Run for Christchurch this weekend

I’ve dusted off my trainers in readiness for this weekend’s Run For Christchurch Virtual 5K. This event was dreamed up by five Kiwi bloggers in aid of the New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake fund. Oodles of people around the world will all be running/walking/whatevering five kilometres to help the people of Christchurch in the… [Read More]


I spent the weekend in Barcelona, Spain, running a marathon. Yes, number 32 is now in the books! The weather was perfect and the race course was scenic and beautiful and I felt like I really knew this city, a place I had never been to until last December. Shauna and I have a “Barcelona… [Read More]

£35 offer extended to 14 March

Where the heck did February go!? Please tell me that I am not the only one who forgot that it lasts just 28 days?* Since the month ended quicker than this calendar-challenged lass had thought, we’ve extended the special Earlybird rate of £35 for the 5K Beginners Course to Monday 14 March (normal price £49)…. [Read More]

Building self esteem with sports

My 7 year old son Evan has been going to an after school  gym class twice a week for the last four years. It’s a really great program because through specific exercises and exposure to different sports it teaches children all types of movement. Last year they tried Rugby, Diving, Swimming, Fencing, Basketball and Athletics…. [Read More]

A simple photograph

I don’t have a lot of artwork or paintings hanging on my walls at home, but I do have many photographs. Photos just seem to stir up more emotion for me than a painting. I just love looking at at them and feeling the joy , the pride, the happiness or the nostalgia that each… [Read More]

Your 5K Course questions answered

We’ve had some further questions about the 21 March 5K Beginners Course and thought we’d share the answers on the blog. If your question isn’t covered here or on the FAQ page, please drop us a line at or get in touch on Facebook – we’re here to help! Am I too unfit and/or… [Read More]

We have lift-off!

Hooray, the big day is finally here! Today Up & Running is officially up and running. Registration is now open for our first course, the 5K Beginners Course. The 5K Beginners Course starts on Monday 21 March. We’ve created a fantastic 8-week training programme for you, with helpful videos and blog posts, inspiring stories from… [Read More]

2011 Word of the Year

I’ve been choosing a “Word of the Year” for the past six years now. I think about what I want the theme for the year to be and how I want to imagine myself in the days to come. I print it out and frame it. I place it in a spot in my house… [Read More]

Welcome to the blog

Happy new year from myself and Julia! We’re busy putting the finishing touches on our website and our 5K course. This blog is the place to go for Up & Running news as well as general running chat and poignant missives on life and the universe. Maybe some poetry or saucy jokes. Who knows how… [Read More]