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Searle takes the hard road to 2012

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Martin Gough | 15:19 UK time, Tuesday, 22 December 2009

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Plenty of Olympic hopefuls train hard in obscurity, hoping for an opportunity to perform in front of the crowds at London 2012, and rower Greg Searle is no exception.

Last Saturday, our camera followed Searle for a training session on the River Thames near Marlow, in Buckinghamshire.

In freezing conditions, he got changed in the car park of a rural scout camp, wiped the snow off his sculling boat and carried it gingerly over the ice around the landing stage.

But the difference with this Olympic hopeful is that he already has two medals, the last one from 13 years ago, and he will be 40 years old if he achieves his aim of standing on the medal podium again in two-and-a-half years' time.

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