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A Happy Healthier New Year You – in 3!

  • 30 December 2018, 11:36 am
  • By Claire
  • in Creative Writing

It’s that time of year when we reflect on positive change for the year ahead.   If you are considering being more active because of the health benefits, here are 3 simple suggestions: 1. Try parkrun Communities have come together up and down the coun[...]

Running through grief and matters of the heart

  • 22 October 2018, 6:07 pm
  • By Claire
  • in Creative Writing

My running story begins in January 2017, when I wasn’t well.  Being unwell was only apparent to those close to me.   I still functioned: on the outside I appeared to be me, my professional self, my social self. Inside I was broken.  My father had di[...]

Getting ready to speak up, just not about weight!

  • 14 October 2018, 11:34 am
  • By Claire
  • in Creative Writing

I’m getting ready for my talk at WriteUp! SpeakUp! at this year’s Wells Festival of Literature.  I will be speaking about my experiences of running. Not running per se, more around the extraordinary mind shift that being physically active can produce[...]

Running through GRIEF and matters of the HEART

  • 8 September 2018, 5:43 pm
  • By Claire
  • in Creative Writing

Today I ran 5K in 28.33, my fastest time ever at parkrun in Shepton Mallet - yay! This journey started at 40.32 (for 5K at parkrun) precisely a year ago when deep in grief from losing a parent, along with something I loved/trusted disintegrating and i[...]

Setting your bar to your own personal motivation

  • 13 May 2018, 7:58 pm
  • By Claire
  • in Find Your Own Sunshine

Taking my daughter to her first gymnastics competition today I asked what she wanted to achieve for herself, she replied that she didn’t want to come last. She wasn’t setting her bar low or being pessimistic, it was the opposite – she re[...]