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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What I carry in my running belt – from 5k to marathon
May23

What I carry in my running belt – from 5k to marathon

I recently saw someone on Instagram describe herself as a ‘kitchen sink runner’ and I realise I am one too. I like to be prepared! I always run with a running belt and as an absolute minimum carry my keys and a phone (for both music and safety). If I’m honest, I feel a bit of an idiot wearing a belt on parkrun and would prefer an armband, but have yet to find one that actually fits. With runners tending to be on the...

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New Year’s Day double parkrun challenge
Jan02

New Year’s Day double parkrun challenge

Parkrun takes place at 9am local time every Saturday at hundreds of parks and open spaces around the world. Always 9am on Saturday. Them’s the rules. But event organisers (who are always volunteers) have the flexibility to run an extra event on Christmas Day and/ or New Year’s Day. I’ve run Christmas Day parkrun at our home event for four consecutive years and it’s one of the highlights of the whole day for me....

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My running tips for mums
Sep04

My running tips for mums

If your kids are starting school for the first time or you want to get a bit fitter when they go back, you could do a lot worse than taking up running. I started running 24 years ago. I eased off a bit when I was pregnant and had newborn babies, but I’ve never given up. Since my kids have been at school, I’ve had the time to take it a bit more seriously and have seen my strength (and my times) really improve. But running...

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My son and the 10k
Sep05

My son and the 10k

My teenage son is an intermittent Parkrunner. He will run for a few consecutive weeks, then he’ll have a few weeks when he can’t manage to get out of bed at 8.30. He’s not unfit by any means (he can hike for miles and miles), but he’s not super-fit either. So when he announced he was going to be doing a 10k hill run, I said he’d better get training. But he’s a teenager. And teenagers know best. He...

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