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 →

Easter hiking – Part 2

Oh my days!!!!! Easter Sunday started with a lovely sunny day in Rotherham.  However, the forecast for Glossop where we would be hiking was "Continuous heavy rain".  Hard to believe such a contrast in weather over just 30 miles, but nonetheless, we packed our gear and a change of clothing for the end. After a good bowl of porridge with cinnamon and peanut butter, myself and my cousin Jill drove over to Old Glossop and met up (for my third time!) with the Shamblers walking group - around 25 people had turned out…continue reading →

Easter hiking – Part 1

I'm on a roll now... met up with the Shamblers walking group again today!  This time for ab 'Easy' 6-mile walk from Stanley Ferry near Wakefield.  A beautiful canal and woodland there-and-back walk, with a lunch stop at a local church. We started from a pub, and the sun was shining - what could be better?! An early viewpoint of a weir was our first stopping point. We stopped for lunch at a beautiful little church... and the clouds in the sky were a stunning swirl of shapes.       There followed…continue reading →

At last!! Perseverance pays off

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll be familiar with my attempts to meet up with the sociable Sheffield walking group 'The Shamblers'.  Well, on Saturday 1st April... I actually made it to one of their walks!! It was suspiciously listed on their website as a 5.5 mile walk to the 'Isle of Skye'.  Now, being the 1st April, I was on my guard for an April Fool's joke - we were after all nowhere near Scotland!  But nevertheless, I headed off with 'Bruce' my SatNav to the meeting point…continue reading →

27 miles in 3 days?!!

This weekend (17th - 19th March) I embarked on a 3-day training hike session, with the aim to cover 27 miles - the distance I will hike in 14 hours (!) when I do the Pure Challenge Peak District Six Dales event on Sat 24th June 2017 (now only 14 weeks / 98 days away). Day 1 (Friday) - I'd worked out (using Map My Run) a gently undulating 10-mile linear route for today.  A few fine gravel paths, but mainly on good ol' tarmac / flagstone footpaths. I'd return back to the…continue reading →

Pay it forward

Last weekend (4th & 5th March) I hiked on two consecutive days for the first time. Saturday: I planned a 13km (just over 8 miles) walk with 137m of ascent.  Only pavement pounding, but useful mileage in the legs.  It felt a long way, but I made it in 2.5hrs - an average speed of 3.4mph (5.2km/hr). The last couple of km I started to slow down.  However, unlike the previous weekend's hike in Essex, I didn't suffer with groin pain. Sunday: In the pouring rain - "it's only water" - I managed…continue reading →

Exercises to improve your walking – The Squat

Walking is a great all-round exercise: it improves your cardiovascular system (stronger heart & lungs); it develops leg strength (quads - front thighs, hamstrings - rear thighs, glutes - bum muscles); and makes for a stronger core (stomach and back muscles).  It is also good for weight loss and can be as beneficial for treating mild depression as prescribed medication!  Added to those benefits, walking helps regulate blood glucose levels and can reduce blood pressure. It can also be done by most people - just start where you are.  You don't need to…continue reading →

Stay on these roads!!

Hello. My name is Sharon and I'm an A-ha fan!! There, I've said it.  Phew. I have many happy memories of the 80s music scene - as many of my Back Pain exercise class clients will tell you! But the A-ha song "Stay on These Roads" brought a smile to my face yesterday during my latest training hike for the 27-mile Peak District 6-Dales Challenge which I'm taking part in on Sat 24th June 2017. I left Rotherham at 10am to meet up with a walking group in north Sheffield (near Oughtibridge).  I…continue reading →

“You did well… for a southerner!!”

Yesterday I went on another training hike in preparation for my Peak District 6-Dales challenge on 24th June.  This time I was with my good friend Sarah, and we tackled Shire Hill in Glossop. The weather was cool (2c) and wet when I left Rotherham.  As I proceeded over Woodhead Pass (A628), the temperature went down to -1c and the rain turned to sleet and then snow.  Visibility in places was reduced to 50m thanks to low cloud and fog.  Arriving in Glossop it was still sleeting and some snow covered the ground.…continue reading →