Events 2019 – Number 1 Court Celebration, Wimbledon

Sunday, 19th May 2019 – No. 1 Court, All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, London It’s been some time since I last managed to get tickets to go to Wimbledon during the Championships, but this year I did manage to snag a pair of tickets to go to the No. Court Celebration, held a month…

Running 2019 – The London Winter Run, London

Sunday, 3rd February 2019 – The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, London I’ve been a runner since 2006, so 13 years (though two of those were spent trying to find ways of mitigating an ankle issue caused by defective biomechanics, attempting to stave off surgery, being told I’d never run again, having the surgery…

Fitness/Travel 2018 – Tokoinranta parkrun, Helsinki

Saturday, December 1st 2018 – Tokoinranta parkrun, Helsinki Unlike some people I’m not an obsessive parkrun tourist, which means I don’t find a parkrun first before deciding where to go on holiday. Rather, if there is a local parkrun and I’m in the area and can fit it in, then I will. Which is how…

Running 2018 – J P Morgan Chase, Battersea Park, London

Wednesday, July 4th – J P Morgan Chase, Battersea Park, London With the sun still baking down and the UK in the middle of a heat wave the likes of which we haven’t experienced since sometime in the 1970s, it really wasn’t running weather (at least not for me – I’m a cold weather runner)…

Travel/Food 2018 – French Road Trip, Day 11, Pugnac, Blaye

Tuesday, May 15th – Day 11, Pugnac, Blaye And so, up and about to find the sun shining, so I took a short-ish run into and through Pugnac (it’s not very big), establishing that it has a very attractive main street, is surrounded by vines, and there’s a small brasserie just beyond the mairie. Also,…

Travel 2018 – French Road Trip, Day 5, Bordeaux

Wednesday, May 9th – Day 5, Bordeaux I started the day with a run out from the hotel and along the riverside walk that was already busy with other runners, walkers, cyclists and skateboarders. It gave me an opportunity to figure out the lie of the land between the hotel and the river, and provided…

Travel 2018 – French Road Trip, Day 3, Troyes

Monday, May 7th – Day 3, Troyes, Etoges Monday morning dawned sunny and clear so I set off for a run around the village. It wasn’t easy to cover much mileage without having to test every side road available, unless I wanted to run along the main roads. Given the sheer volume of farm traffic…

Fitness 2018 – Blenheim 7k, Blenheim Palace

Sunday, 29th April 2018 – Blenheim 7k, Blenheim Palace Having not run any sort of race since the Silverstone 10K two years ago, the Blenheim 7K seemed like a conveniently sensible distance in a conveniently close location, it being only 40 minutes or so away by road. So I figured what the hell, I’d go…

Travel 2017 – Moselle Road Trip, Day 11

Tuesday October 3rd – Day 11, Zell an der Mosel An early-ish run saw me head down the river towards Rissbach, and its lovely timber-framed houses. There was a detour to avoid a tree marked as having a hornets’ nest in it, and a slight loss of direction at the camp site (I was slightly…

Travel 2017 – Moselle Road Trip, Day 1

Saturday September 23rd – Day 1, Eurotunnel, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany And so the long awaited “big” holiday of 2017 rolled around and after much complicated planning we were off to spend two weeks (almost) meandering along the course of the Mosel (or the Moselle as the Brits call it), visiting castles, implausibly pretty little…