There is a mystical place, where age, size and times do not matter. As long as you want to get fitter and make friends, you can become a member. A pair of trainers and a sense of humour are the only membership requirements
We have all heard of the Couch 2 5k programme and for many it has been the catalyst to continuing health and fitness with many graduates going on to join local running clubs.
However, there was a bit of ‘gap’ in the clubs available in one area of Lancashire. The gap between beginners and intermediates. The gap was for those who were never going to be pushing for times, but wanted to continue what they started on C25K. They loved running, but didn’t feel fast enough for other clubs in the area. They wanted to dip in and out, and still enjoy the company of their new friends.
So here comes Neil……
Neil is a sound bloke. He doesn’t profess to be an athlete and he believes there is enough room for many different types of running clubs. He just happens to run one that was made for those in ‘the gap’. Neil’s group received a Chorley Council Award in 2019 for Services to Under Represented Groups. An accolade richly deserved given the amount of time and dedication required to make it work.
“I love supporting the less confident runners who wanted to give up because ‘they’re too slow’ or ‘not fast enough to keep up’, I have brought in new way of thinking and now they believe in themselves”
Many of the groups runners are capable of great distances, with members achieving both half and full marathons, but they still continue to attend Runfit, nuturing the friendships and passing on nuggets of advice. It is clear that the inclusion policy has formed bonds that ability cannot transcend.
They support each other at races, approaching events like a get together, with some exercise thrown in. There is an element of fun here which would be in no doubt after a few minutes in their facebook group. Many events are tackled in fancy dress , because even camaraderie can get dressed up. Meet up’s are often followed with some grub and a pint.
Neil is also fully aware of how much exercise can improve mental health as well as physical health. Completing a course to become a qualified Mental Health First Aider back in February, after Paul- another member of the group, passed in 2019. Not only did Paul complete this course, he also became a Guide Runner for the visually impaired. There are also Mental Health Champions in the group, whom all members can approach for a confidential chat. One of the those Mental Health Champion’s is Lucy, Neil’s Wife, Lucy brings another dimension to the inclusivity at the club. Lucy is their British Sign Language Interpretor.
It is obvious that this is far more to the members than getting a bit sweaty. There is a real sense of community spirit and lots of love and support.
During lockdown, the ‘in it together’ ethos has seen virtual team challenges, and the supporting of members on their lone runs. They are still finding ways to continue to nourish and encourage each other. And yes, they get a bit competitive. It’s all clean fun.
It won’t be long before small groups are permitted to run together again. Lots of people completed C25K on their own in Lockdown, and now need a place to go. Join the facebook group Runfit Chorley and get to know the lovely folk in there.
‘Nobody gets left behind’, is a policy underpinning many of the greatest moments in history. In a Lancashire market town of Chorley, it is written into every step the whole group takes. And all it takes, is that first step.
Run Fit- Running to be Together#
If you want to comment about the group- or have any questions for Neil- just pop a comment below.
I chose not to stage a pretty picture for this book review. I chose to show you how it is, in its true state.
Raw and a little unpolished in places, I fell in love with its simple message and the unapologetic delivery of some things we may not be ready to hear, let alone accept. There are no airs and graces, no desire to preach and no ulterior motive.
Written in 2015, it’s Author, lacked the confidence and money to pursue this self publishing dream. It is not easy to go against the grain in life, particularly when you may be ridiculed . Judith assures us that she did not write this book. It was dictated to her, by what some would refer to as ‘Spirits’ or ‘Angels’. Rather than bring you messages from beyond the grave, this book debunks many fast held beliefs including many religious ones. For it is given as a message about what we really are doing here on Earth.
If you believe this will be ‘airy fairy’ and something that tells you something comforting- you will be wrong. There are parts harder to swallow than a cactus, particularly when it questioning the readers actions and thought processes. Whilst holding them accountable in some way for where they are now.
This book does not hold your hand while you cross the road. It does not stand in the middle with a lollipop stick checking it is safe for you. It tells you the way it is and leaves you to DO something (hopefully) about it. You can be closed minded and cynical about many things in life, but I promise you that you will take something from this book.
