Media frenzy!


It’s been an amazing couple of days. We arrived at Heathrow on Tuesday evening to a reception of family and friends and it has been a media whirlwind ever since.

Arrival home

Yesterday started with Natalia visiting Radio 4 to speak on the Today Show and then we all headed to GSK Human Performance Lab for re-testing. We have been working with GSK HPL since the preparation stages of the row and we last saw them just before we departed for San Francisco in April when they did body composition, bone density and physiology testing on the team. Yesterday, we had the same tests performed and were able to see the changes to our bodies after 9 months at sea.


After GSK, we hot footed it over to the BBC and returned as guests on The One Show. It was great to see Alex and Matt again and to be back in the studio as The One Show have followed our journey from the start. We also go to meet Jack Black!  As a huge surprise, The One Show had made contact with Guinness World Records and announced to us live on air that our new World Records have been officially verified.  The Coxless Crew are the first female and the first 4s boat to have crossed the Pacific Ocean!

The One Show

For a little bit of R&R we went out for dinner after the show with Keith Goddard, our sports psychologist (of Zeus Performance Psychology), and Ella, our social media queen. It was great to catch up with them at Byrons over burgers, but we’re going to have to stop eating like this soon, now that we’re no longer rowing 12 hours a day!

We kicked off this morning with a trip to ITV to appear on the Lorraine show. It was wonderful meeting Lorraine and the crew, who were so welcoming. While we at ITV, we were lucky enough to meet Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid. Laura met Ben about 4 years ago at the start of the project, so it was great to catch up with him now that we’ve achieved what we set out to. We also bumped into the lovely Marina Fogle, who had a giggle with us about the Fogle/Cracknell blog that Laura wrote during leg 3, and Greg James, who is about to do 5 back-to-back triathlons for Sport Relief, so it was a busy morning!

LorraineBen and Susanna

After some media calls and a team meeting, kindly hosted at Izzy’s offices at Powell Gilbert LLP, we headed to London Live to appear on lunchtime news.  It was then straight on to the offices of the Times.  Keep an eye out in Monday’s edition of the Times 2 to see what we got up to while we were there!



  1. Jim Andrews says:

    I saw the One show and Lorraine. Very good, you make very relaxed celebrities. I can’t wait for “Losing Sight of Shore to be released. It is a shame that Lizanne has not been mentioned, as she played a huge part in the venture. I would love to hear a few stats about the effects on your body’s of your 9 months at sea, weight loss, muscle gain etc? XX

  2. Jim Andrews says:

    Thank you JG, great interview.

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