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End of an era

End of an era

  Sweatshop Running Community, Castleford Well, today saw the end of an era. In 2013, I started running regularly with lots of people who wore yellow. That yellow meant a lot.   Back then it meant community – making friends and lifelong memories. It meant togetherness – who remembers Altogether …

A run in the park - David Park

A run in the park – David Park

  A run in the park I’ve just finished reading A Run In The Park by David Park. It’s a lovely short story about new friendships that begin as a group of strangers come together as they start their Couch To 5k journey.   It’s a great read and very …

Mental Health Awareness course

Mental Health Awareness course completed

Course completed Here is a recent tweet I shared earlier this week about the latest training that I have completed.   Mental Health awareness is something that we should all improve on as it can help us interact better with others and to be more understanding and empathetic as fellow …

CIMSPA membership

CIMSPA Membership

Coach Assistant Practitioner Member I am delighted to now be a Coach Assistant Practitioner Member of The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity Building on my background in rugby league coaching, I am taking my first steps into leadership in running.   I look forward to …

Apples and pears

Don’t compare apples with pears

Don’t let uncomparable become unbearable   A comparison is a useful tool, but only if you are comparing something useful.   If I try to compare my running monthly mileage now with last September / October time when I did my last marathon, then that isn’t useful due to the …

Cold running

How we can welcome new runners

When someone starts running, quite often they won’t think of themselves as a runner. They probably don’t have the running gear that runners often wear. They don’t know whether they will get into it yet so don’t invest in this new hobby they’re dipping their toe into. “I don’t know …

Believe in Yourself

You’re a runner? Really?!

“You’re a RUNNER? Really? What, like marathons and that?” Yes, these are questions I have been asked. Those questioning me at the time couldn’t believe it. They lacked belief. They couldn’t see it being true. They hadn’t experienced someone to achieve something unexpected. This isn’t their fault. I feel for …

Running achievements

2019 Running Achievements

In a year where running was very much up and down for me, I have achieved more than I feel like I have done. There are highs and some very lows for me, and I even considered pulling out of one race mid-race which hasn’t happened to me before. We …