This book will not tell you how to speak to dead people, predict the future or look for ‘signs’. It will shake you up and bollock you. It is penned to make you question your existence and that of everything around, whilst also providing information that can enrich us, if we get past the bullshit and focus on the real objectives.
It advises that the World we know is a million miles away from what was intended, and how greed and materialism, politics and hate will kill us all eventually if we do not turn the tide. However, it is not a doom and gloom novel. It is not casting us into damnation, merely asking us to re-asses our presence here and the mark we leave on both the Earth and minds of those who come into contact with us. It is greater than a nudge but just short of a push. It demands to be noticed. It commands you to listen, and to remove the blinkers.
This is a book about destiny and the fulfilment of a path pre-arranged for us. Deviation from the path will bring us knowledge, experience, pain and joy, but the end result will be the same. Our purpose here should be fulfilled, and you will be told what happens when it isn’t.
From the physical manifestation of mental pain, and fear and bitterness stunting our spiritual growth, if we deny or dismiss what is pre ordained we will be shown over and over until we finally and humbly learn.
It tells us why we have inexplicable bonds with some people, and how we sometimes ‘just know’ things, even when we are told it is ludicrous. It challenges us to accept that we are far more than a body, and that we have a lot to learn in terms of what actually happens to our ‘Soul’ when we ‘die’ on Earth.
There are many things within its pages that are even more relevant in today’s shitstorm. Natural disasters, plagues, greedy politicians and media control. It doesn’t make it any easier in parts to carry on reading, but something urges you on, willing you to finish, because it really is a revelation and an eye opener.
If you have ever questioned why you are here, and what your purpose is, then read something a little different from the mainstream. If a belief system that has been drilled into you, has never resonated, read this book.
Humble, beautiful, wrenching and enlightening. Its teachings will not leave you as they found you. And that is entirely its purpose. Click here to view- The True Meaning of Life- Judith Hindle
Kate Garraway, still, amongst others, waiting for a loved one to return from hospital. I have followed that horrible journey, hoping for the best for her and everyone else in the same position.
However, I cannot help but notice, that suddenly, the gutter press do not comment on what she is wearing, her hair, her makeup, her figure, who her previous sexual partners were or how sexy she looks…it’s almost as though…I dunno…..perhaps they KNOW it isn’t appropriate or relevant…Never was in the first place.
There is a part of me that feels i shouldn’t say this, that i should not use someone’s plight to make a very valid point, but that just goes to show how many of us are taught that we should keep our mouths shut, because it really is not becoming.
While there are still so many, that perceive our worth to be based on sexual attractiveness or availability, I despair for the future generations. I despair for my clever and witty Nieces, who despite being brought up in a home that values characteristics over appearance, will grow up in a vacuous World.
Fingers crossed Kate’s Husband comes home safe and well. Fingers crossed she isn’t judged entirely on her appearance when he does.
Big loves to her. Big loves to all of them
If a loved one wanted to apply for their licence to learn this year then you may have noticed that the DVLA suspended applications for Provisional Licences. Covid 19 meant that they reduced to only essential services. Only critical workers could apply for their licence to learn.
After trying for several weeks I finally managed to get Manchild 2’s licence applied for yesterday. However, you must bear in mind that if the DVLA become overwhelmed again at any point, this is one of the first services they will drop. I really wanted to be able to give my Son his Provisional and a block booking of lessons for his 17th Birthday, so if you want to do this for someone as gift it is probably wise to apply while you can.
The live link DVLA Apply for Provisional Licence
It costs £34. You can apply for your licence from 15 years and 9 months old, as you are able to learn to ride a scooter from 16.
I have spoken to our preferred choice of instructor and he believes they will be up and running again at the end of July. You cannot book a lesson until you have a provisional. Some instructors have waiting lists. Our plan now is for Manchild 2 to study for his theory test in the meantime, which, while he is off college, is great to occupy him. Theory tests must be passed before the practical examination can be taken.
