Pride always comes before a fail*

* I thought I should try updating our idioms for the YouTube generation. Best laid plans, eh? You make them. You do your best to stick to them. Then something comes along and turns it all upside down. Within the words of this post, I had originally planned to give you all a witty summary of…

Me, my knee and the 5×50: we all reach Day 50

The text of this post first appeared on the 5×50 website earlier in November. 53 days ago my brother called me. He does this from time to time. We spoke for a while before he suddenly mentioned something I hadn’t heard of before; something called the 5×50 challenge. “You should try it” he said, “5km a…

So that’s why they call it a challenge

I strapped the helmet onto my head, checked the lights for the third time, zipped my jacket up to my chin and wondered exactly why it was that I was doing this. Putting one foot onto the pedal, I pushed off and swung myself onto the saddle. As I gained the top of the hill,…

5 x 50 x 50

5 by 50 On 9 September the 5 x 50 challenge began. Quite simply, this asks participants to run, walk, jog or cycle 5km every day for the 50 days until the end of British Summer Time on 28 October. In their words, the 5 x 50 is: “A charity challenge encouraging people to run,…

Convalescing in Cornwall

Daylight seeps into the room around the edge of the curtains and the sound of rain drums softly on the window, letting me know that today is the first day of our holiday. I feel a stiffness in my back as I get up and shower. I pack clothes and eat breakfast. Then, a sharp pain in my back. Eearghh!…