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Monday Morning Motivation: Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter

Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter running together.

Can you imagine having a leg amputated after having bone cancer? Such a life-changing situation would affect each of us in a different way. For Xolani Luvuno, it was a step on the path to homelessness and drug addiction. However, a chance encounter with Hein Venter changed his life. Venter Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rosy Ryan

Rosy Ryan talking to two friends.

This week’s inspiration is courtesy of Rosy Ryan, a parkrunner with pancreatic cancer. Rosy’s story was featured on Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. Belfast based, Irish-American Rosy, is a barrister who’s full of infectious enthusiasm for parkrun and for life. She oozes positivity and a ‘can-do’ spirit. Yet behind Rosy’s smiley demeanour Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Danny Daycare

A man upside down in a jump on a bike pulling a trailer.

My Mondays always start with a cycle commute pulling a trailer, but that’s about where the similarity with Danny Macaskill ends. Enjoy! In his latest film Danny Macaskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how…  by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!


Monday Morning Motivation: Buggsie Heath-Brown

Buggsie running.

Today’s inspiration is Buggsie Heath-Brown, a parkrunner with breast cancer. An episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes focuses on Buggsie’s story. Buggsie Heath-Brown is a larger-than-life character who loves her local Gladstone park. If she’s not appearing in disguise then she’s encouraging new parkrunners. But she is also hiding a secret Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rajpaul Pannu

A man (Rajpaul Pannu) racing in a running singlet and shorts.

Today’s motivation comes courtesy of Rajpaul Pannu. At 15, he weighed nearly 200lbs (over 14 stone or 90kg). He ate unhealthily. His father passed away from a heart attack at 40, so he knew he needed to change his life. Pannu took up running and after a 2:17 debut marathon Read more…


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…