Monday Morning Motivation: The Coxes and their tandem

Betty Cox and her husband, Graeme, wearing cycle helmets.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Betty Cox and her husband Graeme. Now 92 and 87 respectively, they still love riding their tandem four times a week. Betty was diagnosed with bowel cancer in her 80s. She recovered surprisingly quickly, which she credits to her fitness from cycling Read more…


New Year’s Day Double

After having an incredibly successful parkrun year in 2019 (in terms of volume rather than speed), what better way to start 2020 than a New Year’s Day Double? I’ve only managed this once before in 2016. Sadly in 2017 and 2018, I was really ill at the start of the Read more…


parkruns in Cornwall – done!

Selfie of Tamsyn and Stuart at Tamar Lakes.

One of my goals for this year was to complete all of the parkruns in Cornwall. Land’s End started fairly recently and I managed to do that last week so that just left me with Tamar Lakes. You can read about my adventures at the other parkruns in Cornwall: Lanhydrock Read more…


Land’s End parkrun

Stuart and Tamsyn Smith at Land's End parkrun.

One of my goals this year was to complete all of the parkruns in Cornwall. To help me achieve that, I’d planned to run at Tamar Lakes today. However, my hometown of Hayle was flooded a couple of days ago. Torrential rain is forecast until tomorrow. I thought it would Read more…


parkrun Tourism: Blandford parkrun

Tamsyn and Stuart running at Blandford parkrun. They're both smiling.

We had an opportunity for some parkrun tourism (minus M) on 14th December. We had a trip to see Santa planned with Stuart’s parents, so we agreed to drop M off at their house in Ferndown before driving further to Blandford parkrun. That way, M got to spend some time Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Perry Shoemaker

Perry Shoemaker racing at the Army Ten-Miler in 2016.

Perry Shoemaker is a 48-year-old mother of three who has qualified for the US Olympic Trials in February. As one of 380 women, she knows she is unlikely to qualify for Team USA, but as someone who is double the age of other qualifiers, she is an inspirational woman. Shoemaker Read more…


Aiming for a season’s best

Fireworks exploding.

I’ll be honest this year running has been really hard. I’ve struggled with illness, weight gain, tiredness, stress and motivation issues. All of this meant that my ‘season’s best time’ for 5km was in a pretty poor state. In late summer, I decided to try and get back on top Read more…


Podcasts to motivate and inspire triathletes

A neon sign saying "You are what you listen to".

A while back I shared a Friday Five post about 5 podcasts that I listen to. I’ve been trying to be more active in my lunch breaks, so I’ve been out walking whilst listening to podcasts. Here are some of the ones that have been recommended to me: 300 pounds Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Marianne Heading

Maraianne Heading with snow all around her and snow on her eyelashes.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Marianne Heading. She is a female ultra runner who, like Jasmin Paris, has proved that when it comes to really long distances women can compete with (and beat) men. Heading was the winner of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 mile race Read more…


The calm after the storm… no parkrun tourism this week!

A row of Autumn leaves in colour order from green, through yellow to deep red.

After last week’s wet and windy run, I was so grateful that it was dry yesterday morning. However, it definitely wasn’t warm. I’d seen that it was predicted to be about 6C. I’ve been struggling with a heavy cold for over a week and haven’t been exercising much, so I Read more…