Monthly Archives: October 2015


I’ve never really been much of a runner, I have tried but found it hard to push myself, giving up the moment it became to hard to breath or at the first sign of a stitch. I had come to the conclusion that running was not for me.
That was until I joined the Red Kite Runners after their page came up on my Facebook wall. I joined their couch to 5k course to ease myself into it. I started off quite well, running at the front of the group for the first few runs and then after 2 weeks of awful virus, I found myself at the back of the pack.
Week 6 and race day arrived, the thought of running 5k was daunting although we had run the course a couple of times by now I was still walking some of it. But I made myself a running playlist and dug deep, finishing the course in around 37 mins with absolutely no walking!!


I’m now on week 11 I think and although I still hang around near the back of the pack I am managing longer distances and pushing myself every session. Last session I ran 4.25 miles non stop. It may not sound a lot to some people but to me it’s a big achievement. I’m off running again tonight so I will let you know how I get on.

Me and my running buddy Kristine with our flashing ankle lights.


Hello again. You may have heard the news back in April about the massive earthquake that hit Nepal causing some major damage and loss of life across the whole country. As a group me and the other trekkers were pretty devastated for the people of Nepal and the families of those who lost their lives and livelihood ( a high percentage of Nepal’s GDP is from tourism).

After the earthquakes the foreign office (F.O) issued warnings against all but essential travel to the whole of Nepal, this was understandable and concerning and it put all our fundraising efforts on hold as we did not know if we would be able to travel in November. In July we were still waiting for the all clear from the F.O and as a group we came to the decision to postpone our trek until May 2016 to allow time for the trails to reopen and fundraising to be done. So here we are in October and the F.O have finally given the all clear on travel to almost all of Nepal, which means it’s time to get serious both with fundraising and training.

About 8 weeks ago I joined a local running club and after 6 weeks (4 if you don’t count the 2 weeks I was poorly) I ran my first ever 5k, I ran the whole way!! Running has been great for improving my cardio fitness and I have noticed a big difference on the hills.

If you would like to support a good cause, all the money we raise is going to St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. You can Donate on my Just giving page.

Here’s a few photos of the walks I’ve been doing over the last 12 months.

Starred Photos