Day 18 + 19 - Traveling Home

The start of a very sad day as we have to say our goodbyes to Chris, Manny and the gorgeous little Reilly. We start the day by all going out for breakfast then they drive us to the Airport where there is inevitably lots of tears. Its never easy…

Day 17 - Parkrun, Beach and a Special Meal

Last full day in New Zealand and its up bright and early again as me and Linda went and took on the Western Springs Parkrun again. Linda wasn’t up for pushing it and was quite happy to plod round again enjoying the beauty of the park. For…

Day 16 - Volcano walk and trip to the park

After yesterdays disappointment missing the ferry to Rangitoto we made sure we were up and at the ferry terminal in plenty of time today for the 10-30am crossing. The journey was only short but as soon as we got there it was clear this was a…

Day 15 - Back in Auckland & Trip to Waiheke

Day 15 starts with the lovely sound of Reilly laughing while eating his breakfast, something we've both missed while on the road. Out of all the amazing sights we have seen on this trip my favourite is Linda's face lighting up when she sets…

Day 14 - Penguins, Seals and Flying back North

Today was the last day of our road trip and we woke early for breakfast. The couple who owned the homestay we were in had asked us if we would like a tour of their house as it doubled up as an art gallery. We thought it would be best to be polite…

Day 13 - Weird & Wonderful South

The plan for the next 2 days was to go to Oamaru today then tomorrow spend the morning in Dunedin before getting our flight to Auckland. However Linda was reading some travel guides and it looked like Dunedin would be a better shout for today…

Day 12 - Milford Sound

Alarm goes off stupidly early this morning at 5-45am as we swapping the car for a coach and cruise trip to Milford Sound. The journey starts from the centre of Queenstown and heads off for 3 hours to Te Anau. Along the way the driver gives us…

Day 11 - Reflections Waves and Falls

Woke up this morning pulled back the curtains and there was welcomed by a blue sky, bright sun and a snow capped Mt Cook. Its like living a dream down here on this amazing holiday. The plan was to hit the road early but Linda thought it would…

Day 10 - Dolphins & Glaciers

Woke up this morning and went for the usual shower only when i came out Linda had gone. Was just wondering where when she came running back in shouting 'Dolphins'. I grabbed my camera and ran out the door with her to see several Dolphins jumping…

Day 9 - Swing Bridges & Pancake Rocks

The 9th day of our adventure and the half way point already. We are seeing so much but the time is just flying by. Today started with Bob at our accommodation cooking us bacon and eggs and us chatting for ages. A real interesting bloke who greeted…

Day 8 - Off down South

We woke up this morning to a wonderful surprise. Perfect blue skies and the sun was blazing as we looked out of our window and on to the stunning Lake Taupo with snow capped mountains in the distance. No riches on earth could have paid for this,…

Day 7 - Haka's & Geysers

Where to start today. This has been the best day so far (apart from time with little Reilly). Firstly we took a walk down the road to Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village built on the hot springs, lakes and geysers in Rotorua. Before the tour…

Day 6 - On the Road via Middle Earth

So today we hit the road and it was sad to say goodbye to Chris, Manni and the gorgeous little Reilly for 9 days but we will be back to see them again next week. Off we go into the city only things didnt quite go to plan with the car. Turns…

Day 5 - Lets go for a Swim

The days are flying by and we have already been here 4 days. Today was a really special moment for Linda as Manny had arranged for her to be in the pool for Reilly's swimming lesson. I dont think ive seen Linda look so happy and proud as they…

Day 4 - West Auckland day out

Day three on the other side of the world and we decided to head out on our own today. Little Reilly has had his routine turned upside down by us and it was starting to make him a bit grumpy so we thought it would be good to leave him and his…

Day 3 - Parkrun Tourism & Musuem

So what do you do at 8am in Auckland the day after travelling 25 hours on a plane? Thats right folks, run a Parkrun. We woke up to torrential rain but that didn't put us off and made our way down to Western Springs park in the centre of Auckland.…

Day 1 & 2 - Long Flight & Meeting Family

Finally its come around to our trip to New Zealand and for me its my first trip south of the equator. The journey begins at 8-30pm with a 7 hour flight from Manchester to Dubai which is a challenge for me as I'm not a very good flyer. But other…

New Zealand here we come

So thats work all done and now just 48 hours left until we start our journey to New Zealand on the trip of a lifetime. Our plans once we arrive in New Zealand on Friday morning (Thurs PM UK) are to spend 4 days with Linda's son Chris and his…
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5 Peaks Challenge (2nd attempt)

Saturday August 5th - 4 am - Horton (Penyghent Cafe) If I can recover from my current calf injury then this saturday i will be re-attempting the 5 peaks challenge. Would love it if some of you would get involved either by sponsoring me or joining…
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INFO: 5 Peaks walk

