Category Archives: Out and About

Parkrun Adventures

If your New Year’s Resolutions involve getting more outdoor exercise, parkrun is an excellent opportunity for it. Since it happens every Saturday morning, it can be factored into your routine; there are plenty of other people there to keep you … Continue reading

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Looking Back on 2022

Even with the issue of Covid-19 being scaled back (though far from eliminated), 2022 has been a tough year all around: the cost of living going up, the war in Ukraine, extreme weather, disruptive strikes, and the sad passing of … Continue reading

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The Great North Run – 2022

In the days leading up to the Great North Run, I had two targets. The first was to try and at least get a time similar to my half marathon PB (1:43:39, set last month), even if I couldn’t be … Continue reading

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A New Half Marathon PB!

This September, I’ll be taking part in the Great North Run, one of the biggest half marathon events in the world. I’ve never been to a running event of that size before, and as I don’t know when I’ll get … Continue reading

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November: Two Different Endurance Challenges

The end of November saw a couple of achievements to reflect upon. First, I completed my thirteenth National Novel Writing Month – here are some thoughts on how this one went: I’d done a lot of prep work beforehand, yet … Continue reading

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My 600th Post: My Running This Year

As well as being a good year for reading and writing, 2021 has turned to be a positive year for running too. After completing a virtual half-marathon last year, I felt as if I lost my running mojo to a … Continue reading

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Holidaying in England: The S.S. Great Britain

After the wet weather in Southampton, the sun was thankfully shining in Bristol, and walking along the picturesque River Avon was a very pleasant experience. As with Southampton, my visit was primarily motivated by my interest in maritime history, and … Continue reading

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Holidaying in England: Southampton

Readers of this blog will already be familiar with my interest in maritime history in general, and the Titanic in particular. Having visited the museum dedicated to the Titanic in Belfast, and seen a piece of the wreck in Las … Continue reading

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Holidaying in England: The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Like a great many people, my original holiday plans this year were scuppered by Covid-19. Even when travel restrictions were relaxed later in the summer, going overseas felt too risky; some people I knew booked holidays to Spain and then … Continue reading

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My First Half Marathon!

Last Sunday, I was supposed to be running my first half marathon in Blackpool. But then Covid-19 happened. The event was put back to September, and various options were offered to those who had signed up. The new date happened … Continue reading

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