It was to be the biggest sporting weekend of the year for my younger son – and for me too. My son had football training on Saturday morning, followed by unheard-of rugby training on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the big county cup finals. Then on Sunday it was his county cup finals and my half marathon.

The weather had been cold for days. We’d had a couple of days of torrential rain. The forecasts looked bleak. On the weather maps, we were on the border between the snow and the milder (but still way below spring temperatures), wetter weather. Who knew which way it would go?

On Saturday morning, I got up to heavy snow falling, although it was hardly settling, the ground was way too saturated. Somehow we hadn’t really believed this was going to happen. It snowed like that all morning, but never settled.

There was no football match scheduled (but a ref would definitely have cancelled), so it was up to my husband, the coach, to decide if football training would go ahead. It wasn’t really a hard decision to make, although he didn’t like making it. He’d never cancelled training before. It was a no-brainer, the ground was waterlogged and there was horrible, wet, snow falling from the sky. To make 8 and 9 year old kids run around in it would be cruel. Most of them would be crying well before the session was over.

One down, three to go…

An hour or so later the email came through that the rugby county cup was being postponed, so that automatically meant the training was off too.

Three down, one to go…

I’d done so much stressing, worry and soul-searching about the clash between the rugby and the half marathon and now there was no clash. How did I feel? Did I hope the half marathon would go ahead so the clash would never be a possibility again in the future and so I could cut down on the draining and time-consuming training runs? Or was I dreading the thought of running the race in snow and extreme cold and hoping for it to be cancelled? I didn’t know.

I didn’t have long to ponder. At 12pm the email came through – the half marathon was being cancelled. There was a lot of snow in the Forest of Dean and they were predicting wind chill on the morning of the half marathon bringing the temperatures down to minus 9. Minus 9! At the end of March!

So it was all cancelled. Our big sporting weekend ended up with no sport. And we had no idea what to do with ourselves. We were lost without it.

By the end of the afternoon, my younger son, who is like a dog who needs to be let off the lead regularly for a run round, was stubborn and tearful. We didn’t know what was wrong with him.

‘I just want to play football.’

He plays so much, he just doesn’t feel right without it.

So he had a kick about in the road with Daddy as it was going dark. The snow had long since stopped.

And on Sunday morning, instead of getting up at 6 and running 13 miles, I got up at 6.30 and ran eight miles. Because I’ve got to keep training.

And then we realised my eldest actually had rugby. His was the only sport which wasn’t in the countryside. We hadn’t even considered his rugby in the original plans, because we couldn’t possibly be in three places at once. So he went to rugby.

And, after hurriedly replacing our broken sledges we all went sledging.


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. After alllll that!! Stoopid snow…BUT who knows?? Maybe they’ll now be scheduled ok different days? 🙂

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  2. What a miserable March it has been. Mr B has soldiered on with his marathon training.

    So looking forward to better weather – and planting potatoes 🙂

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  3. Keeping my fingers crossed that the re-schedules will all be on different days! Xx

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  4. Thanks very much for your comments, ladies, really appreciate them – you know how much I’ve stressed over this one!
    My fingers are firmly crossed they won’t clash again.
    March really has been shocking. Well done to Mr B for soldiering on with his training! x

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  5. oh dear,i hope they get rescheduled on different days! Hard going on you long distance runners tho, not knowing when you are training for! It is stupidly cold tho isnt it. I was going to take Syd to the park yesterday, but ended up in the play cafe for the 4th time in a week as it was just too bitter to be out in it for long!

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  6. Yes, I’m just going to have to keep running crazy distances for the foreseeable future and I’m definitely ready to cut back a bit now! Not had a new date yet, so I’m guessing (hoping) that’s good news as far as avoiding a rugby clash is concerned! It really is too cold to be outside for too long these days – and I don’t often think that. Fingers crossed the weather turns soon.

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  7. Wow, I am exhausted just reading this! It sounds such a shame that everything was cancelled but I do agree that it appears it was for the best with that horrid weather last weekend. Thank you so much for linking up to #PoCoLo this week, great to have you on board xx

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  8. Not just us then, Claire! Our rugby has actually been cancelled a few times during this rubbish winter.
    Thanks so much for offering the link, Tori. It’s great that the views on this post have gone up today! That’s my life… Exhausting. The weekends are more tiring than the weekdays when I’m at work. The older my kids get, the harder it gets to juggle everything! x

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  9. We were practically snowed in last weekend! do you know when your half marathon will now take place?

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  10. The snow has a lot to answer for. My hubby had to cancel my boys football training too. I do love the snow, but it’s been so long now. x

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  11. The weather has been horrendous, half the county here had no power and some roads were just impassable, everything was cancelled. Let’s hope spring is on the way, it must be tough to be training and preparing yourself mentally, to then have it cancelled.

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  12. Thanks for your comments, ladies. I think we have actually been lucky with our weather compared to many places. The half marathon has now been rearranged for 7th April, which is when my son’s rugby tournament is too 🙁 I could scream…

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  13. I wanted to do a race that day too, just a 10k but my cold ruined it and the snow would have made it canceled too. Still got something to look forward too 🙂 thanks for linking up with us at the weekend hop 🙂

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  14. It’s my middle man that needs the exercise too, Louise! Wonder why that is… The other two are better with exercise, but they don’t need it in quite the same way.
    No worries, Justine! Race now rescheduled, fingers crossed the weather stays good enough for next weekend!
    Thank you both for commenting 🙂

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