St Ives and Huntingdon rowers win gold medals at the National Masters in Nottingham

11:09 20 May 2014

Peter Woodford, Gary Gilbey, Paul Ashmore, Bex Williams, Mark Stratton and Mark Watson of St Ives Rowing Club.

Peter Woodford, Gary Gilbey, Paul Ashmore, Bex Williams, Mark Stratton and Mark Watson of St Ives Rowing Club.

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A gold, a silver, two fourths and a fifth meant St Ives Rowing Club could hold their heads high at the British Masters in Nottingham last weekend.

Following a winter of flooding and damage to boats there was a gold medal for the club’s intermediate masters C double crew of Mark Watson and Mark Stratton and a silver for the mixed masters C double of Bex Williams and Paul Ashmore, who was making a return to competitive rowing following a lengthy break from the sport.

The fourth places were for Williams in the women’s masters A single scull and the masters C quad team of Ashmore, Watson, Peter Woodford and Gary Gilbey.

In the men’s open masters C double final, Woodford and Gilbey came were fifth.

“It seemed that Lady Luck hadn’t been shining on the club’s masters competitors this year,” said Woodford. “Flooding in the winter and damaged boats prevented the necessary practice needed to this early-in-the-season regatta. But with these results the team can hold their heads up high.”

Huntingdon Boat Club also had competitors at the Masters with the double sculls pair of Edward Adams and Mark Smith winning a gold medal.

“They dominated the early stages of the event with a superb exhibition of double sculling and then fought off a challenge at 750 metres rowing past the grandstand to the finish line some one and a half lengths ahead,” said club spokesman Wendy Jones. “This adds gold to the silver medal Edward won in 2011 in the single sculls event.”

The pair had joined Andy Wood and Iain Rickerby earlier in the day to make up the masters coxed four with Alice Ray andthe team just missed out on a bronze medal.

Meanwhile, St Ives sent a small team to Shrewsbury Regatta with Williams racing against some of Great Britain’s finest young hopefuls in the elite women’s singles competition.

Tom Wells took part in the Junior 16 category and narrowly lost in the final while Stratton won the combined masters BCD final by three lengths.

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