Saturday June 10th - 4 am - Horton (Penyghent Cafe) Please sponsor me for Pendleside Hospice http://virginmoneygiving.com/GD2017 Walk 01 (24 miles) Start with me at 4am in Horton. Do the traditional 3 peaks route leaving me at CP-04…
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GD2017 - February, Where has all the Love gone

This was the month I should have been kicking on with my running after a good recovery in January. But instead I found myself in a battle with my body and my head. The month started with the usual TAC training and then a trip to London for a…
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GD2017 - January, The Challenge Begins

The year and the challenge got off to a decent start despite me being a little unfit and still recovering from last years achilles and calf injuries. The 1st few runs were limited to the treadmill but it wasn't long before I was back out on…
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My 2017 Challenge for Pendleside Hospice

Well after a year off from fundraising I've decided I'm gonna try and do a bit more for the amazing Pendleside Hospice. So far in 4 years and 3 previous challenges I have raised a total of £2330 and my mission is to try and get that to £10,000…

Trawden 7 Trail

Let me start by saying, What a Fantastic Day!! The Trawden 7 Trail is Trawden AC's flagship event of the year and my business was also very proud to be helping with sponsorship by providing free buffs to all participants. I so nearly didn't…
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Ive Done It!!!! - Challenge Completed

Its taken 48 weeks but today i finally ran my 2015th Kilometre of the year in my challenge to raise money for the fantastic Pendleside Hospice. After last weeks disappointment of the flood cancelled Lancaster Half I managed to bag myself a last…

Minimum Fundraising Target Reached

Today Im proud to announce that my fundraising topped £1000 which was the minimum i set out to achieve. It makes everything I've put myself through this year totally worth it. Just like to thank everyone thats donated so far, you have inspired…
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2015km Challenge - March

This month got off to a great start with the Haweswater half marathon. A tough hilly run and yet again the weather was awful with wind,rain and hail plus a road that had become a river. Despite all that i ran it 10 mins quicker than last year…

Stephen Fry helps promote my Fundraising

A quick word with my celebrity mate Stephen Fry and this video is the result. Makes sure you all do as he says https://www.myfundraisingfilm.com/view/b0df0535-a7c3-4d71-af47-cdfdf7884a53?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialshare&…

2015km Challenge - February

This may be the shortest month but its been just as busy with a whopping 142km done this month. As well as the usual 3 runs a week I also did a great walk up in the lakes taking in Cathedral Cave. A truly stunning walk with great views and the…

2015km Challenge - January

The first month of the challenge comes to an end and its been a great start despite the 4 Villages race cancellation. A good half marathon to start and 3 runs a week throughout have seen me take a good chunk out of the 2015km total.
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London Marathon Entry Confirmed

Im officially in the London Marathon.  Pendleside Hospice have given me a Golden Bond place so I will be starting fundraising soon with a minimum target of £1000. Cannot wait. What a brilliant way to support them and also hit my personal challenge…
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2014-12-07 Lancaster 3-1-5 Half Marathon

Well what a day. Id been feeling confident lately of a PB and today I was right in the mood for it. It was freezing cold and very windy but I was up for this in a big way. It was a nice flat route and not many runners so easy to find my own…
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2014-07-13 Windmill Half Marathon

Well today didn't exactly go to plan. Up early and off to Lytham for the run and despite staying out until nearly 1am at a party I was confident of a good time today. It was November 2012 the last time I broke 2 hours for a half marathon and…
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29/06/2014 - Runfest Wales Marathon

So the best way to train for a marathon is to get plenty of miles under your belt, definitely do a couple of 20 mile runs and make sure you don't run injured.....Oooops!!! My last run of more than 7 miles was the Keswick Half Marathon at the…
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03/06/2014 - Coast to Coast Walk

A proper mix of emotions today as the Coast to Coast walk comes to an end. Immensely proud of myself for making it, incredibly lucky to have had the chance to see all the amazing things I've seen in the last 10 days and very sad that its all…
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19/12/2013 - 13in13 Challenge Completed

This is my final blog entry on my 13in13 challenge for Pendleside Hospice. Its quite sad really that its all over so I guess Ill just have to do another challenge to keep the fun going  All the runs are done and now the money that has been…
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12/08/2013 - The Yorkshire 3 Peaks

At the 4th attempt in just over a year I finally managed to do this in less than 10 hours, but what a challenge it was. The forecasters had predicted Heavy showers for most of the day with it brightening up mid afternoon but it didn’tbrighten…
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28/06/2013 - The Pendle Way

My biggest walking challenge to date is now in the bag. Yesterday I set of  from Barley on a 50 mile trek split into 2 days. The walk started on the car park at the Barley cabin and in reasonable weather. The route took me through Roughlee…
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