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Stranger #6: Cathy, Rowing Mother | by It's life Jim....
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Stranger #6: Cathy, Rowing Mother

Just to be clear, Cathy is a mother of a rower.... not a mother who rows.


I met her at the Head Race I attended today that my son competed in. Cathy's son Ed also participated & we got to have a pleasant time chatting on the bank.


As parents of rowers we end up spending unreasonable amounts of time on riverbanks, waiting for a few seconds of excitement as our offspring row past, shouting ourselves hoarse as they pass...... plus doing a taxi service to take them to training sessions 5 or 6 times a week.


When I asked her to pose she was happy to do so.... I chose the classic head & shoulders pose rather than the 3/4 length pose so she could proudly display the bulging bag containing a souvenir from her dog.


I am sure we will see each other again on the riverbank sometime.


p.s. A "Head Race" is a race where the entire field of competitors start at approx 30 second intervals over a course usually 2km-5km. Each boat is individually timed.


This picture is #6 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at


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Taken on October 17, 2010