Peterborough City pair compete for England at Home International Rowing Regatta
Their time trial was a 1500m course in London’s Docklands and they won the women’s doubles by 9.8 seconds over Nottingham Rowing Club.
That means Drake-Lee and Cooke will contest the women’s doubles race in the historic annual competition between the home nations at Docklands on July 23.
And the City pair will also compete in the quad event, where they will join Leeds Rowing Club’s Katie Mole, who won the women’s individual time trial, and Cambridge University Boat Club’s Gemma King, who won the lightweight individual won the women’s event.
Last weekend’s prestigious Henley Masters regatta, held over 1000 meters on the famous Henley Reach, also featured a number of crews from City Racing.
Ian Palmer joined Leicester Rowing Club’s Dave Smith to win the Masters C doubles event against another composite crew.
In their qualifying round, they put up an exciting race against Putney Town Rowing Club, winning by just 3 feet.
In their semi-final they won by 1 1/4 lengths against Abingdon Rowing Club and then in the final they beat an Abingdon-Warwick composite double by just a boat line.
Riding in the Women’s Masters B singles event, Kate Read won her semi-final by 2 1/2 lengths over Putney Town Rowing Club but then unfortunately lost the final by just 1/2 length behind Henley Rowing Club.
The Masters E Eight of Steve Tuck, Rob Dennis, Jim Bichard, Graham Barks, John Mackay (Reading), Jaish Mahan, Jack Ward, Keith Blackman and Cox Ericha Knowles-Pardoe beat Nottingham Rowing Club by an impressive 2 lengths in their qualifying round.
They later faced a French crew in the semifinals, losing by just a boat length.
Keely Watson joined Christchurch Rowing Club to compete in the Women’s Masters E Quads event.
They won the qualifying round by 2 lengths over Tideway Scullers School but lost in the semifinals by 1 3/4 lengths