Saturday, 26 June 2010

Summer Madness

It's that crazy time of year again when all the summer sports are competing with each other for our attention - the social calendar is in full swing!  And on top of that we now have World Cup fever in the middle of all of it too.  I'm finding it very difficult to decide what to focus on right now, and work is way down on the list!
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.
I was supporting a number of girls from my club, 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!

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