Making memories

St Andrews Spla (1)

Race: St Andrews Splash ‘n’ Dash
Distance: 4.5 miles
Date: Saturday 21st July
Supporting Runners: Jemma Love
Fundraising to date: £4,406
Finishing Time: 0:46:07

Memories

3 years ago, I was on the way to work on a Monday morn when Adam called to ask me if I wanted to go to St Andrews the following day to watch the golfers on one of their practice days for The Open.

Errrrrm no. Continue reading

Alone in the wild

Cardingmill Valley Trail Half Marathon

Race: Piece of cake trail half marathon
Distance: 13.1miles
Date: Saturday 14th July
Supporting Runners: N/A
Fundraising to date: £4,180
Finishing Time: HOURS (3:04:00)

Its been 1 week since I posted my blog post: ‘Is suicide selfish?’, which has been my most read blog up to now. I wanted to leave it at the top of the list for a while longer (and also fully recover) before I droned on with more race details.

The Cardingmill Valley Trail Half Marathon is a very important one for 30for30  as I reckon it is the biggest challenge on the list, after the New York Marathon.

Running relatively flat road half marathons is one thing… But when a race requires you to carry 1 litre of water, a first aid kit and a map of the area, it is a whole different kettle of fish.  Continue reading

Is suicide selfish?

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Recently, I had a chat with someone around the topic, ‘is suicide selfish?’. I feel that this is quite a popular opinion, and something that I once used to feel – so whilst I am in between races, I thought it would be a good topic to cover.

I suppose a lot of people may read my blogs, and see the challenge I am doing in memory of Adam, and wonder why I am putting myself through so much effort for something that was ultimately Adam’s decision – and perhaps something that could have been prevented. Continue reading

Choo Choo: Race the train

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Race: Race the train (Bury to Rawtenstall)
Distance: 10.4 miles
Date: 10th June 2018
Supporting Runners: N/A
Fundraising to date: £3,650
Finishing Time: 01:47:43

It’s taken me a good few days to get over this race so apologies again for the delay in the write up.

But before I discuss the torture that was ‘Race the Train’, I wanted to discuss some exciting 30for30 news…

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March madness part 1: Bram Vs Snow

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Race: Wilmslow half marathon
Distance: 13.1 miles
Date: 18th March 2018
Supporting Runners: N/a
Fundraising to date: £1,710
Finishing Time: 01:59:56

It’s been 6 weeks since race number 10 and lots of anticipation and prep for the 2nd half marathon of the 30for30 challenge.

I’ve never ran Wilmslow half marathon before, and I was quick to sign up for this one having heard good things about it. I’d also planned to run 2 half marathons in March, in a bid to make things a little more impressive for the fund raising side of things… Continue reading

Light and shade: Breaking the silence on mental health

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No 30for30 runs this weekend means no blogging and no afternoon naps on the sofa. I’m quickly forgetting what I usually do on Sundays 🤔

I am searching for new races to book in early next year, and whilst I have the laptop out, I wanted to repost this blog by Adam’s friend, John Atkinson. John made a very kind donation to 30for30 earlier this week which prompted me to go and read his blog again. The blog was written on the year anniversary of Adam’s death and touches on John’s experiences with mental health – It is beautifully written and really worth a read… Continue reading