Dorney lake brings back memories for me having competed in numerous duathlon and triathlon events in and around the lake over the years. This year however, it is the venue for the Olympic rowing competition. Rowing has a long history, but only really became a competitive sport a couple of hundred years ago, with much of the press associated with the Oxford and Cambridge rivalry. Since then the sport has seen a large amount of British success, with famous names including the Searle brothers, Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pincent, to name but a few. Olympic races are all over a distance of 2000m and will be spread across 6 lanes. The events span from singles, to a crew of eight and Britain will have high hopes of medals in this year’s competitions once again.
If you’re staying at Flemings and you want to watch the Rowing competition at Eton Dorney you need to follow these directions:
1. Take the underground Jubilee Line from Green Park towards Stanmore
2. Change in Baker Street to the Bakerloo line towards Harrow & Wealdstone
3. Get off at Paddington tube station and change into the National Rail service towards Slough and voila you have arrived!