Brighton & hash
“If you are going through hell, keep going”, “Never, never, never give up”… just a couple of quotes we could use from our weekend’s location namesake. But, we think this is a more suitable option: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”. - Winston Churchill.
We were in Brighton this weekend at the aforementioned Churchill Square, for the third leg of the #NutsGoRow tour. It got off to a rather Wham start, as the heavens opened and we were wet, wet, wet… But fear not, because just after we ran around like headless chickens putting up the gazebo and getting everything out of the rain, it soon stopped (albeit momentarily but the frustration was still ever present). When all was dry we finished setting up the stage and speaking to the very confused Brighton public… and by Brighton public, I mean French students on a trip asking us the answer to cockney rhyming slang Ruby Murray and the name of our British National Flag (which Dan totally knew).
So the day didn’t start well, but things soon picked up. We discovered that if we didn’t approach people to speak to them, they were actually more willing to donate, which was cool and insulting at the same time… Although if a bunch of wet guys in tights were coming towards me from a gazebo of rowing machines I might try and swerve them too. This time we started the event at 10pm, a mistake we would realise nearer to the end. Every time we do one of these events we take a few learnings away, this one would be the importance of a good diet during the event (less Krispy Kremes and more Neat Nutrition shakes), not doing a gym session the day before and don’t ever, EVER try and keep up with Kiko.
Who is Kiko? Good question, an even better question is how she gained her rowing super powers! Kiko Matthews is a solo rower who will be crossing the Atlantic solo in January in an attempt to break the world record for a solo cross. After rowing with her we can attest to the fact she is well equipped with all the tools to do so. Friendly in nature with some pretty good banter, Kiko joined us Saturday evening until Sunday morning to row with the team, setting her own personal record of a rowing marathon in a crazy 3 hours and 7 minutes. On a rowing machine. In the middle of Churchill Square. Absolutely mental.
By the end we felt pretty good about the whole weekend, the people of Brighton were getting more and more generous and although one final (ungodly, apocalyptic) burst of rain briefly soaked our good spirits, we were soon done, packed up and on our merry way home. We’d like to give massive thanks to all the friends, families and the general public that came to support us during this row. I think we would all agree with aching bodies and extremely tired muscles that it was one of the toughest, so it meant a lot. The next event in June will be at the St Davids Centre in Cardiff and more information will be unravelled soon.
As we get closer to the start of the race and experience with our training we will be sharing more and more knowledge with you, from training plans, to nutrition guides and recipes. Here is the first of the recipes from Steve’s kitchen to you:
Potato Hash with Spinach and Eggs (Serves 2 people)
- 2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced finely
- 1 garlic clove, diced finely
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 100g of baby leaf spinach, washed and dried
- 100g of parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 handful of chopped fresh parsley
- 2 large eggs
- Coarse salt
- Ground black pepper
- Splash of olive oil
- 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- In a saucepan bring the sweet potatoes to a boil in salted water over a high heat. Cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 10 minutes and then drain.
- While your potatoes are cooking heat a splash of olive oil over a medium heat and when hot, add the onion and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Once soft add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
- Add the potatoes, chilli flakes and paprika; season with salt and pepper. Cook until potatoes are golden, around 3 minutes. Add your spinach and cover for a minute until it wilts and then stir everything together.
- Make two wells in the potato mixture with the back of a spoon. Crack 2 eggs into each well and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until whites are set but yolks are still runny, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley and serve immediately.