Overcoming obstacles to empower women with Spartan

Today is International Women’s Day 2018. It’s a day to celebrate the achievements of women. It’s a day to celebrate commitment towards our #PressForProgress. We want to see a level playing field for men and women. Step forward Spartan Race, the world’s leading OCR (obstacle course race for those new to the term). A race to get muddy. A race to test your endurance. A race to test your mental strength. A race to level the playing field between men and women. Despite the common misconception that OCRs are dominated by men, 40% of Spartan… View Post

Dear brand, we need to talk about …

Dear Virtually Every Women’s Sports Clothing Brand Ever, We need to talk. We need to talk urgently and we need to talk about pockets. Why do you never include decent pockets in your running ranges? Half the time you don’t bother at all and on the rare occasions that you do, the pockets are only good for a gnat’s cock. Yes, they really are that small and impractical.     When I go running, I like to take my front door key. You know, the thing that allows me to get back indoors. I suppose… View Post

Jo Pavey: This Mum Runs book review

About a year ago, I bought This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey and finally got round to reading it last October. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jo a couple of times and she is a truly nice individual, so I was looking forward to getting stuck into her book. After all, we have a lot in common, right? We’re both mums We both run We’re both from the south west We’ve both run marathons And, errrrrrrrr…now I’m stuck. The book starts in 2014, recapping her 10,000m race at the National Championships, a trial for… View Post

Stop saying “I’m sorry” and just …

The great thing about running is that it’s for everyone and events like parkrun do a great job of encouraging everyone to go out and take part. Your time doesn’t matter. I’m a member of countless Facebook running groups, all of them supportive and inclusive. All runners are celebrated and from 3 hour marathon runners to 60 minute 5k finishers, everyone is applauded for their achievements. Running is a very personal sport. A good time for one runner may be an easy jog for another. Some of us will spend months training to hit a… View Post

Reflecting on 2017

I thought about doing a round-up post for 2017. I know they are a bit cliché and every blogger is doing one, but truthfully, I enjoy reading them. It’s refreshing to read what people are proud of. It’s refreshing to see the honesty. For me, 2017, like every other year, has had ups and downs. I haven’t spoken about many of the changes of the blog, although if you follow me on social media, you will have picked up on bits and pieces. So here’s a recap on things that have been important to me… View Post