Tewkesbury half marathon 2022
May17

Tewkesbury half marathon 2022

Tewkesbury half marathon 2022 was my 21st half marathon and my third at Tewkesbury. My recovery from Manchester marathon hadn’t been great and I had worried that I might not be able to run it. I knew that I wouldn’t be running as fast as I usually do and would be happy with any time under two hours. I’d been signed up for Tewkesbury half marathon since 2019 and it had been repeatedly postponed. In all that time,...

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The joy of a puppy
May10

The joy of a puppy

Hetty the cockapoo (or cockerpoo) puppy is now five and bit months old and I can honestly say she brings us so much joy. This was what everyone told me about a dog, and what I hoped would happen. The first few weeks were undoubtedly hard, but the challenges get less and less, and now we mainly have joy. I know having a dog isn’t practical for everyone, but I really think that if everyone had one, there would be a lot more happy...

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Tewkesbury half marathon – hanging in the balance
May03

Tewkesbury half marathon – hanging in the balance

Tewkesbury half marathon 2022 takes place on 14th May – six weeks after Manchester marathon. Obviously it would be no problem for me to run it. My husband, sister and brother-in-law are all running it too and we’ve been looking forward to it. I’ve run Tewkesbury twice before. In 2018, it marked a big comeback from injury and I got a PB. Remarkably in 2019, I ran it only a week after my first marathon, so I took it a...

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Applying for medicine at university
Apr26

Applying for medicine at university

If you have a child in year 11 or 12 (or even younger) thinking of applying for medicine (a medical degree) at university, there is a lot to consider. My own son has recently been offered a place and will be starting his course in September. We learned a lot along the way with the application process and I thought it would be useful to share that. Applying for medicine isn’t like applying for other degrees. There are more...

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Things a puppy plays with
Apr19

Things a puppy plays with

I must admit, before we got a puppy, I didn’t really realise that dogs needed toys. I’d seen dogs in the park with balls, of course, and I’d seen the odd squeaky toy lying around people’s houses, but that was as much as I knew about dogs and toys. While we’d spent a long time thinking about getting a dog/ puppy, in the end we did get Hetty the cockapoo puppy in rather a rush. So we didn’t put a huge...

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A word of advice
Apr12

A word of advice

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed for the past few months, more overwhelmed than I’ve felt in a long time. I’ve had more work than usual, which is good financially, but leaves me with little time to do those important life admin jobs we all have. Not being able to do them stresses me out. I’m menopausal or perimenopausal, I’m not even sure which any more. But I’ve been that way for a long time and...

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