And here we are – mid-March and only a little over one month to go. The last 2 weeks have been interesting – and tough (with more tough to come!). It all started on 4 March with the Maverick Race in the New Forest – a 15 mile “trail” run starting and finishing at the … More It’s been a tough 2 weeks – and only 37 days to go!
This week we have seen the fun (and sugar) of Shrove Tuesday (my children certainly enjoyed their pancakes) and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a fascinating time for me. It is a time when many thousands of people around the World (and probably more than even I can imagine) focus all … More The Challenge of Lent
This week, has seen the first few shoots of showing that Spring is on its way – and I am very relieved! The last few weeks of running have been pretty hard going – particularly with the rain, wind, ice and snow (when we’ve had it) but progress has been good. The running itself is … More Spring is springing and I’m still running
The irony is not lost on me. 6 years ago to the day, I was on the operating table in Manchester undergoing surgery to my knees having ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament in my left knee playing rugby; yet, today, I am in the thick of training for the Marathon (and here I am in … More 109 miles run and we’re into the last 73 days
I do not usually openly comment on political matters. However, sometimes – just sometimes – events are such an affront to common decency that we must all act as advocates for those without a voice. Donald . J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, is the cause and, regrettably, he has taken the … More Trump -v- Aid (and the losers are the poor)
This past week saw a general increase in the amount of running I am now doing – a little over 21 miles over the course of the week. There is still a long way to go – after all, in the not too distant future I will be averaging something in the region of 40-50 … More 88 days to go and the running continues…
This is a little boy call Hammoudi. He is sitting with his grandfather – both have escaped the disastrous civil war that has destroyed much of what ordinary Syrian people held dear – but both have very uncertain futures. Countless people have fled the conflict and many have physical and mental health issues. 6 year old … More Crisis in Syria: Hammoudi’s Story
I am now more than a week into my training – no alcohol has passed my lips since New Year’s day and has been replaced with all manner of potions manufactured by a well-known nutrionist. Having got through the first week, I was puzzling over the subject of my next blog whilst out for Sunday’s … More It’s all about Christian Aid
You can just picture the scene. It’s 1 January, pouring with rain and a few degrees above freezing. We are due to have close friends and their children for lunch – a roast turkey with all the trimmings and I announce to my wife (much later than planned): “I’m just going for a run – … More And the training starts….
Sitting here watching The Grinch with my boys got me thinking about the meaning of Christmas and the very reasons that I have committed to running the London marathon next year. For my money the Christmas message as espoused by The Grinch does not quite get it right but there is much to commend it. … More A thought for Christmas before the training begins