As you may well know, the weather Gods destroyed the Veteran Eights Head. Our all Kingston Vet A girls got as far as to put the boat on the water before the whole thing was cancelled, whilst the Vet E girls were still gossiping with their Czech, Canadian, Norwegian and Dutch crew members. So no chance to try the nice new Janousec eight, kindly lent by Tiffin, only a swig of beer in Vesta.
So we went back to training.
What did the veterans get up to over the summer? Apart from enjoying a typical English summer, learning how to deal with blustery winds and copious amounts of soaked rowing kit?
Well, Rob Thompson was awarded a hard fought for place in the Thames Cup Eight and so had the pleasure of rowing at HRR on the Thursday, having destroyed their early opposition. Not bad for a Vet C oarsman.
Both Helen and Anna managed to destroy their bodies under Ian's harsh regime and sadly missed out on the main racing. They put in a token appearance at Richmond Regatta in the 2-, destined for Women's Henley, only to come home with more wet kit. (!!)
Sadly their injuries didn't allow for racing at WHR despite a good show at the Henley Trials at KRC.
The slightly more mature birds, Carol and Birgith won the Veteran Nationals in the 2x with some ease, despite having trained solely in the 2-. A quick rigging change saw them second in the 2-. (Again!) Maybe we should train in the 2x??
Andy Tompkins, with Rob in the first eight, was having to mix it with Walbrook across the river, but did win a fine Gold at Henley Veterans in the Vet D 4- rowing in KRC colours, and a close second in Vet D 8s at the Veteran nationals.
Ray was saving himself for the Masters in Trakai, and Andy Kapica did his best to pace the girls in his single to make sure they always came off the water absolutely knackered. He really is a tough old goat. You would have thought by now he would have learned how to give in!
As for Dermod Sweeney....well!
He only went and did an ‘Iron Man Triathlon'.
Is he not aware that his birth certificate labels him as a 62 year old?
2.8 miles swim, 112 miles on a bike followed by a full marathon running. I ask you.? With 1600 participants of all ages, he came in the mid 1100's , 7th in his age group. We do breed them tough at KRC. Well done Dermod.- Now get back in a boat!