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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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I didn’t really want to write this post. I don’t like getting into Twitter-spats and try to keep things friendly here. But as the Boat Race approaches, the jibes – invariably involving the words “over-privileged”, “class-ridden” and “toffs” – are as predictable as the champagne and Hunter wellies, so I’m going to take a moment […]

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Damn, but it’s cold out there. Heck, it’s even snowing inside – just look at the photo. And since I’m on coxing duties until my rib finally heals, and good winter coxing gear is essential, I’m seriously interested in how to keep warm in the ninth seat.

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  It’s silly, but as soon as I see my first snowdrop, I convince myself that it’s Spring time and confidently expect the temperatures to rise immediately. And of course they don’t. This morning the countryside¬†was covered in a thick layer of hoar frost and it’s distinctly parky out there still. All of which means […]

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