Welwyn Garden City half marathon

Most people haven’t heard of Welwyn Garden City. It’s where I live with my hubby and baby, a leafy “new town” in Hertfordshire. It hasn’t got any decent pubs, nor many decent restaurants or a cinema – but it’s nice enough, it’s surrounded by countryside, it’s an easy commute into London and property prices are […]

Why I nearly needed an operation after a trip to CycleSurgery

As regular readers will know, I recently bought a bike through the cycle-to-work scheme, offered by my company. I’d identified the one I wanted – a Specialized Vita Elite – at an little independent shop near home, but they didn’t have it in stock and weren’t prepared to get it in unless I would guarantee […]

New wheels: my Specialized Vita Elite

I think I was still recovering from severe windburn sustained during the Newcastle-Edinburgh jaunt, so I never got around to posting a pic of my new bike: a Specialized Vita Elite, which is a sporty little hybrid with flat bars. It can cope with mudguards, rack and panniers; and is actually a more comfortable touring […]

Newcastle-Edinburgh bike ride

After the Reading Half Marathon, I moved into cycle training mode, bought a new touring bike (another post on that later) in order to ride – unsupported – from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Sustrans Route 1, “Coast and Castles”) over three days with a bunch of mates. Here we all are at the start of the […]

Back from hibernation

  It’s been a while, dear readers (in the unlikely event that there are any still around). I left you in March, woefully underprepared for the Reading Half Marathon. Yet I made it round the familiar course though – in an almost respectable time of 2:06, a minute under my first half marathon time ten […]

Holiday highlights from Sicily

It already feels like a long time ago that Phil and I came back from a wonderful two weeks in Sicily. I’d never been to the island before, but was assured by everyone that had that I would enjoy it immensely. Largely because of the food. And they weren’t wrong. We spent the first week […]

Shopping by bike

I decided enough was enough yesterday, I needed to remind the muscles in my legs what they were there for. So I dusted off my bike – I know, I know, it hasn’t been used since the Barmouth-Yarmouth ride at Easter – and wobbled off over to the other side of Reading. There was an […]

Barmouth-Yarmouth bike ride (Norwich-Great Yarmouth)

And the end was in sight… Route: Out of Norwich on minor roads through Little Plumstead and Panxworth; then onto the noisy A47 at Acle and into Great Yarmouth for a paddle. 23 miles Fuel: A more filling, if lukewarm, Travelodge breakfast – bowl of muesli, scrambled eggs and beans on toast. Celebratory fish and […]

Barmouth-Yarmouth bike ride (Peterborough-Norwich)

Another crap night’s sleep, but a much heartier breakfast at the Peterborough Alwalton Premier Inn set us up nicely for the next leg of our adventure. Route: Out of Peterborough on the A605 to Whittlesea; a wiggle down minor roads (and a peculiar cycle path that took us randomly around a field on bone-shaking rocky, […]

Barmouth-Yarmouth bike ride (Stoke-Peterborough)

After an average night’s sleep in the Stoke Talke Travelodge – not so much a symptom of a lumpy bed as the start of a sore throat – we were off on day two…and it was a biggie. Route: A lengthy crossing of Stoke from the north-west out south-east to Uttoxeter; minor roads through Tutbury, […]