Leaping Fish’s Rowers Rub was invited to participate at the Castle to Crane on the 15th September – the Scottish version of the Great River Race in its second year, and to sponsor some of the prizes. Rowing up the Clyde from Dumbarton and finishing by the Finnieston Crane in central Glasgow, then rowing back to the Riverside museum was a first for our boat. Rowers Rub helped the crew from Dorset as one of only three Pilot Gigs in the race of 13 miles amongst lots of St Ayles Skiffs and assorted other craft. Lots of interest in our anti-chafing balms from a new rowing sector which is growing at a great rate. Looking forward to next year!
The Finnieston Crane
The barque Glenlee moor at Riverside
The Great River Race on the 8th September was the usual spectacle of organised chaos with hundreds of boats competing to get on the water in time – and then competing on the water to get a respectable time. The weather was kind, the crowds were great and the race was as hard as ever.
Rowers Rub was in demand at the campsite on the Friday evening as well as at the start early on Saturday. There was llots of conversations about the relative merits of Rowers Rub over Sudacreme and Vaseline (absolutely no contest in our view!) and the need for Rowers Hand Rub afterwards to help gnarled hands recover. We had great feedback from satisfied customers too.
Leaping Fish Runners Rub went to White Star’s East Farm event in the middle of Dorset – a Marathon, Half Marathon and a 10 k all in one place and one one day. Great event, lovely people and lots of interest in Runners Rub. We liberally offered lots of runners and plodders surviving thigh rub, inner arm rub, clothing rub and nipple rub a test of Runners Rub with a great reaction and appreciation. Successful day all round, and lots of respect for all the competitors who ran up the hills in the heat….
We’ve had some great feedback on our Rowers Hand Rub! One rower who suffers from eczema brought some at Swanage Sea Rowing Club’s regatta on the 2nd June, and we met him again at Langstone Gig club two weeks later He showed his hands and said that it had really improved after using the Rowers Hand Rub!
On Saturday 19th May Leaping Fish took supplies of Rowers Rub to the Hamble River Raid at the pretty town of Hamble-le-Rice in Hampshire. Fantastic weather ensured a high turnout of all sorts of rowed and paddled craft to race the 6 miles up and back the river. Good to see some friends whom we last saw at Dartmouth Head of the Dart too.
Swanage Sea Rowing Club achieved an excellent 5th place at the World Pilot Gig Championship in Old Harry out of around 37 entrants in the Supervets final. In unusually calm conditions for the Atlantic waters around the Scilly Isles the brightly painted gigs lined up to race back to St Mary’s harbour. Rowers Rub helped several crew members avoid fricton sores during the three and a half mile row to the start line and race back. Pictures courtesy Gigrower.
Barnaby is at the World Pilot Gig Championships at the Isles of Scilly rowing with Swanage Sea Rowing Club. This year is the biggest ever field with 158 gigs registered with thousands of rowers. He’s taken a limited supply of Rowers Rub and Rowers Hand Rub to help ease any sore posteriors and mangled hands….
Below the infamous Scillonian ferry – not the easiest boat to travel on in bad weather.
Following our sucesssful day in Dartmouth on Saturday (see previous post) we drove up to London to prepare for supporting the runners at the Putney and Fulham half marathon with our associates RunUK on Sunday. Another early 06:30 start took us to the Barn Elms Sports Centre in Barnes, where the race started and finished, with the River Thames as the backdrop. We had the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss Runners Rub with some of the many particpants.
The weather was kind – cool and dry – and everyone from the elite runners to the joggers sprinted, smiled or staggered over the finish. For those who were suffering massage was provided by Kevin Farrell and James Carolan who were offering Leaping Fish’s Muscle Rub as an alternative to more conventional oils. We’ll be at more of RunUK’s events later in the year.