A year in people #98 – Andy

Andy and I clicked the first time we met. Well, we must have done, as we met on a Saturday and didn't stop talking for days, in a field somewhere in Surrey in October 2015. He was so interested in me, my life and my thoughts. When someone is so genuinely, actually interested in the … Continue reading A year in people #98 – Andy

A year in people #77 – Marsha

As I saw her come through the airport arrival gates, my eyes filled with tears and my throat burned; it took all I had to not burst into a massive pile of sobs and snot. A massive wave of relief and emotion rushed over me. The last time we'd seen each other was when I'd … Continue reading A year in people #77 – Marsha

A year in people #74 – Emma

“Tara! I need your help.” My friend Emma shouted from downstairs. “I think you need to call an ambulance.” She was staying with me after an operation in which a metal coil was put down the main (femoral) artery in her leg.  “I think something’s bleeding inside, it’s happened really quickly.” She lifted the covers … Continue reading A year in people #74 – Emma

A year in people #67 – Gemma

I came back from a few weeks abroad and Sian had made a new best friend. I vaguely recognised Gemma from BMF sessions but Sian had brought her into the fold. I'm not quite sure whether Gemma had a choice about being in said fold. The first Saturday I was back, I went to BMF … Continue reading A year in people #67 – Gemma

A year in people #57 – Scott Watkins

You know when enough time passes and you can't remember how you first got chatting to someone? That's what I'm like with Scott. I *think* it was on Twitter, and then at parkrun, but it could have been the other way around. He's the run director/top dog/organiser person at Albert Park parkrun in Melbourne, and I … Continue reading A year in people #57 – Scott Watkins

A year in people #56 – Lily

Back in 2009, I had a message telling me I should go to see Lily in Lincoln hospital asap, like, that day, as there was a chance she might not make it. She was very poorly. This week I sent a Happy Birthday message to my friend and old boss. We're still in touch, 10 … Continue reading A year in people #56 – Lily

A year in people #50 – Katie the cryer

This year on March 9th I tweeted "Laid in my van listening to a couple breaking up next door. Can't now move as I don't think they realise I am here", and several follow ons as an hour or so passed. I was having a little lay down in my van at a campsite in … Continue reading A year in people #50 – Katie the cryer

A year in people #47 – the Down Under Crew

Sydney, 2014. I was at a winery out in the Hunter Valley somewhere, with 3 women I'd not long met. We'd done some wine tasting and decided it was time for a little picnic. Pans had already been out and bought picnic stuff. Actual adult picnic stuff. Like meat and cheese and olives and crackers … Continue reading A year in people #47 – the Down Under Crew

A year in people #45 – Hannah C

You are smart, funny, kind, gorgeous, fit, fun to be around, generous, brave, courageous, vulnerable, energetic and so much more. You are you. Remember that time you cycled 300km across the South Island of New Zealand? You didn't like cycling much, but you said you'd give it a go. That you'd try it. Most people … Continue reading A year in people #45 – Hannah C