world competed at the prestigious event.

And City duo Joan Heath and Anita Carter were a cut above the rest in the Women’s Masters E coxless pairs event.

Their win was all the more plausible as they disposed of two top crews from the other side of the world to take the gold medal.

In their two heats they first of all beat Tideway Scullers by half a length then saw off the Australian Commercial Rowing Club by a length.

On Saturday, rowing conditions deteriorated as a cross-wind punctuated by strong gusts made racing difficult for competitors.

But the Peterborough pair weren’t put off and after ousting the Aussies they overcame the Americans.

Their final opponents were a crew from the American Genesee Rowing Club and despite sustained pressure from the Americans in the first half of the race, the Peterborough scullers managed to hold them off .

They then opened up a two-length lead and sustained to the finish line to claim their winners’ medals.

The Peterborough club were also represented in the Men’s Masters E coxless pairs and defending champions Jim Burt and Glyn Reed got off to a good start by winning their heat against Gloucester Rowing Club by three lengths to book their place in Saturday’s final.

But they were unable to match last year’s winning performance and instead had to settle for second place behind Poole Rowing Club.