Super Sunday

So today was more about watching sport than actually doing any. Yep the world’s longest junior rugby league season in history continued (it started last March and is still going on) , not that I’m complaining, I love rugby, but I think this ‘ Summer rugby’ needs renaming ‘All year rugby’, then at least we know what to expect. Today was Yorkshire Cup semi – final day and what a day it was. They won, and won in style, the opposition turned up assuming they already had the game won – how wrong they were. So the U16′ final beckons , and I for one can’t wait. Having been there twice before with a different team, this time, win, lose or draw, I will actually get to enjoy it.
With the rugby and uploading the match photos to Facebook taking up more of the day than I intended Janathon ended up being a quick mile and a quarter walk, had it not been for Janathon I probably wouldn’t have bothered but something is better than nothing – maybe!!!!
Another ‘proud mum’ moment
Back on the bike tomorrow
Bring it on.


The Twists and Turns of Janathon Day 8!


So after a successful physio session, I now know exactly what I can and can’t do with my ‘on the mend knee’, low impact is fine, try not to exercise every day (whoops!)  no running, no over doing the weights and no twisting round on one leg (like I’d do that at my age…..) I remembered for all of almost 24 hours. It’s the kids fault – during P.E, whilst demonstrating how to pivot in netball, I remembered I shouldn’t,so I asked the kids to not let me get carried away when we started playing the game (I tend to forget I’m meant to be ref!!). Did they remind me….Well they are only kids, I can’t really put my knee in their hands, though having seen some of the catching skills I’m not that sure I want to!!!!  Still all in all, despite the icy wind howling across the playground, it was a good lesson – my team won!!! (only joking!)

40 minutes of netball (counting it as a rest day 😉 )

swimming in the morning

Bring it on

………..and relax!!!

So finally I’ve sat down – how did that happen. Where did the day go and what happened to my best laid plans.
Well for a start there was no way I was going to do the planned run home from Jacks rugby game, the various 30 day challenges meant I awoke with someone else’s legs. Great rugby game though, and I got to play with my new camera lens. I’m impressed!
We didn’t get home till early afternoon, I would like to say I then hung my washing out, alas my washer is back to having senior moments and turned itself off mid cycle. Joy!! Just what you want when you’ve another mud mountain to get rid off – thank god I don’t do the kit anymore. Jack’s stuff was bad enough.
So, in between reminding the washing machine what it was doing, cleaning the car (mud) bathroom (mud) and kitchen – yep you’ve guessed it – mud. I shopped, made the tea, packed lunches, edited the rugby photos and finally sneaked in a jog round the block before completing 65 sit-ups, 85 crunches 42 leg lifts, 55 seconds of planking and seven ( I’m pants at push-ups) push-ups. Time for a martini me thinks. Roll on work tomorrow I need a rest!!!

The Year of the Blog……


What a day…..

I think I’ve done quite a lot in the last year -I’ll give a full run down tomorrow. But in a nutshell, despite everything that’s come my way I’ve still made it to the end of the year smiling and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve done. I never thought at the beginning of 2012 that by the end of the year I would be cycling daily – the Olympics has a lot to answer for. But then again I didn’t expect to be dancing on the playground trying to break a world record (Olympics again) or Running ridiculous amounts of laps of the school field (sport relief) and then there was the cricket,Jack’s rugby (Yorkshire Champion again)  oh and a little race in the Olympic Stadium – what a day. So you can have my full review tomorrow.

In the meantime I hope I haven’t bored you all too much and that you have enjoyed some of my ramblings and rants – have a great new year see you in 2013.

What a year

Here come’s 2013

Bring it on


Just a quick blog as its been a long day and I’m sat here streaming with the beginnings of a cold. But the good news is Jack and his team mates have won the Yorkshire Cup for the second season in a row. I’m one proud mum .
Well done Jack
You were awesome today
Bring it on


A break in Play………….

Well they did have a long wait……

Today was possibly one of the longest Junior Rugby league games ever. Not what you want when your in agony – standing at the side of a less than warm pitch for the best part of 2 hours – in fact it was probably more than 2 hours. So much for timing my painkillers to last me until we got back. Mind you I’m glad I didn’t stick the sausage casserole in before we left- as planned. I think the house would of been on fire.

The cause of the delay – well mainly an indecisive ref. We were 34 -4 points up when one of the opposition players broke his ankle and an ambulance had to be called. So did he abandon the game- no, he couldn’t because we were slightly short of playing 75% of the game- like the other team were going to score 30+ points in the time that was left!  We could replay at a later date or wait for the ambulance. So we waited and waited   and finally the ambulance arrived. By this time everyone had lost the will to live, the other team had swapped a few of their subs for different ones, in the hope of scoring a few points, and the ref was pretending not to notice that some of the subs were 2 foot taller and had a six o clock shadow (slight exaggeration but you get the idea) So Crigg did their usual -stuck another 20 points past them and sailed through to the semi-finals.

