No regatta? No problem. My 60km charity challenge

No regatta? No problem. My 60km charity challenge

One of the inevitable casualties of Covid-19 is our annual regatta, always held on the May bank holiday weekend (it would have been this coming weekend). Sad though it is for us as a club to be missing out on one of the highlights of our year, it's even sadder for the...

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Life in lockdown – the weird new normal

Life in lockdown – the weird new normal

More than a month into lockdown, most of us have settled down into some kind of rhythm. There's definitely a new normal - it no longer feels weird to be exercising via video screen with the wifi dipping in and out - and life in lockdown, for those of us lucky enough...

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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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