Saturday, 26 June 2010
But on Friday afternoon there was no question where I wanted to be - Henley Qualifiers. For the uninitiated these are time trials that are held on the Henley Royal Regatta course, to decide who goes through to race at Henley Royal Regatta the following week.
There is no dress code (having to wear a skirt or dress that covers your knees!), expensive Pimms, or exclusive member's enclosures to worry about, this is purely about rowing and everybody there is either racing, or supporting somebody else that is, and the atmosphere of anticipation is great.
Mortlake Anglian and Alpha as well as some great, slightly older, girls I row with who were also attempting to get through! As the stroke girl Hilary said "If we get through I will possibly be the oldest, lightest and smallest competitor ever to row at Henley Royal - she is 51! Unfortunately they were pipped at the post, but did put on a great performance. Oh well, there's always next year!