The GNR – only six weeks to go

THE Great North Run takes place six weeks today. The clock is ticking. I’m not sure I will be fit enough to challenge my personal best (1 hr 36), but I am confident I’ll be able to survive the race and raise some money for Action for Children.

If you’d asked me yesterday, I would not have Continue reading

Re-charged and ready to run

Hello! I’m back. I’ve been sunning myself on the Balearic island of Majorca. It’s been absolutely wonderful. I’ve spent my days reading and relaxing by the pool, enjoying the food, wine and a few cocktails. I’m a few pounds heavier, but fully rested and recovered and looking forward to getting back to the blog.


In fact, I’m really excited about my running, writing and blogging projects. Really excited! There are lots of things to look forward to. I’ve often heard people say a holiday has re-charged their batteries, but until now I didn’t really appreciate what they meant. But now I do. After a short break in Cala Millor on the east coast of Majorca, I feel fully re-charged, operating at maximum energy levels, and ready to throw myself back into my work and hobbies.

This is great, but I’m also going to proceed with caution. If the holiday has made me realise one thing, it’s that  Continue reading

Something about the Spencer’s Dash

Something about the Spencer’s Dash

WHEN I arrived at the Spencer’s Dash, a local 3.5 mile race, there were two queues. One for the seasoned professionals who had taken part in the race previously, and one for the first timers, the newbies who didn’t have a clue what they were letting themselves in for.

‘I’m a first timer,’ I told the lady sitting at the computer.

‘Never!’ Someone from Barnsley AC was shouting behind me. ‘You mean you’ve never done this race before?’

I shook my head. ‘No.’


‘No.’ I shook my head again.

‘Well, you’ve missed out.’

I wasn’t so sure. I’d been to watch this race before so I knew it Continue reading

Heading to the North East

Heading to the North East

FOR a while I’ve been thinking of entering a half marathon. I wanted to race in the early autumn, but I’ve been struggling to decide which one to target. This week, the decision has been made for me. I’m absolutely delighted to say that I have a place in the Great North Run.

The Great North Run is one of the biggest half marathons in the UK. It doesn’t get much bigger or better. On 11th September I will be Continue reading