Why I’ve not been racing

Why I’ve not been racing

THREE months ago I decided to stop training as much, and instead focus on my writing projects. I set myself the challenge of completing the first draft of my book. I knew my fitness would suffer, but in order to achieve my writing ambitions it had to be done.

That was back in December. Since then, I’ve cobbled together 80,000 words of my book, completed a short story course, and had two pieces of writing accepted for publication in magazines and anthologies.

I have written during my lunch hour at work, in the evenings after work, at weekends, and even used my daily commute to think about scenes. It has been a slow and frustrating process where I regularly doubted myself. But I have done it, and I can’t help but feel a little bit proud. The book is a long way from being published, but I have material that can be re-written, edited, and whipped into shape.

The only problem now is that I am Continue reading

Review of my running year

Review of my running year

As 2016 draws to an end I thought I would look back at my running year. There have been highs and there have been lows. I’ve got personal bests for 3000m, 5000m, parkrun, 5 miles, 10k, 9 miles, 10 miles and half marathon, but then I completely lost my confidence, followed shortly after by my fitness.

I started writing a running book, and was granted some arts funding to help. My blog was ranked in the top 200 running blogs and then nominated in the Running Awards. Despite wanting to run the Florence Marathon to raise money for cancer research, I failed before I’d even got started on the training.

Here’s my 2016 running year with links to a Continue reading

Less slapdash more structure – a new organised me for 2017

Less slapdash more structure – a new organised me for 2017

Hello! Hope you all had a very happy Christmas.

For me, it’s been a hectic one. Not least because I left my Christmas preparations until a few days before Christmas. The mile-long queues in Clinton’s Cards nearly sent me into meltdown. I decided then and there that I needed to take action.

I’m no longer going to be last-minute at everything I do. In the new year I am going to emerge as one of those super organised types who juggles a million and one things, and breezes through life without any panic or stress.

My other goals for 2017 involve running and writing. In running, I’d like to Continue reading

Parkrun, planning and procrastination

Parkrun, planning and procrastination

MY plan at Parkrun yesterday was to break 21 minutes. It seemed realistic. A few weeks ago I ran 21.07, so I was convinced it might be possible to dip under 21. The only problem really was my lack of consistent training.

I’ve had a few university assignment deadlines which have played havoc with my training. I’ve missed a few days here and a few days there, and when you add them all together they add up to quite a lot of missed training.

At the moment I seem to be bombarded with deadlines and work, so that I’m constantly firefighting. I clear one thing and immediately have to start on the next. It’s become a bit stressful and hasn’t done my fitness much good at all.

So on my way to Pontefract Parkrun yesterday I decided that Continue reading

All change for me

THERE hasn’t been a blog post for a while. I’ve missed it, but I had to take a bit of time out to get used to a new work, study and training routine.


Everything has changed for me this month. I have an exciting new writing job in Leeds and I’ve returned to university. I’m doing an MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam and a degree in English Literature with the Open University. Why I’m doing two degrees is beyond me! It seemed like a good idea at the time. And if that isn’t enough, we’re also planning our wedding.

With so much going on I was beginning to wonder when I would ever find the time to train. I’ve never been much of a planner, but I decided Continue reading

A blogging award – come on!

A blogging award – come on!

I HAVE some exciting news. Drum roll please… Champion Running has won an award!

This is very exciting. I’ve not won an award since my cycling proficiency award in the Eighties, so I’m feeling rather proud.

The feedspot panel has included Champion Running in their list of Top 200 Running Blogs.

big logo for running award

‘There must be some mistake,’ was my first thought when I found out. My second thought was CAKE! Surely an award is a good enough excuse for cake. But I didn’t want to jump the gun. I had to be sure it was actually true and not someone having me on.

I went onto the internet and found the list of top 200 blogs. Women’s Running Magazine was in the top spot. A blog I love, Lazy girl running, was at number nine. I didn’t think I’d be in the top ten so I scrolled to the bottom. I wasn’t at the bottom either. And all this time I kept thinking, ‘I’ll not be on at all.’

When I couldn’t find Champion Running, I decided to use a keyword search. I typed in Champion. And there I was!

Number 168!

Eight below the Runners World Blog, four up from the Chubby Runner. Number 168.

‘I’m in the charts!’ I did a little dance round the kitchen. ‘I’m in the charts!’ This must be how singers feel when they get into the top forty. ‘Number 168. What a good place to be.’

When I’d calmed down a bit I read the entry for Champion Running. You can read it here.


There’s a bit of information about me and my blog, and even a picture. It’s not a good picture, on account Continue reading