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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…


Monday Morning Motivation: Jo Eccles

Close up of Jo Eccles.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is a moving episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. The central protagonist is Jo Eccles. Jo is someone who has gained confidence and friendship through parkrun. Jo Eccles worked as a doctor’s receptionist at the Sloan practice in Sheffield. When Dr Ollie Hart and his colleagues Read more…


Feeling positive about my training

Image of Tamsyn running with text saying 'Feeling positive about my training' superimposed on it.

I’m feeling positive and inspired now that I’ve entered Castle to Coast. My Strava stats for May show that I’m really getting back on track. This was really helped by taking part in RunFestRun. RunFestRun I’ve written a whole post about RunFestRun, but the summary is this: 2x5km with M Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: UCLA Gymnastics

Katelyn Ohashi wearing a blue and silver UCLA leotard.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of UCLA Gymnastics. In particular, I’m inspired by Katelyn Ohashi. She completed her final competitive routine for the team last month. Gymnastics has a special place in my heart. I took it up at 20 and trained for over a decade, only giving Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Blood Road

Still from Blood Road.

Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the site where Rebecca’s father, a Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Latoya Shauntay Snell

Image of a woman (Latoya Sunatay Snell) standing in a confident pose

I first read about Latoya Shauntay Snell in 2018. Someone had shared a photo of her running in a Facebook group. My first thought was to wonder where she had got her leggings from, so I did a bit of Googling and ended up on her Instagram page. Then I Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Live Like Line

Poster for The Miracle season.

I watched The Miracle Season on Netflix and although it’s predictable in places, I also found it moving as I knew it was based on a true story. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that the eponymous character, Line, passes away not long into the Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Moon Fahel

Moon Fahel running.

As we’re in peak marathon season, this week’s inspiration is courtesy of an 85-year-old runner: Moon Fahel. Moon joined a gym after retiring at 66. Whilst there he would try anything that sounded like fun, including Zumba and martial arts. Moon was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer when he started Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Lorena Ramirez

Lorena Ramírez taking part in Cajamar Tenerife Bluetrail ultramarathon.

María Lorena Ramírez Hernández is a 24-year-old Mexican runner. She belongs to the Tarahumara or Rarámuri ethnic group. These indigenous people are known for their long-distance running ability. Lorena Ramirez became world famous after winning the UltraTrail Cerro Rojo in 2017. She completed the 50 km race in 7 hours and 20 minutes, whilst Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Jeannie Rice

Mature Korean woman standing next to a rack of medals.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Jeannie Rice, a veteran runner who is showing no signs of slowing down. Rice, a 70-year-old from Ohio, set an age-group world record at Chicago Marathon in October 2018.   Her finish time was 3:27:50, beating the previous age-group record by over 7 1/2 Read more…