Sometimes you only know if you’re going to be able to do something by trying it. So it was this weekend, when I rowed in my first ever marathon. With my dodgy medical history, I was fully aware that the Great Ouse Marathon – 21.5 km upstream – was going to push me to my […]
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Posted in Reviews on Jul 19th, 2016
With the temperatures hotter than we’ve seen them for a while, it seems like a good time to be talking about hydration. Unsurprisingly, Team GB don’t let a bit of hot weather get between them and their training, but they have to be careful to stay hydrated and avoid fatigue, cramp and all the other […]
I suppose it was inevitable after all the excitement of last week. I’ve heard the Monday after Henley referred to as Black Monday. But nothing quite prepared me for the crash that came after the high. I was fine, in fact, until I got back on the river. But having seen at close hand how […]
There’s nothing like racing to make you feel positively adolescent in your emotions. Elation. Deflation. Anticipation. Fear. Hope. Disappointment. Joy. Despair. Envy. Frustration. It’s a giant melting pot of swirling feelings, actions and reactions – the worst and the best that it’s possible to experience. Goodness only knows how actual adolescents cope with it. Anyway, […]
Posted in Rowing life on Jun 2nd, 2016
When an elderly man standing on the riverbank was watching my quad, not long after I’d started rowing, I didn’t think much of it. All I noticed was that he was watching us intently. It was only later that I learned it was a figure who has made a massive impact on Monmouth rowing – […]
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge gadget-lover. I’ve never been the one to go for the latest bit of tech, and have shown little interest in those digital computer thingies – whatever they are – hanging from the necks of coaches and coxes. So when along came Rowperfect said I could […]
I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a bit of a rowing kit geek. I have strong views on what is OK and what is not when it comes to river attire, and will be the first to admit that I’m picky. So when Blue Heron – the new kid on the kit block – […]
I always knew the Monmouth women were a fierce and fabulous bunch of women. What I didn’t realise, even after several years at the club, was quite how fierce and quite how fabulous. Until last week’s women’s squad Christmas party.
If there’s one thing surprises people more than finding out I’m a rower, it’s discovering that I’m from Belfast. I’ve pretty much lost the accent after many years on the other side of the Irish Sea, but I’m still a Belfast girl through and through. I grew up thinking Samson and Goliath were giant cranes […]
Posted in Rowing life on Oct 21st, 2015
It all started, bizarrely, with bees. I’d sent an idea about bee therapy to Top Sante magazine. “No thanks,” they replied, “but would you like to write an article about tantric sex instead?” Well, I’m never one to turn away work, so before I knew it I was searching the scarier reaches of the internet […]