With parkruns being in the news today with Stoke Gifford Parish Council deciding to charge the organisation, I thought that I would write about my own experience of parkrunning. It was last July that I decided to do my first parkrun. I wasn't a runner, but I cycled from time to time (road and mountain biking) and I walked a bit too, how hard could running 5k be?Read More
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 17:46:57 Europe/London
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 11:48:29 Europe/London
A weekend away playing chess can be fun, even when you lose!Read More
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:46:31 Europe/London
The dedication required to become an Olympic champion.Read More
Monday, 28 September 2015 17:13:26 Europe/London
Having just joined a Bude RATS beginners' group I was naturally interested in how the more experienced RATS had got on at the Barnstaple marathon. I was initially a little surprised to see that the first and second placed runners were from Kenya. I probably shouldn't have been as I'm reading 'Running With The Kenyans' by Adharanand Finn at the moment. He writes about the 6 months he spent living in Iten and training with various Kenyans in the many training camps around the town. Getting up at 5am or earlier to go on training runs with them, eating ungali (a type of maize dough) and stewed kale, frequently running with the women because he couldn't keep up with the men. How, for many of those he met, winning a foreign marathon is a way out of poverty. So yes, I expected to see Kenyans in the elite group at London, or Boston, or New York; I just hadn't expected it at Barnstaple.Read More
Thursday, 11 June 2015 16:38:53 Europe/London
It’s that time of year when you realise just how difficult your Dad is to buy for – you could of course resort to socks, aftershave, a jumper, crossword book, or perhaps the latest crime thriller as your gift. But when you all get together for Fathers’ Day lunch, wouldn’t you love for your gift to be the one that he actually wants and the one he’ll use?
So where do you start and what could you buy that would stand out as one of the best gifts ever?
Personalisation is one of the best ways to go the extra mile this Fathers’ Day, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Here are some of our favourite personalised gifts for the dad in your life, whether he’s a fisherman, gardener, drinker, gadget lover or aspiring chef.Read More