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Alasdair and friends win at Llandaff Regatta in Cardiff

If it happens on water, we tend to love it. So you’ll not be surprised to hear that our latest hobby is rowing. Along with three friends from our village, Alasdair recently rowed in a coxed four on the river Taff at Llandaff, Cardiff, competing in a 500m sprint. The awesome foursome narrowly saw off Bristol Rowing Club by 3 inches, to reach the final. Then they put in their best performance yet to beat the home side by a length and a half in the final. Impressive stuff, given that the Llandaff team were, according to Alasdair, ‘much bigger than us and at least 20 years younger!’

It’s a shame we can’t practise on the canal but the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is slightly too narrow, and rowing a canalboat would be pretty tricky! So we head over to Monmouth Rowing Club twice a week and plough up and down the river Wye. And who wouldn't want to row on that tree-lined waterway; located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most picturesque rivers.

Don’t think that Sarah is sitting on the bank, watching. She’s also putting in the hours training hard for the rest of the regatta season. Not that we’re a competitive couple! And when we're not rowing, we're usually enjoying the outdoors in other ways; check out what activities are available locally