Leadership in Running Fitness

I am now a qualified Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) person – awaiting my licence from England Athletics. Don’t panic I had to do an all day course to gain this qualification, they haven’t just decided to give it to me. In fact, yesterday (on a Sunday even) I had to attend a 9-5 course,…

Track has commenced

The weather is picking up, as much as is possible, and this can only mean one for runners in the UK: the return of track and field. Who doesn’t love running round in circles in front of everyone? Sprinter and distance runner unite under a common aim, to get as many points as possible to…

Awards Evening 2017

Manchester Harriers’ annual awards evening provides an opportunity for club members to celebrate their running achievements over the past year. Members eagerly gather with anticipation to wait and hear if they have received an award – followed by the even more eagerly awaited trophy size comparison exercise (mostly male participants). Will the V45 3rd Cross…

First Race of 2017

The original plan for 2017 had been to not worry about running until all the studying was out the way, then assess how bad things had got and go from there. So fast forward to a quarter of the way through the year and here I am, running pretty much back to square one –…

The Return

I confess to neglecting my blog over the past few weeks. This negligence¬†was not out of laziness but due to having to prioritise my dissertation. The dissertation was 20,000 words of joy and anguish, and as all good students do I seemed to have left everything to the last minute or at least had been…

From Wilmslow with love

The year was 2015, the time was 90 minutes 18 seconds, and the athlete was me. Wilmslow Half Marathon provided the setting for one of my best runs to date. The performance shocked me, especially as I didn’t look at my watch until I had one mile left to go. The race was in preparation…

First time tail runner

Tail running, probably not a role I would have previously associated with myself. However, the act of tail running intrigued me, you get to move around unlike other marshalling roles and you can keep the person at the back company and offer support. Furthermore, as part of my mission to reach 50 parkruns by the…

Manchester Harriers’ Celebratory Dinner

Imagine being part of a running club for 50+ years, the commitment, the loyalty and the experiences. On Friday, my running club Manchester Harriers & A.C, held a commemorative dinner to celebrate the long term involvement of 4 of its members. Jason and I were among those lucky enough to be invited to the dinner,…

Halfway to 50

Last week I reached the halfway point of Project 50, by finishing my (well done mathematicians) 25th parkrun. It’s mid February now and admittedly I’m not off to the best of starts, having only run 2 runs this year. I’m not sure as to the exact reasons as to why I’ve only completed 2 thus…

Coco

This is a bit of ‘special edition’ post, as its links to running are perhaps marginally tedious – but bear with me and it’ll link up in some way. Last night, we had to put down our beloved chihuahua, Coco. She was 17 and her body had just packed up. I’d looked after Coco for…

Running Away from Work

Sometimes life can be hectic and worrying about how to fit a run in can result in a minor stress out. Luckily most of the time, I have to run at least a couple of nights a week, as running club beckons. However, what if (heaven forbid) I can’t make training? Then what? Do I…

parkrun: 2017 edition

So it has taken me 3 weeks to do my first parkrun of 2017 and my 24th run overall. This wasn’t how I planned on starting parkrun: project 50! In my defence, South Manchester has been cancelled the past 2 weeks due to some serious path work alterations. Last week, Jason and I planned on…