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In the five years I’ve been writing Girl on the River, I’ve shied away from collaborations. Sure, I’ve done product reviews, but I’ve never felt it was quite right to go into any kind of long-term relationship with any company. Nobody felt quite right, or quite up to scratch. Until, that is, I discovered Queen […]

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If you have a coxswain in your life, it’s a safe bet that life is never dull. It’s amazing how much personality – and volume – you can pack into a tiny frame. All that sass and shoutiness needs to be regularly rewarded with generous gifts, though. This is where I come in. Here’s my […]

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After four years of blogging from the river it’s time for a bit of a revamp at Girl on the River, not least because I’m aware this site isn’t mobile-friendly, so it’s off to the drawing board. As in any good relationship, though, I won’t do anything drastic without consulting you first. So I need […]

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My regatta career has involved huge highs and lows. There have been disasters. Tears. Joy. Pain. Cake. Beer. And occasionally a pot to drink the beer from. Through all the agony and the ecstasy I’ve had plenty of time to think about what makes the perfect regatta. Winning obviously helps, though it’s not essential, but […]

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This isn’t the first time Bridget has made an appearance at Girl on the River. I first introduced you to her last year when I came up with a list of Christmas gifts for women rowers. At that point I hadn’t met Bridget in person – she was just a cute all-in-one I’d spotted online […]

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With just two (*gulp*) weeks left until the British Masters Champs, aka Nat Vets, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the river lately. Normally by this stage in proceedings, with outings consisting of sweaty, splashy sprints, my hands are a horrible mess. Blisters, callouses, blisters under callouses, rips, tears and broken nails. It’s […]

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I told you last time that I’d been shifting some tin in an attempt to get some muscle on my feeble limbs before regatta season starts in earnest, so it was timely that MyProtein recently sent me a selection of products from their range to try out. The arrival of the MyProtein box created some […]

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I can’t deny I make sacrifices for my readers. I like to go the extra mile. Which is why, in a supremely self-sacrificial gesture, I have forced myself to make and eat a batch of chocolate brownies, just so you didn’t have to. I know, I know, it’s crazy, but that’s the kind of girl […]

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  For the last week I’ve been making everyone hate me with photos of my rowing trip to Bellagio, and I couldn’t blame you for being green with envy. I won’t be blogging about this trip as I’m writing it up for everyone’s favourite magazine, Rowing & Regatta, so don’t forget to look out for […]

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Hurrah – the clocks have changed, the sun is shining, evening rowing is GO and summer is just around the corner! It’s early days, I know, but I’m excited about the season so I want to tell you already about a cool (in every sense) top that I lived in during last year’s fabulously warm […]

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