What to expect at the Vets’ Head

(Pic by Ben Rodford, ridiculous editing by me) With just two Vets' Heads under my belt, I'm hardly a world-weary, battle-scarred war horse. I do, however, remember vividly what it's like to race on the Boat Race championship course for the first time. The Tideway is a...

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True Blue – Girl on the River finally makes the crew

It's fair to say that my student days, back in the dim and distant past, were not spent pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I did devote a reasonable amount of time to poring over dusty legal textbooks, it's true, but the rest of my waking hours were mostly occupied with...

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Reuse, don’t dispose – BRITA fill’n’go Active

Here's a thought to get you hot under the collar: every year the average UK household uses 480 disposable plastic bottles. 480! Of those 480, a depressing 210 end up in landfill. Or in the river. Or the ocean. Even people who ought to know better turn up to rowing...

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And the winner is…

The results of my rowing photography competition are in and the winner and runner-up of each category chosen. What a lot of stunning, evocative pictures you came up with, showing off the very best of winter rowing and almost making me sad that winter's coming to an...

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Why rowers should do yoga

Perhaps if you think of yoga you imagine something like this. A fabulous, sun-soaked location somewhere exotic, people in brightly coloured outfits, everyone moving as one. Well I hate to let you down but sadly that's not what this post is about. Come to my rowing...

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It’s time to talk about mental health in rowing

Imagine rowing in a crew, doing what you’ve done before thousands of times for many hours, weeks, months and years and suddenly forgetting how to take a stroke. Desperately trying not to let it show or catch a crab and let the crew down. It sounds like one of those...

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The Girl on the River rowing photography competition

I'm very excited to announce that the Girl on the River Rowing Photography Competition has officially launched, with two super-prestigious judges presiding over the entries. In my travels on social media I've seen hundreds of stunning images by and of rowers, taken...

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The Great Row – pulling together against cancer

Too many people in my life - and I'm willing to bet in yours, too - have either had cancer or are in the throes of it right now. Young, old, fit, slothful, saint, sinner - cancer doesn't discriminate. The haunting memory of ashen-faced, bewildered children at funerals...

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Queen B Athletics – my favourite rowing apparel

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