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So, I’ve covered the juniors and the women, and now it’s time for the men. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Christmas shopping I find the men in my life impossible to buy for. Craft fairs and cute little local shops get the girls sorted by mid-November, but however good my […]

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There’s just under a fortnight until Christmas now, and I am starting to get a bit twitchy about my abject failure to get my Christmas shopping done. If you’re in the same boat and need something for a rower (or indeed a cox or coach) in your life, or if you just need some cheering up […]

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I hope you don’t think it’s sexist to post different gift guides for male and female rowers, but our approach to kit and caboodle – at my club at least – does seem to be quite different. I’ve never, for example, seen a woman rower stripping down to her knickers to row because she’d forgotten her […]

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With the festive thang still going strong chez Girl on the River, I have more Christmas goodies for you! This time it’s a Crewroom beanie worth £12, and there are two up for grabs so you have even more chance of winning.   I’m a big fan of the hat for winter rowing (and coxing, […]

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Girl on the River is in a pretty festive mood this year. The first gift guide is already up on the blog, I’m planning my Christmas video (oh yeah – watch out Band Aid) and I’ve even done some Christmas baking. So it’s definitely time to start giving and receiving. In the first of my […]

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If you have a young rower in your life, you may be scratching your head over what to get them for Christmas. Kids, teenagers and young adults are tricky to buy for, but I bring good tidings of great joy. You no longer have to fall back on iTunes vouchers. Here’s my definitive guide to […]

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A rummage through the Girl on the River archives unearthed an old post about health and fitness Twitter stereotypes. I thought it might be fun to run it again and to add a couple at the end to bring it up to date. Can you recognise yourself? 1. The Caveman This tweeter is All Man […]

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Exciting news, river-lovers! Girl on the River has made the finals in the Bloggers’ Lounge Blog Awards 2014, in the health and fitness category. That means I’ve been chosen by the judges as one of the top five health and fitness bloggers, so as you can imagine I’m pretty damned pleased. It doesn’t end there, […]

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How to cox a head race

It was bound to happen at some point. A dangerous combination of short stature, small frame and an unfeasibly loud voice could mean only one thing. At some point I was inevitably going to end up coxing a race. However much I might protest – and protest I did – coxing was always going to […]

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I was interviewed by a journalist this morning who wanted to know if rowing was a posh sport. I’ve blogged about this briefly before, but it’s worth saying again, as it’s something I feel quite strongly about.

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