I met comedian John Bishop at last night’s BT Sport Relief ball. If you missed the news, John recently rowed The Channel as part of his Paris to London “week of hell”. John and his crew (Freddie Flintoff, Davina McCall and Denise Lewis) rowed the same boat we will be using and Mike Gilbert who coxed them is our coach and cox. I had to ask John for some advice and his tip was to put rehydration tablets in the water. He didn’t have them which he said really affected him. I also managed to grab Freddie whose main advice was “it’s boring”. I guess I’ll take a good book then. Hats off to both of them.