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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Long jump: England Athletics Indoor Championships
Feb22

Long jump: England Athletics Indoor Championships

My son recently came 5th in the under 20 men’s long jump at the England Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield. He came 10th in the same competition in the under 17s category in 2020. We couldn’t have been happier or more proud of his recent achievement, especially as he’d had a rather shaky start to the indoor athletics season. There are nowhere near as many indoor athletics competitions as outdoor ones –...

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2021: That was the year that was January to June
Dec28

2021: That was the year that was January to June

We started the year in tier 4 Covid restrictions and on 5th January we went into the third national lockdown. My husband and son were still going to work, while my younger kids were having online lessons at home. Having come out of hospital on 30th December, my dad was making a good recovery from Covid-19 and getting a little bit stronger every day. I started marathon training on 4th January, then the marathon was postponed (as...

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