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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It’s a kind of magic – the World Rowing Masters Regatta

It’s a kind of magic – the World Rowing Masters Regatta

I've never been a big subscriber to the claim that "it's not the winning, it's the taking part". For someone as competitive as me, it's always, always been about the winning. But heading out to the World Rowing Masters Regatta, for the first time ever, I really did...

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Should you wear sunglasses for rowing? And if so, which ones?

Should you wear sunglasses for rowing? And if so, which ones?

There was a time when I would wear any old sunnies for rowing. As a forgetful, clumsy type prone to losing and sitting on my belongings, I figured the cheaper the better. Until, that is, I found myself rowing alongside an optometrist who told me, in no uncertain...

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