UK Rowing

State School to Pick Pupils on Rowing Ability - Why Your School Should Do the Same

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

I encourage any school to dare to be, be that school that offers challenges for their pupils to conquer, the school that prepares children for the world as well as their GCSEs. Creating the employees and employers you want to work with won't be solely done in the isolation of a classroom, nobody said "go work for her, she was great at GCSE physics".

Why University Sports So Aren't Worth It

Cristina Criddle | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cristina Criddle

University sports teams are everywhere. A firm believer in the healthy body, healthy mind mantra, I turned up at the sports freshers push with open arms only to be confronted by almost comical stereotypes. Boxing babes brandishing gloves, tennis totty trying to grab your attention, and water polo wonders in Speedos - that's enough.

Oxford Have Lighter Crew Than Cambridge For Upcoming Boat Race (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Sport

Defending champions Oxford unveiled a lighter crew but one with plenty of experience at the weigh-in for the 160th Boat Race with Cambridge. Three ...

This Adventure, Which Has Touched So Many People, Is Drawing to a Close

Claire Birch | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Birch

This adventure has touched so many thousands of people. As the end approaches and the boys get closer to us, I feel that I am also getting a little bit closer to them on some aspects of their experience, albeit wrapped in a soft duvet with a glass of cool orange juice at my side!

Two Hours in the Life of an Atlantic Rower

Dan Howie | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Howie

Since setting off in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge nearly seven weeks ago, we have been rowing continuously in two-hour shifts - essentially our lives have been Eat. Sleep. Row. Repeat. for almost two months. The only time this ceased was when a violent storm during the first ten days of the crossing meant we were unable to row at all.

It's Been an Eventful Week Including Whales, a Full Moon and Requests for Lobster

Claire Birch | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Birch

Over the next couple of days I will start preparing to fly to Antigua to meet the boys. I can hardly believe that we are now anticipating their finish - on the one hand it seems like they set off on this adventure yesterday, but on the other hand it has also felt like a (very traumatic) eternity!

Flying Into the Final Quarter

Dan Howie | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Howie

We have been busy gobbling up the nautical miles - and they tasted good! The end now feels like it's in sight, as the first crew has crossed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge finish line to win the race in 41 days, two hours and 38 minutes. Huge congratulations to Locura Rows the Atlantic!

Corporate Social Responsibility for the Digital Age

Adrian Moxley | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Moxley

Today's business landscape is increasingly transparent, meaning that the pressure is on for companies to demonstrate accountability. Thanks to the rise of social media, companies are more visible to consumers than ever before; information can spread quickly and virally.

Reaching the Halfway Point With a Barnacle-Free Bottom

Dan Howie | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Howie

The weather has finally picked up and is blowing us in the right direction. Happy days! We have clocked up some decent miles over the last few days an...

The Best Christmas Present I Could Wish For!

Claire Birch | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Sport
Claire Birch

This Christmas was my first without my 21-year-old son, Luke, who is currently half-way across the Atlantic in a tiny rowing boat. He and his best friend Jamie (the 2 Boys in a Boat) are taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and if they complete the race they will break the world record for the youngest team to row the Atlantic.

Christmas Wishes and an Update From the Atlantic!

Dan Howie | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Howie

Reaching Christmas Day is a huge milestone for us mentally... It was very hard to spend Christmas away from loved ones, but we managed to get through the day by reminding ourselves that Christmas is not just a time for being with family and opening presents, it's also a time to think of people less fortunate than yourself.

No Sooner Had We Settled Into Life on the Ocean Waves a Storm Hit - and What a Storm It Was...

Dan Howie | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Howie

We have been crossing the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge for almost two weeks now, and what an eventful few days it has been! The race began with fantastic weather, and at one point we were lying in second position, which is a huge achievement - we were ecstatically happy!

It's Hard Thinking of Them Trying to Be Brave as the Atlantic Tosses Their Tiny Boat All Over the Place

Claire Birch | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Claire Birch

Just over a week ago my 21 year old son Luke and his best friend Jamie (the 2 Boys in a Boat), started the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge- a 3,000 mile rowing race across the Atlantic. If they complete the race they will break the world record for the youngest team to row the Atlantic.

And We're Off! The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Has Begun

Dan Howie | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Howie

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2013/14 has begun! We're now 48 hours into the race and we're lying in third place so far. Its early days but we've had a good start and above all, it's an amazing feeling to finally be out in the Atlantic after two years of preparation and training.

This Christmas My Son Will be Rowing the Atlantic for Breast Cancer Care

Claire Birch | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Birch

Today my 21-year-old son, Luke Birch, sets off with his best friend, Jamie Sparks, on a huge challenge. They will attempt to break the world record for the youngest pair to row across the Atlantic.

Why I Am Rowing Across the Atlantic, and Why You Can Do It Too

Jamie Sparks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Sparks

This Christmas, I won't be eating turkey with my family, unwrapping presents and watching panto. I'll be eating dehydrated power food, wrestling with an oar, and watching nothing but the endless waves of the Atlantic ocean.

IN PICTURES: The Battle Of The Sexes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

After the women's boat club at Warwick University caused a storm with their naked calendar, the men's rowing team decided it was their turn for some a...

The Start of the GB Rowing Season

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

It's my fourth week back training, in what is a forty nine week campaign. Last season ended at the start of September with a fifth place in the GB men's four at the World Rowing Championships, a respectable but not electrifying end to the season...

Sports Book Of The Year Longlist Announced

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Sport

Dennis Bergkamp, Lord Sebastian Coe and Jimmy Connors are in contention for the 25th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Arsenal legend Ber...

Preparations for the 2013 Rowing World Championships

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

Image courtesy of Pete Reed. A year ago the Olympics was wrapping up and I was left to make decisions; get a proper job or put my iron back in the f...

Altitude Camp With the Men of GB Rowing

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

Lake Silvretta is 2000m up in the Austrian Alps and has been used by GB's heavyweight men for the past 20+ years. Not one of our world championship or Olympic crews has missed this prep camp.

The Truth About Henley Royal Regatta

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

Henley is tribal; hence the colours, the blazers and gatherings. Racing is pure, mano a mano, arousing passionate displays of support. The crowd is perceived as posh but that's mainly a judgement on the traditional style.

Grinding It Out Since 1988: Life as a GB Rower

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

Being part of a successful and competitive team means the biggest challenge is not when we perform on the international stage, but to be selected. As such, each day is a chance to impress the coaching team, each day is a chance to become an Olympic medallist.

PICTURES: British Rowers Begin 'Toughest' Race Round Coast Of Britain

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Sport

An epic 2,000-mile rowing race around the entire coast of Britain is now underway. The Royal Rowbarge Gloriana led the racers through London's Towe...

Plea for a Sponsor!

Esther Rich | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Anyone who read my previous blog about rowing to London for Beat will know the extent of the challenge my fellow CCCBC rowers and I have set ourselves.