The athlete and the triple jump PB
Feb19

The athlete and the triple jump PB

Although my son is a long jumper, like most long jumpers, he is also quite good at triple jump. (And most triple jumpers are also quite good at long jump!) Last season, he only competed in triple jump a handful of times – generally coming third. His triple jump was good enough for him to represent the district in the county championships. Unfortunately, his long jump competition at the county championships lasted so long at that...

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The trail shoes
Feb17

The trail shoes

A couple of years ago, I hadn’t heard of trail running or trail shoes. I was aware that some people liked running through the countryside, but if you’d asked me what that was called, I would have definitely said ‘cross country’. (To be fair, there are still cross country competitions for adults out there. They tend to be for good club runners, rather than mere mortals.) I didn’t know that running through...

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Silent Sunday 16.2.20
Feb16

Silent Sunday 16.2.20

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Revelation by C J Sansom
Feb14

Revelation by C J Sansom

Revelation is the fourth part in C J Sansom’s Shardlake detective series, and could be my favourite yet. Having seen off five previous wives, King Henry VIII has his eye on a sixth – Catherine Parr. But will Lady Catherine agree to become his next wife? Two years on from an unfortunate run-in with the King, Matthew Shardlake has turned his back on work involving politics and royalty. Instead, he is dealing with the tricky...

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The athlete and the shin splints
Feb12

The athlete and the shin splints

It’s been more than four months since my younger was considered to be officially recovered from his avulsion fracture of the pelvis and able to do sport again. I would like to say that things have gone smoothly ever since then, but they haven’t. The first month was fine. He was playing football and training with his athletics club. Then he went back to rugby. Within two weeks, he had a problem with his tendons. And I could...

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