Marlborough Tiny Temple Race Report

Last week, as the Husband and I drove through our future home-town of Marlborough, we noticed a banner on some railings advertising a trail half-marathon – the Temple Trail Half Marathon. I’m very definitely not in half-marathon shape but I saw when googling that there was also a 5-miler, named the Tiny Temple.  I could…

Trails in Motion 2017

Last night, the Husband and I took advantage of Grandparent babysitters and drove an hour south to Wimborne, a little town in Dorset, where the Trails in Motion Film Festival was being shown. This collection of films has been an annual highlight of mine for several years now; we went in 2014, 2015 and 2016….

Well, that was humbling!

If you know a British person in real life, you will know that 90% of conversations will start with a comment about the weather. Partly it’s small-talk, partly it’s an opening gambit to build the conversation on and partly it’s a genuine national obsession with the weather. The weather has been one of the biggest…

It’s time to get stuck in!

So I did some playing around with the blog this week in case you didn’t notice 🙂 I changed the name, I changed the design, I changed the layout. I didn’t change the URL but if I decide I like the changes, I may well do that at some point. Thanks to my Crazy Cat…

My first week as a proper British runner

Hurrah…an actual running post! It has been a fantastic first week as a runner in the UK! The weather has been amazing and the whole thing was just so much fun. Honeymoon phase, I love you! Last Saturday, just a few days after landing, we headed to nearby Andover in the morning to do parkrun….

Home…kind of

It’s hard to believe it, but this is still a running blog at heart, despite it being more like a travel blog for the past few months! So my plan is to do a quick life-update here and then, on Monday, to hopefully start talking more about running and less about me/my family etc. I’ve…

Iceland

Oh Iceland. We loved you SO much. This is a really long blog post, so settle down with a cup of tea. I realise that Iceland is the destination du jour. Everyone’s going, everyone’s loving it. I hate to be some kind of travel clich but frankly, I don’t care. Iceland was and is amazing…

Race Report: Reykjavik Marathon 10k

What? A running post? Anyone would think this was a running blog!! I’ve wanted to come to Iceland for so long, due in part to childhood exposure to the Eurovision Song Contest. Yet it seems that everyone is coming to Iceland this year. It’s all over social media. Some new budget airlines have opened up…

Montreal

When we were booking our summer trip, the original plan was to fly from the USA directly back to the UK. But then the Husband found some bargainous flights which went from NYC to Montreal to Reykjavik to the UK for hardly any extra money. He casually asked if I fancied doing this. I almost…

New York City

We arrived in NYC on Friday afternoon. We rented a studio apartment in the Upper East Side at 1st and 76th. It was almost perfect – a decent size (by NYC standards), had everything we needed and the location was great. The Husband and I have been to New York several times before – we’ve…

New York: Upstate

The final state of this summer’s US road-trip was New York. New York is an enormous state, so much bigger than we had expected, with huge variety in terrain. From the Adirondack mountains in the North-East and the flat lands of the North-West to the hustle and bustle of New York City, there is a…

Vermont

Vermont has to be one of the most beautiful states we’ve been to yet. Known as the Green Mountain State, it wholeheartedly lives up to its nickname. The entire state seems covered by rolling hills and mountains covered with lush, thick forest. The trees are a hundred shades of green, shining against the blue sky….