Staying safe whilst running

Sporty young woman, night jogging in the park under the street lights

I asked a range of runners online for their top tips for staying safe whilst running. The usefulness of the advice they gave depends on your personal circumstances and where you live. I’m grateful that in the UK, no-one suggested carrying a gun for personal protection. I’m also grateful that Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Dhruvil Patel

Dhruvil Patel on a runing track wearing running clothing.

I chose Dhruvil Patel as this week’s Monday Morning Motivation because of the phenomenal progress that he has made as a runner over the last few years. In his words: Improvement in running is available to anybody who is willing to put in the work day in and day out! Read more…


If we were having coffee…

A cup of coffee and a mug of hot chocolate on a table.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask for a large hot chocolate as I don’t like coffee. Also, I object to paying obscene amounts of money for a cup of tea. I’d ask how 2020 was going for you so far. Then, because I’m a talker, I’d fill the next Read more…


Getting serious about my challenges for 2020

Last year I found it hard to balance everything in my life. There was never enough time for sleep, so training took a back seat and I didn’t take on many challenges. I’m now more determined than ever to get my training back on track, so I’ve been planning a Read more…


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…