Parenting teenagers or toddlers: Which is easier?
Jun22

Parenting teenagers or toddlers: Which is easier?

For just over two years now, I’ve been parenting three teenagers. Parenting any teenagers isn’t easy. Parenting three of them at once is definitely no walk in the park. Even when they’re good, like mine are most of the time. Teenagers are big and noisy and messy. They argue. They stay up late. But in a few days, I’ll be back down to parenting two teenagers, when my eldest turns 20. Which got me reflecting on 20...

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Long jump progress
Jun17

Long jump progress

After getting a new PB of 6.75 in his long jump, my son plateaued a bit. It’s to be expected. You can’t get a PB every single time you compete. He’d reached and exceed the qualifying standard of 6.70 for English Schools nationals, but he also needed to be in the top 16. When he jumped 6.75, he was in the top 16. But every weekend he slipped down a little bit, because everyone around him was competing and improving...

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Feeding an athlete
Jun15

Feeding an athlete

For an athlete like my son, who is really serious about doing his absolute best in his sport, you have to get everything right. Every little change – from the right shoes to the right length run up to different warm up exercises – can just give that few extra centimetres which make all the difference to him achieving his dream. And one of the most important things to get right is food. There have been times when...

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The end of the school run
Jun08

The end of the school run

After nearly 16 years, it seems that I have come to the end of the school run. My son is in year 12, he recently passed his driving test and it makes sense for him to drive to school. I don’t need the car in the day. The only reason I need it in the day is to take him to school! But I will miss it. Unlike many people, I’ve always enjoyed the school run. It’s a chance to talk to the kids (or kid in my case for the...

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Cheltenham Challenge virtual half marathon
Jun01

Cheltenham Challenge virtual half marathon

After being cancelled last year, Cheltenham Challenge half marathon went ahead this year – albeit in virtual form. I didn’t do a single virtual race last year and it wasn’t something I was particularly keen to do this year. But Cheltenham Challenge is a charity race, raising money for Caring Communities and People (CCP) in Gloucestershire. The real Cheltenham Challenge half marathon is a very tough run. It’s...

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The new long jump PB
May24

The new long jump PB

My son has been counting down the weeks and days for lockdown to be lifted, so that he can compete in long jump again. His first competition of the season was at Birmingham University, on the same day as his driving test. Possibly doing your first athletics competition of the season on the day of your driving test isn’t the best idea. I wasn’t able to go along because of lockdown rules. The rules at that time were no...

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