Racing in the heat – how to survive a hot regatta

Racing in the heat – how to survive a hot regatta

We've just officially had the hottest August Bank Holiday on record. I think the technical description is "scorchio". And since we all know that August Bank Holiday means Ross Regatta, it meant I was racing in temperatures more appropriate for the average sauna. Not...

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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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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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My beautiful new boat and what I’m calling her

My beautiful new boat and what I’m calling her

It's a bit of an indulgence, I know. I don't actually NEED a single of my own. I'm lucky enough to be in a club that has a few nice single sculls that are not massively outside my weight category. I'm a featherweight 53kg and we have a couple of lovely singles that...

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Banya No.1 – muscle recovery, Russian-style

Banya No.1 – muscle recovery, Russian-style

  Anyone who's been following Girl on the River for a while will know I am a passionate convert to saunas and their beneficial effects, ever since I raced in Finland a couple of years ago and a lakeside sauna session transformed me from a wobbly, aching,...

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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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