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 weekend in Hanmer Springs

I've been to Hanmer Springs a fair few times now. It's actually is one of my favourite places in the South Island. Given it's only about 1 hour 40 minutes from Christchurch it's an easy destination to go for a weekend, or even a day depending on how much you like driving and who's in your... Continue Reading →

Johnny Irish

I’m sat in a cafe in Wanaka and I realise it’s the same cafe where I met a guy called Johnny, on my first trip to New Zealand back in 2014. I’m actually sat at the same table; coincidentally the only one free. As I sit down I wonder where he is now. He was... Continue Reading →

Cycling the Carretera Austral, Chile

It’s Christmas 2016 and I’m running full pelt through Madrid airport to catch a connecting flight that’s about to leave (I’d already missed my original one due to delays) to take me to Santiago, Chile. I eventually arrive to find my luggage didn’t make it. I’m not surprised; delays and me catching a different flight... Continue Reading →

Moving countries is hard

I got lonely. Imagine you lived a life full of social engagements, activities, friends and family. Friends that you could pop in and have a cup of tea with, or a pint of beer with in the pub after a quick phone call. Or a g&t in your pyjamas and slippers putting the world to... Continue Reading →

Training: Taper

Taper off - "to become gradually smaller or weaker, or happen less often" To taper in a sporting event capacity means a period of reduced training desired to eliminate training-induced fatigue but without losing fitness. Read more about tapering here. Basically a little rest before the big event - HURRAH! These last two weeks for... Continue Reading →

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