Beth Rodford

 Beth Rodford

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Beth finished 9th in the women's single scull. She moved to the women's quadruple scull for the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, finishing 4th alongside Tina Stiller, Melanie Wilson and Jess Leyden. Racing in the same combination at the second World Cup in Varese, the quad won the B final. Beth raced in the women's single scull at the third World Cup in Lucerne, and finished 16th. She was selected as the women's spare for the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette. 

Beth raced in the women's quadruple scull throughout the 2014 season.  The women's quad of Beth, Tina Stiller, Lucinda Gooderham and Vicki Meyer-Laker first came together for the 2014 European Championships in Belgrade where they finished 5th.  At the second World Cup in Aiguebelette they reached the A Final and were once again placed 5th.  The final World Cup in Lucerne saw an injured Lucinda Gooderham replaced by Olivia Carnegie-Brown.  The crew narrowly missed the A Final but raced well to win the B Final, finishing 7th. At the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam the crew, with Lucinda Gooderham back in the boat, finished 9th overall. 

During the 2013 World Cup series, Beth raced in the women's double scull and eight in Sydney finishing 4th in both. At Eton Dorney, she finished 4th in the women's quadruple scull and in Lucerne, she raced in the women's eight finishing 4th.  At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Beth raced in the women's eight finishing 4th overall.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
Beth raced in the women’s quadruple scull throughout each of the four years of the London Olympiad.

During the 2012 World Cup season the quad won a bronze medal in Belgrade, came 5th in Lucerne and won another bronze medal in Munich.  At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Beth, with Melanie Wilson, Debbie Flood and Frances Houghton, made the Olympic final and finished 6th.

At 2011 World Rowing Championships on Lake Bled in Slovenia, Beth, racing with crewmates Debbie Flood, Annabel Vernon and Melanie Wilson, finishing 7th.

In 2010 the quad won gold in Bled, silver in Munich and gold in Lucerne.  In challenging conditions on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Beth and her crewmates Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Annabel Vernon won a superb gold.

In 2009 Beth was selected in the women's quad and raced in all three World Cups, winning gold in Banyoles, silver in Munich and coming 5th in Lucerne.  She also doubled up into the women's double scull in Banyoles, placing 5th.  At the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, the quad were 5th.

Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
In the 2008 World Cup series Beth raced in the eight finishing 5th and 6th before winning a bronze in Poznan. She raced at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the women's eight and finished 5th.  

Beth raced in the eight in the 2007 World Cup series, always reaching the A Final and winning silver followed by a 5th and 4th place.

She won the pairs event at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials in 2005 and raced in the pair and the eight at the Eton World Cup regatta, winning bronze in the latter event before switching to the four at the World Cup in Lucerne where she also took bronze.  Beth went on to be part of the women's eight that performed well at the 2005 World Championships in Japan, finishing 5th.

Athens 2004 Olympiad: 2001 – 2004
Beth became World U23 Champion in 2004 in the women's four coached by Gary Stubbs.  

In 2001/2002 she spent a year rowing at Washington State University in the USA before returning to London to take up her Sport Science studies at Brunel University.

Beyond the Boat
Reading a good book and being creative are Beth?s hobbies away from rowing. She enjoys cake decorating and Great British Bake Off is her favourite TV programme, along with The Killing.

Her ideal travel destination is "anywhere hot with a beach and a sense of adventure" and the three things she would take to a desert island are a solar-powered water purifier, a pillow and a wind-up radio. She listens to whatever is on the radio in training but says the "Joseph and His Technicolor Dream Coat soundtrack is a good accompaniment to an 18k erg". Pizza and a cider is her perfect post-competition meal.

Beth remains the junior British Indoor Rowing record-holder over 2,000m in the J13, 14, 15 and 16 age groups.

Beth is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth: Burton-upon-Trent
Current Address: Caversham
Home Town: Gloucester
Region(s): Gloucestershire
Personal information
Date of Birth: 28th December 1982
Height: 177cm
Education: Brunel University
Rowing information
Club: Gloucester Rowing Club
Boat: Women's Spare
Role: Rower

Paul Thompson

Learnt to Row: Gloucester Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Gloucester Rowing Club
Original Coach(es):

Mark and Cath Pollard

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results
World Cup III - Lucerne 16th W1x
World Cup II - Varese 7th W4x
Olympic Games
2012 6th W4x
2008 5th  W8+
World Rowing Championships
2015 Spare
2014 9th W4x
2013 4th W8+
2011 7th W4x
2010 Gold W4x
2009 5th W4x
2007 12th W2-
2006 8th W8+
2005 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2004 Gold W4-
2003 6th W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships
2000 4th W4-
2000 6th W8+
1999 Bronze W4-
European Rowing Championships
2015 4th W4x
2014 5th W4x
World University Rowing Championships
2004 Bronze W4-
GB Rowing Senior Trials
2015 9th W1x
2014 3rd W1x
2011-12 3rd W1x