Unexpected chat with Sir Steve Redgrave

An unexpected chat with Sir Steve Redgrave.
On Saturday afternoon, 19th September, Patricia and I went to Marlow as that evening we were booked in at the Compleat Angler for a meal. Marlow Rowing club is close by so before having a riverside stroll we visited the club They have a brand new boathouse which had been officially opened by Sir Steve earlier that day. We were given a tour of the new facilities, most impressive, and then taken to the bar where we had a drink.
Sir Steve was close by and I asked him whether he liked The Radleys of Lea book. I showed him a copy and he said the copy Katrina Robinson at the Regatta headquarters was meant to have given him must have been put in the wrong place as he hadn’t seen it before.
He then looked through it and spoke about his memories of Springhill, mentioned Graham Hill and Sid Rand and he recognised the Radley bungalow from the pic in the book. He took away the book and said he would ask Katrina to look for the other copy. Patricia also got to have a chat with him.
We showed him the part about Simon Boyde rowing at Henley in the double sculls an event won by a crew containing a young Sir Steve in 1992. Sir Steve said he was 20 at the time and asked me how old I was and said I was wearing better than him which I don’t think is true.


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