Training when the rowing club is closed

Training when the rowing club is closed

Training when the rowing club is closed - and when there's nothing in the diary to train for - is a massive challenge. One of the great things about rowing is the accountability. When your name's on that squad list and you're committed to a crew session, you can't...

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Covid-19, the sequel

Covid-19, the sequel

Wow. When I said yesterday that things were moving rapidly, I really had no idea, had I? Since then things have changed so fast with the government's revised covid-19 advice that we are all left reeling. The inevitable flurry of emails last night (not helped by my...

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Water, water everywhere – after the flood

Water, water everywhere – after the flood

Unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island you will, I’m sure, be aware that much of the country has been under water recently. Sadly this included my rowing club, for the second time this year. So far, so normal; we flood fairly frequently and have a good...

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Pete Reed – the spirit of an athlete

Pete Reed – the spirit of an athlete

Unless you've been out of the country for the last week or so you're almost certainly aware that triple Olympic rowing champion, Pete Reed, has given a candid and incredibly moving interview to Sir Matthew Pinsent about life since his spinal stroke in September this...

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Girl on the River’s ultimate wild swimming kit list

Girl on the River’s ultimate wild swimming kit list

  In the last few months I've been taking every opportunity I can to plunge myself into cold bodies of water. I've swum in the River Usk, two spots on the River Wye and even in a sailing lake in the Cotswolds and I'm planning a few British sea swims later in the...

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What do Rowers Wear Under their AIO?

What do Rowers Wear Under their AIO?

It was just a regular Thursday afternoon when I accidentally split the rowing community in two. All I did was tweet a fleeting thought that had passed through my mind, little imagining that the next 24 hours would be taken up in a flurry of intense notifications,...

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