Do a long bike ride, a 24 hour race, run a marathon or even a half-marathon and the first thing people ask you about it is: “Are you doing it for charity?”. This is how we view endurance sport in society today – endurance sport is┬ásomething we do to inflict pain on ourselves in return […]

Shin Splints: a common ailment among new runners and those who try to increase their mileage too quickly. It is, typically, a pain on the inside of the lower leg that feels as though it is in, or on, the shin bone. Despite the name, it is not a fracture of the shin bone nor […]

Today is a significant milestone for me: it’s the first time I have ever done my entire commute, in both directions, running. It’s five and half miles, most of it on muddy footpaths through fields. There’s no question that running on slippery and uneven surfaces and splashing through puddles is harder than road running, even […]

The clocks are about to go back and there’s a storm forecast for this weekend. High winds and rain. Exactly the sort of weather that I really don’t want to be out cycling in. The alternative, the turbo trainer, isn’t all that appealing either. If I was serious about cycling I’d probably grind it out […]

It’s okay, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, it’s a new cover. Not a whole new book. They take time and while I do have a new book on the way, this isn’t it. Just a new cover, that’s all: The old cover for my novel A Run Of Bad Luck wasn’t that bad, but people […]

I’ve had month of unprecedented sales of my books in February. I’ve no idea what triggered it, but I’m delighted. It got me wondering about fans and where they come from. Fan Noun An apparatus with rotating blades that creates a current of air for cooling or ventilation. A person who has a strong interest […]

This weekend I picked up a trophy at my cycling club’s awards dinner. I have won the B.A.R. trophy (Best All-Rounder – a prize for the fastest average speed over a selection of time-trial distances.*) It’s fantastic to win something, and I feel more part of the club know that I have my name engraved […]