Do we have a veteran section? Has anyone seen it?
Indeed we have…but the majority of the masters athletes have embraced the tough regime set by Mr South and can be seen training with the main squad, despite having to attend at 7.15am and weekend mornings.
Ageing bodies are being subjected to Park Runs, 2 Km and 20 min ergo tests, 5 weights sessions (core and heavy weights) and a gruelling weekend water torture. Actually, the feedback has been one of enjoyment of being included and pleasure of withstanding the pressure applied. Our star performers are undoubtedly Anna O’Rawe and Rob Thomson. Both are giving ‘the young ones’ a serious run for their money.
Outside the senior training squad, we have Ray Merrall doing a sterling job running Tuesday commando circuits for the novices and the remainder of the veterans, as well as ploughing up the river at weekends.
Kapica-man has returned to training and gives the pleasure of his company to both squads as he sees fit. Mr Sweeney graces us with occasional appearances between training for triathlons and the 2008 Marathon des Sables. ( Yes, he IS off his trolley). On a more leisurely front we have all spotted NWD, Lesley and Tessa gliding down the river.
The racing side has been a bit quiet, with the river showing it's teeth and the lock keeper the red boards. Carol and Birgith managed a win in Vet D 2x at Weybridge before the new ‘Big Brother' cancelled virtually any opportunity for winter racing.
So the next veteran showing is likely the Vets' Eights Head on March 17th. Certainly the Kingston/International women's' Eight will appear again, and if plans allow, we hope a Vet A eight from the women too. If all the athletes stay injury free, we have a great chance of wining this event.
We certainly also have enough men over the required age to form a decent men's' crew. But I suspect this depends on how many beers they propose to consume after the Tideway Head the day before.
So yes...the Vet section is live and well, just with eggs in many baskets.
Happy Christmas to one and all and keep training. We would not like to be the reason for Mr South to get a sore throat.