Knowing the location of my first ever open water swim was going to be the highest beach in England and in late April, I had a bit of an inkling it wasn’t going to be warm. This been said, I was still excited when we trekked from the car park to Gaddings Dam in Lancashire… Read More Open water swimming – what it’s really like
My Instagram feed is currently a barrage motivational quotes from over -achievers consistently running marathons and climbing mountains. I just can’t seem to get away from memes telling me to ‘never give up’ or ‘you can do this’ or a personal favourite ‘you don’t get this ass by sitting on it’ There is a stream… Read More Toxic Instagram and why we all need a duvet day
Two years ago I bribed my son into going to Scouts – yes that’s right I paid him £2. I’d spent months badgering him to go and he flatly refused so my only option was cold hard cash. Predictably after just one session he loved it and within two weeks he was setting off on… Read More Why we need the Scouting movement now more than ever
It is a momentous weekend for us as we become the proud owner of a brand new teenager. Eye rolling and attitude aside, it is actually quite nice having a 13 year old around and, although I miss the years when he was a little boy, there’s much to celebrate in his coming of age.… Read More The proud owner of the brand new teenager!
In the dark depths of the Yorkshire winter while planning holidays I thought Loch Lomond would be a great place for a short summer break at the end of the school year. What I didn’t account for was that I’d chosen the only rainy weekend in a summer of seemingly endless scorching sunshine. But being… Read More Short break review – Loch Lomond our Scottish adventure
Last week I took part in Skipton Go-Tri. A 200 metre swim, a 9.5k bike and a 2.5k run. It allows those interested in triathlon to get an idea of what it’s all about and for the more experienced it’s a great way to practise transitions or do some training. So here’s what I learnt.… Read More Some obvious and not so obvious lessons I learnt after taking part in a Go-Tri
Moving to secondary school can be tough – not just for the kids. I cried my eyes out last September watching Harry get on the bus for the first time. Here are 10 things I’ve learnt since then. There’s a lot to remember Primary school is a doddle let’s face it and it comes as… Read More The big move to secondary school – ten things I’ve learnt from the first year
The NHS is celebrating its 70th birthday on Thursday and I know if my Mother had been here she would have been waving the biggest of flags. Born in 1948 just like the NHS, Joyce Cook, my Mother spent more than 30 years working as a nurse and midwife. She died aged just 51 –… Read More NHS 70 – My Mother the Nurse
Looking at Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast with her pristine blonde bob, professionally delivering the day’s news you would never imagine she spends her weekends flinging herself into lakes, hurtling down hills on a bike or running across the North West’s landscape. But just check her Twitter feed and she really is the action woman… Read More Book review: Dare to Tri by Louise Minchin
There is no doubt since the arrival of the Brownlee brothers the popularity of triathlon has exploded. The number of people now taking part in the sport has grown by almost 40 percent since 2014 and almost half of these are women. Despite having a reputation for being only for the toughest of athletes, triathlon… Read More Think triathlon is for the toughest of the tough – you’re wrong.