Reflections on year 12 and year 10
Jul27

Reflections on year 12 and year 10

Another school year is over and my kids have reached the end of year 12 and year 10. It’s been a big year for both of them – the start of A Level courses for my son and the start of GCSE courses for my daughter. I know we all say it every year, but I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by. I also can’t believe how old my kids are getting! Another year and my son will have left school. It has also been,...

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English Schools national athletics championships
Jul20

English Schools national athletics championships

So it was third time lucky for my son and he finally managed his dream of competing in long jump at the English Schools national athletics championships. He made the county team in 2019, but had to pull out due to a fractured pelvis. The competition didn’t happen at all in 202o, and 2021 had a more challenging route to qualification, but he got there! He was so excited to have achieved his dream and we were so excited for him....

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The Gloucester 10k
Jul08

The Gloucester 10k

It may surprise you to discover, considering I’ve been running for 27 years, that I’ve never run a 10k race. To be honest, it’s never appealed to me. To me, races should be a challenge, and running a distance I run weekly for fun (in addition to various other distances including 10 miles) doesn’t seem like a challenge. Plus, races aren’t cheap. So if it’s not a challenge, why would you spend £30...

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1000 hours outside: Half year progress report
Jul06

1000 hours outside: Half year progress report

At the start of this year, I set out my aim to spend 1000 hours outside. Or at least to attempt to spend 1000 hours outside – or to find out how long I do actually spend outside. I know I spend a lot of time outside and at first 1000 hours in a year didn’t sound that much. Then I realised it meant spending an average of 2 hours and 45 minutes outside every single day. Even in winter. I used an app on my phone to track my...

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English Schools athletics: Qualification!
Jul01

English Schools athletics: Qualification!

For the last couple of months, my son has been determined to make it to the English Schools athletics national competition for long jump. He actually made the team two years ago, but missed out after breaking his pelvis two weeks beforehand. Needless to say, there was no competition last year. So we hoped 2021 would be third time lucky for him. Normally there are district, county and regional schools competitions leading up to...

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Double Covid jabbed
Jun29

Double Covid jabbed

It felt like I was the last person of my age to get my first Covid jab. Once I’d got it, I felt happy that I was that little bit safer. There had been such a strong message about the importance of that first vaccine and how it would make such a difference to the virus. But as soon as I’d had my first jab, that message changed a bit. The Delta variant started rearing its ugly head. And everyone else was getting their second...

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