Look behind you! Learning to steer a sculling boat

As Small Person in Residence at my rowing club, I feel I have to add value wherever I can, to make up for my lack of heft. So it was only a matter of time before I felt obliged to do my bit steering a quad. For those of you baffled by how this all works, a quick...

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Life after Rio – an interview with Will Satch

Most days my life is pretty humdrum - a regular cycle of eat-sleep-work-row-repeat. But then along comes a day like the one I had recently that makes the rest all worthwhile. After a morning in the press launch watching the Cambridge crews training for the Boat Races...

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Wheels for Helene – why Helene Raynsford deserves our help

What a sportsperson does after they retire says a lot about them. Some seek the limelight, loath to relinquish the spotlight to others. Some turn to drink. Others work quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes for the good of the sport. Helene Raynsford - now Dyson -...

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Irish Olympian Claire Lambe on why the team is everything

One of the reasons I was so excited to see the Cambridge University Women's crew training for Sunday's Boat Races was the fact that the number three seat is occupied by none other than Irish Olympian, Claire Lambe. Claire represented Ireland in the women's lightweight...

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The Boat Race crews laid bare

I don't know about you, but as soon I know I'm being watched, my rowing completely falls apart. All it takes is a few people hanging out on the rowing club steps and I'm thrashing about like a beginner, and as soon as a photographer hoves into view I'm guaranteed to...

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Vets’ Head – the morning after

It's kinda hard, when you return to normal life the day after something like the Vets' Head, to get across to non-rowers quite how momentous these events are without sounding like a freak. "So how was your weekend?" they ask, innocently. "Do anything nice?" "Well,"...

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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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Queen B Athletics – my favourite rowing apparel

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