The seven metre long jump
Jun30

The seven metre long jump

My son has been aiming for a seven metre long jump for a couple of years now. It is a really big milestone and he has been moving towards it very gradually. It’s possible that without all the Covid restrictions in 2020 and 2021 he might have got there previously, but we can never be sure. This season, he’d already made it to 6.92 – just one cm short of his PB set last year. His 2020 PB (when there were hardly any...

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Cars, Covid and the best laid plans
Jun23

Cars, Covid and the best laid plans

Isn’t it funny (not in a good way), how outside circumstances constantly change plans? I remember this being a problem when my kids were very little. I learned not to tell them about any plans, so I didn’t have to deal with the inevitable disappointment when somebody got ill and forced our plans to change. It’s also been an issue throughout the Covid pandemic – due to lockdowns, cancellations, people being ill...

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Long jump: Start of the 2022 outdoor season
Jun07

Long jump: Start of the 2022 outdoor season

Summer is here, which means the start of the outdoor athletic season and a return to long jump competition for my son. The outdoor season run from April to September, with the key months being May to July. Just as he did with the indoor season, my son had a slightly shaky start to the season. Eventually, I will learn to remember that shaky starts are the norm. Every time he has a not-so-good competition, we wonder if he’s peaked...

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Silent Sunday 29.5.22
May29

Silent Sunday 29.5.22

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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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