Parkrun triumphs 2021
Jan20

Parkrun triumphs 2021

2021 was another rather short year of parkrun. It was announced in March that parkrun would return on 5th June. Then it was announced on 21st May that it was delayed again, as not enough landowners had given permission for it to return. We started to wonder if it would ever come back at all. That really would be a dreadful loss to public health. Parkrun plays a huge role in combating both physical and mental health problems, and...

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The FA Cup final: A dream come true
May19

The FA Cup final: A dream come true

The FA Cup Final 2021 was an official government test event, to check the effects of running big events again as the Covid-19 pandemic eases. It was also a dream come true for my dad. My parents grew up in Warwickshire, not far from Leicester. Which makes my dad a lifelong Leicester City fan. It also makes me and my brother lifelong Leicester City fans (although I must admit I do dip in and out of football a bit). Leicester City have...

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Easter Sunday 2021
Apr06

Easter Sunday 2021

Easter Sunday this year was a special one for us, just as it was for so many families in the UK. On 29th March, lockdown restrictions were eased, meaning six people or two households could meet outside. So we could have my mum and dad round for Easter! Last Easter, I had Covid myself (although I was never tested, because testing wasn’t a thing then unless you were very ill). Then at the end of last year, my Dad was seriously ill...

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Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’
Mar30

Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’

It’s been three months since my dad came out of hospital after a month with Covid-19, including time spent on a ventilator. Since then, he has made a remarkable recovery. Within about six weeks, you would never have guessed he’d been ill. He’s got no long Covid. No depression or PTSD. It is incredible. For me, I still get a couple of flashbacks a week to things that happened when he was in hospital. These memories...

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‘Parkrun saved my life’
Jan27

‘Parkrun saved my life’

My dad is making a remarkable recovery from being seriously ill with Covid-19 in December. While many younger adults who weren’t ill enough to be hospitalised are still struggling with breathlessness months after their diagnosis, my dad doesn’t get breathless and gets a little bit stronger every day. He can now walk for over a mile and does lots of jobs around the house. Not bad for a man who came off a ventilator on 16th...

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