My new rowing friends! The draw for the Worlds is out.

My new rowing friends! The draw for the Worlds is out.

The draw is out for the World Rowing Masters Championships and I'm not gonna lie, I can feel the butterflies in my stomach. It's all suddenly got a bit scarily real. But alongside the jitters I'm genuinely excited to see all the crews that I'm up against. Yes, for...

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Operation 82 – it’s not over ’till it’s over

Operation 82 – it’s not over ’till it’s over

Two months ago, racing at the Worlds seemed, if not exactly realistic, then at least doable. I was heading towards my final cancer treatment with every prospect of bouncing back afterwards. We had long months of training stretching ahead of us. The sun was shining. It...

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The maiden voyage of Girl on the River

The maiden voyage of Girl on the River

Ever since I took delivery of my gorgeous new boat I've been itching to race in her. Unfortunately I had to pull out of Llandaff as I had a nasty cold, so Bewdley Regatta was the venue for the maiden voyage of Girl on the River (as a racing boat, at any rate). I was...

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We’re going to the Worlds!

We’re going to the Worlds!

So the entries are in, and as things stand I'm going to be racing in a 2x at the Worlds Masters Championships in Hungary in September. Which is completely ridiculous. Even I can see that. So far we've managed to come second out of three in a band 2 race, at a local...

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The one where I end up in an ambulance…

The one where I end up in an ambulance…

It started with a grandiose plan, as so many things in my life do. In a sudden rush of blood to the head I signed up for the World Masters Championships in Hungary in September, not really thinking too hard about what that might involve. I knew I wasn't really worthy...

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A survivor’s guide to coxing the Tideway

A survivor’s guide to coxing the Tideway

Perhaps you were tricked into it. Maybe you're doing it for a dare. It might be a bucket list goal checked off or the next step in your coxing career or even a last-minute stand-in because nobody else was available. Whatever your reasons for coxing the Tideway for the...

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Back in the game – Girl on the River is back

Back in the game – Girl on the River is back

When I last wrote, my chemo had just come to an end and I was about to embark on my first race in a single, at Ross Regatta. And somehow another six months have passed without me posting, so it's high time for a Girl on the River update. As you can see from the...

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What the duck? The one where I become a male student…

What the duck? The one where I become a male student…

My experience of rowing as a student was, as I've admitted before, an unedifying one. Disgracefully unfit, often hung over and with an aversion to early mornings, I wasn't cut out for anything remotely energetic. Small wonder that my foray into rowing was nasty,...

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