The Masters Women’s Squad optimistically entered two WMas D coxed fours, two WMas E coxed fours, a WMas D eight and a WMas E double scull at Peterborough Summer Regatta weekend.This was to have been our grand finale or racing, with participation from as many squad members as possible. We were however frustrated in our purpose; the eight was rejected due to lack of competition, two crews had to scratch due to unforeseen circumstances, and – most disappointing of all, Peterborough decided not to run any Masters Women’s Fours events on the Sunday. The Sunday fours were instead reallocated to the Senior Women’s 4+ events. Definitely not what we had hoped for from the season finale.
Over the Saturday 1000m course, our WMas E4+ of Sue Lamb, Janet Wiliams, Liz Appleton and Kim Taylor, coxed by Jo French (on her maiden race in the cox’s seat) were very fortunate to have a masters category race, and competed in the WMas D/E 4+ event. They raced powerfully, putting the Peterborough crew well behind them, but were not fast enough to beat the mighty Henley Masters winners from Milton Keynes. A valiant effort.
Over the Sunday 500m course, we fielded a WMas D4+ (Jane Pooley, Rhonda Lawrence, Nicola White and Sue Davis, coxed by coach Jack Pooley’’s girlfriend Isobel) and a WMas E4+ (Liz Appleton, Jo French, Alison Winder and Janet Williams, coxed by Kat Morrell). Having been allocated to the Senior Women’s events, these crews faced competing against much younger athletes instead of their masters age groups. Normally we would not agree do this, but on this occasion decided that we would go for it. Both crews were game, but sadly neither was able to overcome the youngsters. The WMas E4+ were however lucky to have WMas crew from Poplar Blackwall in their race, whom they beat by some 3 lengths. “