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Monthly Archive for July, 2012

It must have been the longest 10 minutes of their lives, as the contestants in the Olympic gymnastics men’s team final waited for the results of an inquiry. For a brief and wonderful few minutes, there had been jubilation in the GB and Ukrainian camps; they’d been battling it out for the bronze medal, but […]

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Up until the Olympics began I was fairly sanguine about not having managed to secure any tickets at all. It would be much better on the telly, I told myself. The tickets were crazily expensive. The traffic would be horrendous. But since the Games kicked off I’ve been looking longingly at the crowds, envying them […]

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Girl on the River will be Girl on the Couch tonight, glued to the BBC’s perfectly timed Olympic drama, Bert & Dickie, starring Matt Smith (aka Dr. Who) and Sam Hoare, which recounts the true story of British rowers Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell in the 1948 London Olympics (8.30 p.m., BBC1). Anyone who reads […]

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Is rowing hard?

One of the searches that most frequently leads people to Girl on the River is the question, “Is rowing hard?”  Daley Thompson doesn’t seem to think so; in the rather unseemly row that has developed over who will light the Olympic flame, he was pretty dismissive of Steve Redgrave’s sporting prowess. “Steve Redgrave is not […]

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Sports people are an advertiser’s dream. We’re all desperate to get the edge on our competitors, to make the boat go faster or to run that little bit more quickly. There are medals, pots and a lot of pride at stake (and, for the serious competitors, money), so if someone can promise to make us […]

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So yesterday we heard the sobering news (in research published in the Lancet) that physical inactivity has been linked with a worrying 5.3 million deaths a year worldwide. At the same time, a survey of 5,000 British adults conducted by the hotel chain Travelodge revealed that 80% of Brits are depressed by the appearance of […]

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Book review – Cox by Kate Lace

Cox by Kate Lace is a brand new, Jilly Cooper-style novel set in the world of elite rowing, so needless to say I’ve had it on order for a while. The author totally sounds like my kind of girl: you’ve got to love someone whose biography reads: “After serving in the army for eight years, […]

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Rowing: a sport for old-timers?

One of the great and unexpected joys of rowing is the fact that at 40-*cough*-something I am considered a bit of a spring chicken. In a largely veteran squad, the prize hens (if you’ll let me stretch the metaphor just a little further) are those who can push the crew’s age average up into the […]

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Anyone following the GB rowing squad as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic Games can’t have failed to notice that the guys and girls representing us are powered by SiS, their official nutrition suppliers. With just a couple of weeks to go until it all kicks off, SiS have kindly given me a sneak […]

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The river is not safe. Be warned

Rowers everywhere (and especially on the Thames): do not go out on the water without watching this. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This video was brought to you by the fantastic students at Cheney Falcon RC. Show them your support with whatever you can spare.

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