Monday Morning Motivation: Kirsty Morley

Kirsty Morley wearing a parkrun apricot t-shirt to represent her home run (Warrington).

Kirsty Morley, one of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes, provides this week’s Monday Morning Motivation. This is the powerful story of a Warrington single mum, who learned to run – from ‘lamp post-to-lamp post’ – to support her little boy Teddy at junior parkrun. It’s also the empowering story of her struggle Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter

Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter running together.

Can you imagine having a leg amputated after having bone cancer? Such a life-changing situation would affect each of us in a different way. For Xolani Luvuno, it was a step on the path to homelessness and drug addiction. However, a chance encounter with Hein Venter changed his life. Venter Read more…


Disappointment

Wooden walkway into a misty forest of pine trees at Cape Disappointment, USA.

My big event this year was to be Castle to Coast triathlon. RideLondon last weekend was my final big training event, so I was cautious and saved my energy. Sadly, the weather conditions meant that the event was cancelled. What a disappointment. I feel disappointed that I wasn’t able to Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rosy Ryan

Rosy Ryan talking to two friends.

This week’s inspiration is courtesy of Rosy Ryan, a parkrunner with pancreatic cancer. Rosy’s story was featured on Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. Belfast based, Irish-American Rosy, is a barrister who’s full of infectious enthusiasm for parkrun and for life. She oozes positivity and a ‘can-do’ spirit. Yet behind Rosy’s smiley demeanour Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Danny Daycare

A man upside down in a jump on a bike pulling a trailer.

My Mondays always start with a cycle commute pulling a trailer, but that’s about where the similarity with Danny Macaskill ends. Enjoy! In his latest film Danny Macaskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how…  by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!


Return to Heartlands parkrun

Tamsyn running at Heartlands parkrun. South Crofty mine can be seen in the background.

Originally, I had intended to visit Yeovil Montacute parkrun (or another event between Hampshire and Cornwall, such as Blandford or Henstridge Airfield) this weekend. However, some unfortunate planning means I have to be in London on Friday. I was intending to spend the week in Cornwall on holiday with my Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Buggsie Heath-Brown

Buggsie running.

Today’s inspiration is Buggsie Heath-Brown, a parkrunner with breast cancer. An episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes focuses on Buggsie’s story. Buggsie Heath-Brown is a larger-than-life character who loves her local Gladstone park. If she’s not appearing in disguise then she’s encouraging new parkrunners. But she is also hiding a secret Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rajpaul Pannu

A man (Rajpaul Pannu) racing in a running singlet and shorts.

Today’s motivation comes courtesy of Rajpaul Pannu. At 15, he weighed nearly 200lbs (over 14 stone or 90kg). He ate unhealthily. His father passed away from a heart attack at 40, so he knew he needed to change his life. Pannu took up running and after a 2:17 debut marathon Read more…


parkrun Tourism: Salisbury parkrun

Tamsyn running in a green parkrun t-shirt in focus in the foreground, with other parkrunners behind her.

Today was an arbitrary milestone for me as it was my 300th parkrun. Southampton parkrun was cancelled, so Stu and I agreed to do some parkrun tourism to Salisbury parkrun with our friends Rachel and Phil and their children. We’d chosen Salisbury parkrun for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: John Butcher

John Butcher standing with four friends.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is another episode of Jess’s parkrun Heroes. The star of the episode is John Butcher. John is a veteran runner setting records into his late eighties. Together with friends Colin and Snowy this ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ running crew tour in search of new Read more…