Parkrun triumphs 2021
Jan20

Parkrun triumphs 2021

2021 was another rather short year of parkrun. It was announced in March that parkrun would return on 5th June. Then it was announced on 21st May that it was delayed again, as not enough landowners had given permission for it to return. We started to wonder if it would ever come back at all. That really would be a dreadful loss to public health. Parkrun plays a huge role in combating both physical and mental health problems, and...

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What I read in 2021
Jan18

What I read in 2021

Reading is my absolute favourite thing to do. Whenever I have any spare time, I read. I’d much rather read than watch TV or spend time on the internet. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and I don’t spend as much time reading as I would like, but I certainly read every day, even if it is only for a few minutes some days. A book usually takes me seven to 10 days to read, but I’ve had books I’ve read in three...

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Did I spend 1000 hours outside in 2021?
Jan13

Did I spend 1000 hours outside in 2021?

At the start of 2021, I set out to spend 1000 hours outside for the year. Or to see if I did spend around that amount of time outside, at any rate! I am a person who loves being outside and always spend a lot of time out there. If you say it quickly enough, 1000 hours in a year doesn’t sound that much. But, when you break it down, you realise that it’s actually an average of two hours and 45 minutes a day. Every day. Even...

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How far did I run in 2021?
Jan11

How far did I run in 2021?

2021 started just as most of 2020 had ended – with a lot of uncertainty! With Covid cases still rising, would we be able to get back to races this year? Would parkrun come back? I started training for Newport marathon on 4th January, ready for the race on 18th April, but I knew it would be a miracle if it went ahead. It was postponed two weeks later. I was also booked in for the Tewkesbury half marathon and Cheltenham Challenge...

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My favourite blogposts of 2021
Jan06

My favourite blogposts of 2021

The other day, I wrote about the most popular posts on my blog in 2021. But they’re not my own favourites! For many years, I blogged six or seven times per week, as there was always lots of stuff to write about. But in recent years, I’ve gradually started blogging less and less. My kids are grown up or nearly grown up and their stories are their own, not mine to share (although I have permission to share all the long jump...

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2021: That was the year that was July to December
Jan04

2021: That was the year that was July to December

Like most people, 2021 started off rather slowly and quietly for us. But July was a good month. At the start of July, I ran my first ever 10k – Gloucester 10k, along with my husband and brother-in-law. Then my daughter did work experience at the primary school where my sister works and she absolutely loved it. My husband and I celebrated 21 years of marriage, sadly not with our traditional trip to London to see a show, but with...

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