We did it!!

Yesterday, myself and my wonderful cousin Jill took part in the Peak District Six Dales challenge: 6 dales; 27 miles; 1000m ascent; 14hrs to complete. Here is a quick summary (will update with fuller details tomorrow when I'm not so tired!!) My friend Ana and I left my house at 6am after having packed, repacked and then rearranged again my rucksack!  Decided to jettison the extra set of clothing and the waterproof covering for my rucksack - just no room left for food and drink. We picked Jill up from St Anne's church…continue reading →

Six Days ’til the Six Dales

It's been four months and twenty nine days since Jill and myself agreed to enter for the Pure Challenge Six Dales hike: 6 dales, 27 miles, 1000m ascent and 14hrs to complete it.  We're raising funds for two charities: Doctors of the World and Swansea City Mission - Nicholaston House, which runs Eating Disorder courses for people with any faith and no faith. Doctors of the World They are currently running 400 projects in 80 countries with 3000 volunteers! Whether it’s providing urgent medical care in Ukraine, giving mental healthcare to refugees in…continue reading →

Further and longer!

So how did you spend your weekend?  For me it started with a surprisingly quick and clear journey south on the A14.  The aim was to meet up with my cousin Jill for our final joint training hike before our Six Dales Challenge on Sat 24th June - fundraising for Doctors of the World and also the Eating Disorder work led by Helena Wilkinson at Nicholaston House (Swansea City Mission). After an evening of sorting out motivational hiking music on my mp3, I settled down for a good night's sleep ahead of a…continue reading →

A Lesson in Endurance

I moved in to my current house just over eight months ago.  It's a lovely two-bed house, in a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking fields.  The neighbours are great, and it's close to work too.  The one 'glitch' is that it has a HUGE garden - and I have NO green fingers whatsoever!!  Thankfully there are very few plants to look after (I struggle to keep cacti alive)... just one giant undulating lawn to keep under control. Lately it's been a struggle to match time off work with dry weather, and hence my lawn resembled…continue reading →

“Too fat to work!” – my response to the Daily Mail article.

Last Tuesday 30th May, the Daily Mail published an article,  written by Tammy Hughes, quoting Prof Dame Carol Black.  I saw it retweeted a few times on Twitter and was intrigued by the headline.  Having read the article, I felt compelled to put my opinion and comments forward. The first line of the articles stated “Almost 900,000 people in Britain are too fat to work”. My first thought was along the lines of ‘What is the definition of being too fat to work’?   Too fat to be able to travel to work?…continue reading →