What is the magic of Christmas, that any other day in the year I groan when I hear my alarm, press snooze and pull my pillow over my head, yet on Christmas day I wake up an hour earlier than I should, excited even at 33 years old to see if Santa has been, and […]Read more "Nadolig Llawen!"
Separated by 17,148 kilometres, it has been five year since I’ve seen my friend Anna, when I left Sydney for Wales. We’ve stayed in touch by sharing the odd Facebook message, exchanging stories and Christmas cards, and stalking each other on instagram. We also both run. When Anna mentioned in our latest messages she’d struggled […]Read more "Severn Bridge Santa Dash"
I’d decided a few weeks back to tailwalk today’s parkrun, as I knew I’d be in this neck of the woods after my sister’s return to Austria yesterday. The trouble with signing up to volunteer weeks in advance is that you have little clue of what the weather will be like. Yes, I know skin […]Read more "Tailwalking in the rain"
I wrote a guest run report for parkrun and thought I’d share it here in case anyone is missing my running blogs?! It’s been a while…shall I revive them?! Guest Run Report for 8th December 2018 Event #15 By Jen DANGER HARDING Home parkrun: Grangemoor “I don’t want to go”. Not the first time I’ve […]Read more "Birthday parkrun in the land of our Fathers"
First thought: pause garmin. Once the garmin was safely paused, second thought: argh but I really need to run tonight! Collapsed in a twisted heap, Gemma shone her headtorch down on me and picked mine up from where it had flung from my head in the fall. “Are you okay?” Trying desperately not to be […]Read more "Lliswerry 8 (Race 26)"
Eek! This is getting real! After a month of training not going exactly to plan (a combination of minor injuries, illness & working overseas), I’m feeling back on track. Life often doesn’t always go the way we expect or plan. The key to reaching our goals & moving forward into success isn’t absense of challenges […]Read more "50 days"
Seven hills, over seven miles, in atonement for the seven sins. Lust. Greed. Gluttony. Envy. Pride. Sloth. Wrath. The penance race, just a few days after Christmas, felt very appropriate after the luxurious excesses that many of us indulge in over the festive season. The nominated sin for this year was lust, the sin of […]Read more "Seven Sins (Race 24)"
The Nightingale Nightmare was scarily spectacular! “Enter if you dare” warned the blood-covered sign at the gates, as we piled out of the car up to the haunted school’s front doors and into the twilight zone, guarded by the Grim reaper. Kudos to Southville Running Club, they held nothing back in their eery transformation which […]Read more "Nightingale Nightmare (Race 20)"
“Since my name is in the ballot, we’ll have an unbiased person draw the names. Kath, would you do the honours?” Life President Syd announced as we prepared for the much anticipated draw for the two club places for London Marathon. An exciting part of the Annual General Meeting, with those in attendance waiting to hear who’d […]Read more "The Grand Finale…"
Severn Bridge Half Marathon was a big deal for me. The anniversary of my first half marathon, completing Severn Bridge last year was when in my mind I became a “real” runner. Despite having completed several since that first, and many more races besides, I had, once again, a nervous knot in my belly for […]Read more "A Tale of Two Halves Pt 1: Severn Bridge (Race 14)"