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Kingsbury Water parkrun

Tamsyn holding a Kingsbury Water parkrun selfie frame.

This year as part of the parkrun Conference, delegates were driven to Kingsbury Water parkrun. I was really excited to see what it would be like as it’s not an event that I’ve tried before. Trail-testing CONTRA When we arrived at Kingsbury Water, there was a stand with CONTRA clothing 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…


parkrun Tourism at Southsea parkrun

View of the beach at Southsea with 'parkrun Tourism: Southsea parkrun' written on it.

At the start of the year, I was struggling to get back on form with my running, so I decided to do more parkrun tourism. This relieved the pressure that I put on myself when I run at Southampton every week. To keep me on track, I wrote a planner Read more…


What does it take to run parkrun in under 30 minutes?

Stopwatch with text saying 'what does it take to run parkrun in under 30 minutes?'

Alongside my big goals (Castle to Coast triathlon) and RideLondon, I’ve been working on doing parkrun in under 30 minutes. I was over a minute slower than that at the LRR recalibration time trial, so I knew I had to get working. I still need to amend my eating habits Read more…


Don’t nip across in front of buggy runners!

Baby M before Buggy Mums at Weston Shore

It was another run at Southampton parkrun for me again today. It was nice to be back at parkrun after missing it last week. However, the weather was a bit muggy for running. Stu and I have agreed that we’ll take it in turns to run down to Southampton parkrun. 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…


Windsor to Brighton – my big event of 2019

Castle to Coast logo - it includes an illustration of Windsor Castle and Brighton.

I was so excited when I learnt about Fullsteam‘s latest event: Castle to Coast. It’s an event that takes entrants from Windsor to Brighton. What makes this event unique is that it’s the UK’s only sportive triathlon. I’ve been struggling with comparing my current race times with those I was Read more…


Run Fest Run – a new UK running festival

RunFestRun poster.

I read about RunFestRun, a new UK running festival a while ago and thought it sounded great, but the cost of tickets and my lack of running fitness meant that I didn’t expect to take part. However, just over a week ago, someone shared a discount code with me that Read more…


Something had to change

Tamsyn wearing SOAS cycling kit by a river with text superimposed on the picture 'Something had to change'.

I’ve been feeling down for months because I’ve not been exercising enough and I’ve been putting on weight. Eventually, something had to change. My schedule can’t go back to the way it used to be where I could train whenever I liked around my work hours. Stuart and I had 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…