The Swimmer as Hero – adventures in wild swimming

Wavy water in a swimming pool.

To help me in my journey as a swimmer, I’ve committed to reading as much about swimming as possible. I’m also listening to radio programmes and podcasts about swimming. Like people all around the world, I don’t do much open water swimming or wild swimming these days (or pool swimming!). Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Raha Moharrak

Raha Moharrak

As it was International Women’s Day yesterday, I thought I’d share an inspirational story about a female first. Raha Moharrak was the first woman from Saudi Arabia to climb the Seven Summits and Mount Everest. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kala Pattar, Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccihuatl Read more…


My Brighton Run2Music training schedule

A woman running up some brightly coloured stairs.

I’m really looking forward to Brighton Run2Music. It takes place at the end of May, so it’s quite late in the season for a half marathon. I think that’s fantastic as it gives me longer to prepare for it. I’ve planned my own Brighton Run2Music training schedule. I’m planning to Read more…


My parkrun A-Z: Itchen Valley Country parkrun

Itchen Valley Country parkrun banner.

My plan on Saturday had been to go to Southampton parkrun to celebrate its 400th event. Stuart was going to do a long run that finished on The Common and I was going to drive there with M. We had a busy weekend planned, so it fitted nicely into our Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Josephine Ocaka

Josephine Ocaka and other members of the Ugandan Crew at Burgess parkrun.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Josephine Ocaka. Josephine is a key member of the Ugandan Crew who I met at the parkrun Ambassadors Conference. They run at Burgess parkrun. This video relates to International Women’s Day which is coming up on Sunday. Josephine Ocaka transcript A lot Read more…


Avenue of Pain and a long run

Pete and Tamsyn after a long run.

I’ve had a busy week of running this week. The highlights were the Avenue of Pain, lunchtime runs, a long run and a parkrun. On Monday, I made it out to another training session with Lordshill. We did the ‘Avenue of Pain’, a training session that Stu wrote back when Read more…


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…