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…

Reminiscing of London 2015

The race all runners want to run: the London Marathon. In 2015, after years of unsuccessful ballot entries and Smurfs rejection letters,  I was lucky enough to get a Good For Age entry. I made it to the green start line, and was ecstatic to be running the race that for years I had only…

Everyone Loves Cross Country

Well they do don’t they? I do, sort of. Road and track can get so monotonous at times that a grassy hilly alternative radiates appeal. Another advantage of cross country is that time doesn’t really mean anything, for someone who only recently started looking at her watch, being involved in a sport obsessed with splits can…

parkrun: project 50

2017, for me, will be the year of parkrun. Firstly (and perhaps slightly more importantly) for a non-running related matter, as March will herald the submission of my parkrun related dissertation. I will not bore you with the details, that can wait for another post, most probably as a procrastination exercise. Secondly, 2017 will also…

Handicap Happiness

The last Sunday before Christmas can only mean one thing in the world of amateur running, the Christmas Handicap race. Up and down the country, running clubs stage an annual fun run to mark the end of the year and my club, Manchester Harriers, is no exception. The atmosphere is a mix of competitive club…