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It had been a long time in coming. 35 long, hard, disappointing races, to be precise. But when the Monmouth boat crossed the line in the final of the WD4+ at Ross Regatta yesterday all the blood, sweat and tears finally melted away. There it was. We had won. Actually won. Nobody stepped forward to […]

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If you enjoyed yesterday’s Rowing Mother Stereotype, thought you might enjoy another. Willing to bet you’ll spot her this weekend. This is the first year that Lisa’s had to go up to Nat Schools on her own. For some reason Tony didn’t seem that keen to come. Frankly she’s finding the whole thing much better […]

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Since it’s National Schools Regatta this weekend, I thought I’d have a rummage around in the archive and dig out a guest post I wrote for another site a few years ago. It’s a bit unkind – all good stereotypes are – and I know (having been a rowing mother myself for a while) that […]

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“Tell me you didn’t just eat those peas,” I said to my son as he put his bowl in the sink. He nodded. Oh. “Those peas” were the frozen peas I’d been using on my fractured ankle to bring down the swelling. They’d been in and out of the freezer every two hours every day […]

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By rights I shouldn’t really be smiling. At the end of two hard races, I came home empty-handed from yesterday’s British Masters’ Champs (better known as Nat Vets), and that’s something that would normally have me sobbing gently as I licked my wounds. We’d gone there with high hopes. After a frustrating season when we […]

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When I was a youngster the idea of ever being as elderly as, say, 35 or 40 seemed appalling and inconceivable; anyone over the age of 21 was positively antique. But that was before I was introduced to the world of masters rowing, where with the passing of years comes not wisdom but useful handicaps, […]

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It looked like the scene of a bloodless massacre. Eight bodies lying in the rowing club gym  – some motionless and slumped over, others sprawled on the floor. But look! On closer inspection, it appeared that some were gasping for breath, and the occasional whimper could be heard. Perhaps there were some survivors after all. […]

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Usually the decisions that you take in the middle of the  night are bad ones. Viewed in the cold light of day, they seem rash, exaggerated, hasty or just plain wrong. Well, not this time. In the early hours last night I decided to discontinue the Sit-Up challenge. It’s been touch and go for a […]

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I am incredibly flattered to have been shortlisted for the Rowperfect Rowing Blogger of the Year awards. Each week another great rowing blog seems to pop up, so I am more delighted than ever to have made the shortlist. Especially as it’s in the athlete category. Alongside, you know, Proper Athletes. The other two bloggers […]

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Another day, another evening row, and last night’s was particularly beautiful. Before we’d even pushed off we’d seen a kingfisher dart past (not a lot of people know how small – and just how blue – they are). The cygnets were showing off their swimming and a family of tiny baby ducklings paddled manfully after […]

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