Say thank you for parkrun

It was extremely disappointing to read the news this week about the Little Stoke parkrun. For those who haven’t heard, the local parish council has become the first in the world to impose a charge on parkrun organisers to host the weekly – free – timed 5k event. Stoke Gifford Parish Council said it was…

Bitesized: Vicarious running

All sorts of people inspire me in my running. Generally, reading about other people and their running exploits is a great way of getting myself excited about going for a run. Sometimes, however, there are people that inspire even greater admiration, and one of those people is Yvie Johnson from Fierce Mind {Running}. Fierce Mind…

Watch and learn

I have had my running watch for nearly two years now. You would have thought that two years would be long enough to work out how it works. You clearly haven’t met me before. Last week we ran the Delicious Dart. My watch gave me progress updates for the last third of the run in…

Sea anything you like?

Let’s be honest, if you’re writing a blog post about a fancy dress run, then words will only get you so far. It’s the images that count. In honour of this weekend’s Delicious Dart “food festival on the run”, here is a quick run through 15 miles’ worth of photos… By the way, we were…

Out after dark

I’ll meet you by the cafe, he said. Good idea, I thought. It didn’t really occur to either of us until we were blundering around in the dark, peering at strangers and walking into benches, that there was a slight flaw in our plan. Inside the cafe? That would have been fine. Outside: not so easy…

So that was mildly terrifying

Running has taken a bit of a back seat in January. Not to anything important, I should stress, but a back seat nonetheless. Things needed to change. On Monday, I found a break in my day, struggled into my running kit and headed out of the office. A satellite found me eventually and I set off,…

Food run

Due solely to the current position of the planet Earth in its orbit around the sun, people will once again be crying off alcohol, signing up for the gym, decrying the over-consumption of food and drink and making short-lived and overly-optimistic promises for the year ahead. And doing all of that with a massive hangover as well.…