A year in people #16 – the boy with no name

(because I can’t remember it) I was 14 years old, on holiday in Tunisia. It was exotic, my second ever holiday abroad and I was allowed to take a friend. Of course, at that age, we thought we were So Grown Up. Just the age where we’d started to notice boys, we’d hang around theContinue reading “A year in people #16 – the boy with no name”

A year in people #15 – James D

I think it was some science class that Vic Makins and I sat near James and Tim. I think. I can’t remember exactly, but I do remember James at school. He was alright. Quite funny and just a nice lad. Not tall. I think I was friends with him on Facebook for a bit whenContinue reading “A year in people #15 – James D”

A year in people #14 – Lis Bailey

Lis Bailey is one of the funniest people I know. She has me in stitches. An excitable creature, she gets giddy about the most random things. I am not really an excitable creature. One day, once upon a time, we were walking across a bridge somewhere in London. It may have been Teddington Lock, or RichmondContinue reading “A year in people #14 – Lis Bailey”

A year in people #13 – Sparky

Not technically a person, but pets are family, right? Sparks was my cat for pretty much most of my childhood and into adulthood. Ever since I was really little I had wanted a cat, so my parents got a little black and white one when I was probably about 5 or 6. I’d actually wantedContinue reading “A year in people #13 – Sparky”

A year in people #12 – Matt Cavill

So talking of great bosses, let me introduce Matt. One of my favourite managers (and good friend) who did more for me than he’ll ever realise at one of the most tumultuous times in my life, which I’ll never forget. The year was 2011, the month was September. I’d just told my husband I wantedContinue reading “A year in people #12 – Matt Cavill”

A year in people #8 – Mrs Mackie

Mrs Mackie, there are two things I remember about you as the mother of my best friend at primary school up until the age of about 10. Tenderstem broccoli and fishfinger sandwiches. We only had normal broccoli at home, so this long-stemmed vegetable looked and tasted so exotic. It fanned out on my plate likeContinue reading “A year in people #8 – Mrs Mackie”

A year in people #7 – Lee M

Lee, whether he knows it or not, was a fundamental part of the creation of the ‘new me’ (post-divorce). An innocent conversation in the kitchen at work back at the start of 2011 between Lee, myself and Ash got onto the topic of running. We’d all dabbled in it in the past, and were allContinue reading “A year in people #7 – Lee M”

A year in people #6 – Laraine Wyn-Jones

My eyes darted left and right, scanning the crammed ferry lounge area for a spare seat. Seeing more people than seats, I was doubtful, until, hang on….wait….what was that? YES! A seat with no one in it. Moving as fast as I could while trying not to draw attention to myself, I threw myself intoContinue reading “A year in people #6 – Laraine Wyn-Jones”

A year in people #4 – Little Will

I’d been invited to a party. A joint birthday party for a big birthday at a big house in the country up in Lincolnshire. An unlimited booze, posh food, band, no-expense-spared type of party. I wasn’t drinking. I’d had a few nights out in the weeks before, I was in the middle of ultramarathon training,Continue reading “A year in people #4 – Little Will”