A very good few days
Jul12

A very good few days

My husband, daughter and I recently had a very good few days. It was well deserved, as my daughter has just finished her GCSEs and worked really hard for them. As I wrote recently, it feels like life is finally really getting back to normal and we can properly enjoy the summer for the first time since 2019. (Apart from my brief Covid blip.) I’ve also discovered a fantastic life hack which I would recommend to anyone. Buy concert...

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Tewkesbury half marathon 2022
May17

Tewkesbury half marathon 2022

Tewkesbury half marathon 2022 was my 21st half marathon and my third at Tewkesbury. My recovery from Manchester marathon hadn’t been great and I had worried that I might not be able to run it. I knew that I wouldn’t be running as fast as I usually do and would be happy with any time under two hours. I’d been signed up for Tewkesbury half marathon since 2019 and it had been repeatedly postponed. In all that time,...

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Manchester marathon 2022
Apr05

Manchester marathon 2022

After 15 weeks, 69 runs and 460 miles in training, my husband and I ran Manchester marathon. It was my third marathon and his first – after a couple of false starts. I had stuck to the training plan well, but my husband had tailed off between weeks 7 to 11. He hadn’t done anywhere near enough miles in the midweek, then tried playing catch-up in the last few weeks. He ended up with a calf injury. But he was determined to...

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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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Parkrun 2021: End of year report
Jan03

Parkrun 2021: End of year report

It has been another short parkrun year. Here’s my family’s annual report of achievements. I think it’s an achievement in itself that my family often includes the youngest person (my nephew) and the oldest person (my dad) at our home 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...

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