Driving lessons and driving tests during a pandemic
May17

Driving lessons and driving tests during a pandemic

As any parent of older teenagers (and definitely the older teenagers themselves) will tell you – getting driving lessons and driving tests during the pandemic hasn’t been easy! There are plenty of year 13s who wanted to learn to drive as soon as they turned 17 who haven’t yet passed their tests. Many have had them rescheduled endlessly. Then there are year 12s who turned 17 a while ago who are on long waiting lists...

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My running journey 2011-2021
May13

My running journey 2011-2021

I wrote the other day about my early years as a runner. Today I will tell you about my more recent running journey. In 2011, shortly after my daughter started school, I ran Bath half marathon in 1:59:54. It was my third half marathon, but my first in 15 years, as finding the time to run with a job and small children at home wasn’t easy. But as the years went on, life got easier and I was able to run more. After Bath half...

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My running journey: The early years (1994-2011)
May11

My running journey: The early years (1994-2011)

Although I write a lot about running, I realise I’ve never written about my running journey from the start, particularly the early years. I’m proud of the fact that I started running in 1994 and have never given up. Although in those early years I didn’t run a fraction of the distance I do now. It was my husband who persuaded me to start running in 1994. I was 20 years old and still at university. He’d been at...

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The story of the squirrels
May06

The story of the squirrels

I’m no expert on wildlife, but I’ve always quite enjoyed seeing different birds and animals in our garden and the surrounding area. And, over the course of the year, with literally nothing else to do, we’ve all become a bit obsessed with the local wildlife. There’s the blue tits which take bits of Herbert’s fur for their nests, the two friendly robins who sat patiently watching my husband as he dug up the...

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English Schools athletics and the long shot
May04

English Schools athletics and the long shot

Since 2019, my son has dreamed of getting to the English Schools athletics national finals. And the chance keeps getting taken away from him. We realised he was quite good at long jump in year 7. He remained quite good in year 8 and year 9. In year 9, he even made it to English Schools regionals. Then in year 10, we realised he was really good at long jump. Suddenly a whole world of possibilities was opening up for him. He realised he...

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Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university
Apr29

Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university

If you’ve got a child in year 12, you’re probably both thinking about the next stage about now. Let’s be honest, having a child in education is always about the next stage – if your child is in year 5 or 6, it’s all about secondary school. Then from year 9 onwards it’s non-stop – options, GCSEs, A Levels and leaving school… Every choice is tinged with the big question of careers. Are...

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