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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[...]

Uncovering Shepton Mallet Prison Raises More Questions

  • 29 April 2018, 9:22 am
  • By Claire
  • in Shepton Mallet Prison

Shepton Mallet Prison’s future seems certain as a reincarnation into luxury apartment blocks by a high-end property developer who was sold this grade II* listed building by the MoJ. The development has been postponed until up to 2020, although work can [...]