Masterful wins for Peterborough City rowers at the world famous Henley Regatta

There was glory for Peterborough City rowers at the world famous Henley Masters Regatta.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 9:28 am
Henley Masters winners, from left, Dave Smith, Gemma Singleton, Ian Palmer and Kate Read.
Henley Masters winners, from left, Dave Smith, Gemma Singleton, Ian Palmer and Kate Read.

Ian Palmer from Peterborough and Dave Smith from Leicester Rowing Club took the top spot in the Masters D doubles category. They got off to a promising start winning the qualifying round by 3 1/2 lengths against Kingston Rowing Club, then they beat another Kingston crew in their semi-final by 2 1/2 lengths across the 1000 metre course on the Thames.

They only got better in the final where they beat a London crew by two lengths with a winning time of 3:41, which was 10 seconds faster than their time in the heats.

For the ladies it was Gemma Singleton and Kate Read who took home the silverware, as they joined forces with Bewdley rowing club to win in their composite Women’s Master’s C Eight. They achieved an impressive time of 3:41 despite it being the first time the crew had rowed together, and they crossed the line several lengths ahead of Thames Rowing Club.

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The winning Women's Masters C eight. Gemma Singleton at stroke and Kate Read in the 3 seat.

The open Masters E eight of Steve Tuck, Graham Barks, Al Ryder, Bruce Margetts, Paul Glover, Jaish Mahon, Jack Ward, Keith Blackman and cox Ericha Knowles-Pardoe just missed out in their qualifying round, as they just fell short of Bedford Star Rowing Club by two lengths.

Joan Heath and Anita Carter also put up a good fight in their semi-final, but unfortunately lost out by three lengths in the Women’s Masters E doubles.