Cheltenham half marathon 2021
Sep07

Cheltenham half marathon 2021

Cheltenham half marathon 2021 was my 20th half marathon (or 21st if you count the virtual Cheltenham Challenge) and my seventh Cheltenham half marathon.  On 5th September 2021, there were five members of my family running Cheltenham half marathon. There were the usuals (my husband, brother-in-law and I), plus my sister running her first half marathon and my eldest running his second. I hadn’t trained for a half marathon, as...

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How do you know if your child is talented at sport?
Aug31

How do you know if your child is talented at sport?

The other day, I saw a tweet about a webinar for parents of children aged 8-12 who are talented at sport. And I thought, how do you know that your child is talented at sport at that age? My own son is 17. He came fourth in the long jump at English Schools national athletics championships. He is also very high on the UK rankings. He is, without a doubt, talented at sport. But did I know that he was talented when he was 8? Or 12? No, I...

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Return to marathon training: Weeks 1 to 6
Aug26

Return to marathon training: Weeks 1 to 6

In July, I started training again for Newport marathon, which takes place on 24th October. Last year, I made it most of the way through training for Brighton marathon before it was cancelled due to Covid. I made a half-hearted start on training for Newport in January this year, but I was fairly confident it would be postponed from April, and it was! I follow Newport marathon’s own 15-week training plan, which works well for me...

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A  holiday to Center Parcs during Covid-19
Aug24

A holiday to Center Parcs during Covid-19

Last weekend, we went on a big family holiday to Center Parcs Longleat. There were 13 of us altogether – aged between 6 and 76. The holiday was postponed from this time last year. We could have gone last year, but there were restrictions. So we decided to postpone until 2021, when everything would be back to normal and there would be no restrictions. Spoiler alert: There were still restrictions. Up until a couple of weeks ago,...

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Return to parkrun (and Lanhydrock parkrun)
Aug17

Return to parkrun (and Lanhydrock parkrun)

On 24th July, my dream (and the dream of many other people) finally came true – parkrun came back. There had been no parkruns in England since 14th March 2020. That was 70 whole weeks without parkrun! I was pleased that my family had a good turnout on the first day back. My daughter wasn’t sure whether she would do it, as she does sprint training on a Saturday morning. But on that first day back we had my husband, my...

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A flying visit to Edinburgh
Aug10

A flying visit to Edinburgh

A couple of weeks ago, we took a flying visit to Edinburgh – somewhere I’ve only previously visited for the day, back in 2002. In August last year, when the Covid cases were really low and none of us thought there could be a second wave of the virus, let alone a third, we booked a holiday for four (my eldest chooses not to go on holiday with us) to Vienna. We wanted a city break for the summer that wasn’t too hot. We...

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