Theory tests are still currently suspended,but things are changing rapidly. If you are classed as a critical worker you can still apply to sit your theory test. For everyone else, if you have your provisional you can be ready to book a theory test as soon as possible once they re-open to everyone.
If you purchase any educational resources make sure they are up to date. We got the following for Manchild 2: Click the pink writing to view.
Traffic Signs Book
Theory Test Handbook
There are also some online mock tests you can take for hazard perception, so we will be using those.
Remember that you cannot take a member of your household out for driving lessons yourself unless they have a provisional licence, are correctly insured, and your car is sporting an L Plate.
Learning to drive opens far more opportunities to you, so please do not feel that you have missed the boat if you are no longer the fresh faced 17 year old. A good instructor will put you at ease.
Sometimes, we are hungry, we know we want something, but we don’t know what we want. So we dither in the cupboards, umming and ahhing, irritiating others with our huffs and puffs. Somehow under the illusion that when we open the cupboard for the 18th time, something will have magically appeared, or inspiration will sucker punch us.
It is often said at these times, that you are simply thirsty. So ideally, get a glass of water down you and see if that tides you over.
During pregnancy, I was told that the things you craved were the things you and the baby needed for the nutrients that you were lacking. It was in fact, perfectly natural for the ‘crave levels’ to be quite extreme. Given there were 2 or more of you wanting those nutrients now, causing more deficiencies and more need.
Recently, I was having a chat with Manchild 2, about nutrition and satiety. He seems focussed on calorie intake right now, and whilst I agree its a good marker, the ‘make-up’ of those calories is also important. Using the information on the white and brown bread we had at home, I showed him how they were very much on a par calorie wise, but wholemeal bread was more filling because of the fibre content. We talked about how less of its carbohydrates converted to sugar, making it a wiser choice for anyone that is more backed up than my hairdressers waiting list, or anyone wanting to shift bit of timber.
As with anything, I tend to rather over explain these things to my Son, which I am sure is an irritant. However, I have noticed that he makes judgements based on far more than calories now, and makes wiser choices. Parenting means providing your child with tools for life. This is one of them.
So, I finally get to my point. Today, my Hay fever is horrendous. I am craving soup. Its frigging boiling out there, i don’t want to stand over a stove, but I want Ghostbusters Soup- Recipe Here
So i flicks over to my Ghostbuster Soup recipe I posted a few weeks ago. And that was also a high hay fever day. My little brain starts to crunch information. IS there something in that soup, that my body is craving, because of hay fever?
Is that even possible?
So, I made the soup, and whilst it cooled a little, I looked into the ingredients and their properties for the first time. I am pretty impressed with my internal Doctor!
This soup contains,
Peas– A great source of Beta Carotine. Our bodies convert this into Vitamin A. Vitamin A soothes the mucous membranes preventing irritation and boosts the immune system.
Coconut Milk– A well researched Anti Inflammatory, with lots of Medium Chain Tryglycerides and a dairy free alternative. ( Dairy is believed to cause more mucus production)
Mint– Soothes congestion and blocked sinus.
Hot Liquid– Helps with decongestion. Encouraging the nose or eyes to ‘run’ more flushes out any pollen there.
So, not only do I get to eat this fit soup. It may actually be medicinal!
So perhaps, when we crave something, we should try to understand that the body is telling us what it needs. It is possible, that we get those signals,and interpret them into a meal that we ‘know’, and not always a healthy option! Maybe we should be thinking on a deeper level, working out what the meal we crave contains nutritionally, and then finding something to eat that contains that.
And maybe, when we are doing the fridge and cupboard hunt, and the huffing and puffing, we simply have not learned to tune in to what our body is telling us. But- cravings and grazing urges may be an entirely different thing.
For me personally, I am now intrigued by this, and given that a curious mind must pursue some answers, I have contacted a local Integrative Health Specialist. We will be coming back to you with something more substantial than my brain shooting off on mad tangents. Plus, they have letters after their name, which I don’t, so that makes them far more qualified than me.
Have i just imagined the whole thing? Or could it be time to listen to the internal Doctor? Wine and Cheese? Yes. I will have 2 prescriptions please.
Do any of you get any strange cravings?