There comes a point in every rower’s life when the Rowing World starts to overlap with the Real World. Specifically, your rowing friends meet your normal friends and your secret life as a weirdo-river-lover is exposed. Is there anything scarier than someone announcing, “Ooh, I met someone you row with”? This has happened to me […]
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It wasn’t supposed to be like this. My first time coxing a race was meant to take place on a nice, straight course with no major obstacles or risks, just to ease me in gently. Huh. I should, of course, have known better. If there’s one thing that has characterised my rowing career, it’s things […]
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 […]
Posted in Health and fitness on Mar 25th, 2015
I guess it was inevitable. Having had a brief flirtation with some other sports a couple of years ago, I came back to rowing, my long-term love, and all was forgiven. But once you’ve strayed it’s bound to happen again, and sure enough it has. Before you look away in disgust, though, bear with me. My dalliance could […]
Just want to give a quick shout-out to the kids at Monmouth Comprehensive School Boat Club, who are raising money to support their club. We share a boat house with MCSBC and what a great bunch they are. OK, so quite a few of their parents are friends of mine, so I’m a touch biased, […]
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.
I’ve been feeling pretty RARRRR! about sport the last few days. First there was the awesomely fantastic This Girl Can campaign launched by Sport England, designed to encourage women to get involved in sport. If you haven’t seen it, check out their video (and even if you have seen it, it definitely bears a second […]
So, how are you all? Raring to go and feeling tip top and well rested after Christmas? Hmmmm. I can’t say my new year has got off to the spiffing, sparkling start I’d have liked it to. Still coughing from a cold that began five weeks ago, I’ve managed to revive an old rib injury […]
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 […]
So with Evesham Head cancelled, I was feeling a little bereft. Happily Evesham wasn’t the only rowing jaunt that we’d lined up for the weekend. Our women’s squad is on the look-out for a fabulous new eight; our existing Janousek is getting on a bit and is distinctly on the heavy side. We’ve been trying out […]