British Olympic gold medal winner Zac Purchase has announced his retirement from rowing, following a lengthy break from the sport.
The 27 year-old from Gloucestershire followed his gold at Beijing in 2008 with a silver at the London Games in the lightweight double scull alongside Mark Hunter. He says it's the right time to step away and explore other opportunities.
Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has been talking about his latest challenge - to become a Euro-MP for the south west. The man who twice won gold for rowing, is on the Conservative list of candidates for next year's election.
Today he said he didn't feel his sporting prowess was the reason for his selection - or that the effects of a serious head injury would hamper his chances. He was speaking to our political correspondent Bob Constantine at the Conservative conference in Manchester.
Bristol University will be looking to defend its rowing title as it takes on the University of the West of England in the city's annual Varsity Series. The 1.3km course starts at Cumberland Basin, with the finish line opposite the amphitheatre.
Last year Bristol Uni won six of the nine races. Events in the 19th annual challenge begin at noon, with the final at around 4pm.