Eton Dorney

Great Britain's Helen Glover (R) and Heather Stanning in the women's pair heat 1 of the rowing event at Eton Dorney on July 28 (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages)

At Eton Dorney, the crowds lining the 2,000m course that is home to Eton College’s rowing teams are already enormous and it is only just past 9am. The system for getting people into the course is incredibly efficient and spectators have been restricted only by the speed with which they can walk.

Even the press have stopped moaning here at Eton Dorney, not least because they can get a hot bacon roll for breakfast.

The rowing competition is all over by 12.30, so it’s definitely a sport for early risers.¬†Which is precisely the reason why I didn’t pursue it myself at university! Read more >>