Wild swimming workshop – a river-lover’s dream

It was only a matter of time before Girl on the River became Girl IN the River. I'm not talking about capsizing here - though admittedly I've had the occasional dip that way as well - but actual, voluntary, full-body immersion in the river, by way of a wild swimming...

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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

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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Six months of cancer treatment later… an update!

Wow, what a lot can happen in six months... When I last posted, in early February, I was about to have surgery for primary breast cancer, and at the time I thought that would be it. After a few weeks of recovery I'd be back on the river and life would return to...

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The C word…

I’ve dithered for ages about whether to write this post and how much to say. But I figured this blog is about the ups AND downs of my rowing life, and this subject impacts pretty heavily on that subject, so here goes. The thing is, I have to go into hospital on Monday...

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The seven stages of an erg test

The erg test. It's a fact of life for most rowers but somehow that doesn't make it any easier. An erg test takes up disproportionate amounts of mental space, becoming a traumatic obsession and turning otherwise level-headed adults into irrational toddlers. Here's how...

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WINNER!!! The Myprotein Fitness Awards 2017

After a rather downbeat few weeks I've started to feel it's time to change the mood, and how better to do it than with a celebration? I'm beyond thrilled to tell you that Girl on the River has won the endurance category of the Myprotein Fitness Awards 2017!!! This is...

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Christmas gifts for rowers – stocking fillers

If you're anything like me, you start to get a little bit panicky around this time of year. I start strong, early in the season, with a few easy wins, picking up bits and pieces that don't require much brainwork. And then suddenly, whoosh, it's December, Bublé is...

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