On Sunday the Veteran’s fours head took place. For a change, the race was on a flood tide along the championship course from Putney to Chiswick. This was much appreciated for many of our rowers despite the early wake up! However, just to keep things interesting, Mother Nature brought in a fog about an hour before the start of the race which put the race in doubt. Many crews were already marshalling down in Putney as the fog lifted and the tide reached full force to commence racing.
The first of our field of PTRC crews was our Henley masters winning quad of John, Rich, Chris & Sal at No.6. The men were competing in the masters C category. With some tiring legs from the fours head the day before, the win was not meant to be so the boys came away finishing 13th overall and 3rd in their category in a time of 19:07.
Second of the PTRC entries was our Masters E quad of (from bow) Geoff, Simon, Richard & Bill. These boys are mighty fine scullers and had a really good row over the championship course. Steersman Geoff kept the crew amazingly calm and focused despite the competition building ahead of them as they closed on the crews ahead. They finished 8th in their categoriy in a time of 20:44.
Our next crew down the course was the Masters F quad of (from bow) Jeremy, Gavin, Keith & Jonny. As these gents came through Barnes bridge, it looked as though they had left the rest of the field for dust! They finished 7th in their category in a time of 22:55. Well done chaps!
The masters women’s B quads really heated up coming past Barnes bridge as our ladies were taking seats out of the Thames RC crew ahead of them. Our ladies, (from bow) Ele, Erin, Katie & Amber, pushed right to the line to finish 2nd in their category in a time of 22:16. These ladies are a forced to be reckoned with!
Next down the track was the Masters G quad comprised of (from bow) Alex, Stephen, Tony & Geoff. Passing under Barnes bridge, the crew had passed a couple of crews and opened some clear water from the rest of the field. Looking tidy as always, they finished 4th in their category in a time of 21:43.
Last but by no means least, was our masters women’s E coxed four consisting of (from bow) Heather, Jo, Polly, Mary & Camilla. The latter stages of the race were particularly exciting for the ladies as they passed two crews at the same time, in some 3-a-breast racing, whilst being roared on with support from the PTRC steps. They finished 3rd in their category in a time of 23:47.
Commiserations to our women’s masters C coxed four who had to scratch in the lead up to the race due to injury. We wish Laura a speedy recovery.
Well done and thanks to all our visiting crews for some superb racing! See you all again next time!
Cantabrigian Rowing Club
Henley Rowing Club
Star Club Rowing
City of Bristol Rowing Club
Die Leythe Rowing Club from the Netherlands