My reverse advent calendar
Dec24

My reverse advent calendar

A few weeks ago, I pledged to myself and my readers that I would do a reverse advent calendar for the local food bank this year. I get fed up of the pointless commercialism and consumerism of Christmas, not to mention the environmental impact. My particular dislike at the moment is advent calendars full of expensive stuff that nobody needs. So I decided to do a reverse advent calendar. It’s actually something I’d been...

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Newport Marathon
May08

Newport Marathon

Newport marathon. 5th May 2019. It’s all been for this. Fifteen weeks of hard training in the rain and the cold. Sixty-seven runs, 440 miles. Eighteen mile runs on a Sunday morning, sprints in the local park, slow parkruns, a very wet half marathon and weeks of the dreaded body conditioning have all been leading up to this. My first marathon. The last two weeks hadn’t been the easiest. I’d had a bad cold, which had...

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Marathon training: Why I’m finally running for charity
Feb25

Marathon training: Why I’m finally running for charity

I’ve never run for charity before. There’s two reasons for that. The first is that I think if you’re running for charity, it ought to be some sort of challenge. For me, running a half marathon isn’t a challenge. It’s something I do every year – last year I even did three half marathons. Who wants to give money to charity just because Sarah is running another half marathon? Yawn! And the other reason...

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Return to Gromit Unleashed 2 (and being brave)
Aug06

Return to Gromit Unleashed 2 (and being brave)

We haven’t really had days out with the kids since they started doing sport at weekends, when the boys were aged 7 and 10. To be honest, I’m not sure we did them much before then either, because going out for the day with three young kids is hard work. And now they’re teenagers? They don’t always want to hang out with Mum and Dad, and definitely not with their siblings. But I was determined the kids and I would...

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Remembering Jessica
Apr15

Remembering Jessica

Yesterday morning, a beautiful little girl was taken far too soon. Jessica was the daughter of fellow blogger, Louise. Born with half a working heart, she had her first operation in the womb. She wasn’t expected to live long. But she did. There were many operations over the years. Jessica was a poorly little girl, sometimes a very poorly little girl. The sort of illnesses that leave us poorly for a day or two or are sometimes...

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