Shame about the broken bones though – 1 broken ankle for them and a broken wrist for us, hope both players recover quickly – what is it going to be like when they get older!!!

Another win in the bag

Semi finals next week

Bring it on

An Hour Gained……………..Maybe Not!

Lost Eskimo

The ref was rubbish at Hide n Seek……

It’s all well and good the clocks going back and getting an extra hour in bed -if you sleep. If you don’t it’s a long day. Typically today I woke up earlier than usual and gained no benefit from the extra hour- still at least the stew was in the slow cooker long before we headed to rugby. Yep the second round of the cup was upon us and with tougher opposition to play would we make it through…..

Well we did but the way lads started you’d have thought we’d lost an hour not gained one. Still it all came good in the end and we’re in the draw for the quarter finals. The only downside is our calm and collected coach is heading to the other side of the world for a few weeks and he’s left the not so calm psycho lunatic coach in charge . The last time he dared leave us he’d only just boarded the plane when psycho lunatic had threatened to break the ref’s legs and had to be dragged off the pitch kicking and screaming (for once I’m not exaggerating!) – it’s going to be a long month.

Through to the next round and the stew was delicious

No work tomorrow

Bring it on

Busy Weekend When the Fun Never Ends……………….

Well I fared slightly better than Hubby and have had a relatively hangover free day today, maybe having to be home before the clock struck twelve and the babysitters turned into pumpkins helped. It’s a good job really because one more drink and I would have been out for the duration- not good for a nearly non-drinker!

So time for a catch-up on yesterday before going on to today. It was an early start as the online race entry for January’s Brass Monkey half marathon opened at 7a.m. So 6:30 saw me glued to the laptop frantically pressing the refresh button just incase the lines opened early, but no it was 7 before it opened -thats when things started to go wrong. My name is Dawn, it’s been Dawn all my life but the online entry was having none of it ‘we cannot verify your name’ it kept telling me. More frantic refreshing, then it decided I don’t belong to a running club – I do. I might not go very often but I am definitely a member. So now I’m a non-club runner called Mavis- but hey at least I’m in!!

With online entry done it was time to finally get my running shoes on – a whole 3 miles my physio said. I managed it pain-free until I stood on my front step – twang! Thankfully the pain was pretty short-lived and I’m hoping for more of the same tomorrow. The comeback is on! Not a bad time either to say I haven’t run for 4 weeks.Running out of the way it was time to head off for Jacks rugby game – the 1st round of the BARLA Cup which they won last year. They couldn’t have got off to a better start 74-0 against the team they beat 24 – 0 last week, I nearly ran out of room on the score sheet. Fairplay to the opposition they never gave up and I can’t believe how sad their coach was refusing to hand out a Man of The Match award because they were rubbish – his words. Real positive coaching that!!

Afternoon time saw me cycling along the local canal, weir and marshland 12.7 miles of amazing views, mud and mega deep puddles – bliss! Though my thigh muscles don’t think so today -bit sore. A very busy day finished with a great night out, great food with great friends.

Time for rest and recovery today……maybe not, we headed up to Crigg to watch some of our other teams in action, we started with glorious sunshine and finished in the thickest of fog. Maybe it was fog that brought the loonies out in force – rugby is well-known for a bit of argy bargy, even full on fisticuffs – but leaving your teeth imprints on someones cheek is a new one on me. To add to the fun the ref sin sinned the bitten one and left the biter on the pitch. Carnage and chaos reigned. The ref didn’t know who he’d sin-binned, sent off or how long they’d been on, off or whether they could come back on or not…. Still at least we won!

A great weekend doing all the things we love best

Running and cycling tomorrow

Bring it on



Rugby Rules………………..

When I first started this blog I had two on the go one for running and stuff and one for Junior Rugby, somewhere along the line the two merged. I’m not sure why, probably because I just don’t have the time to do two and to be honest sometimes running and rugby cross over and often one stops the other from happening. Today was one of those days.

I would have loved to have run before or even after rugby  – the weather was perfect. However there was no team manager today and as it used to be my job it kind of fell to me to sort stuff out. It’s not like there’s loads to do but more at home game than away so the running got pushed back,by the time I’d hoovered up the clubhouse and headed home it was gone one, then there was the kit and water bottles to sort and wash (which I do every week anyway) that took me to two o’clock and I’d still my own housework to do – oh well, run abandoned for today at least.

Still the rugby was worth missing a run for, the behaviour of the opposing parents and coach wasn’t. Somewhere along the line our parents have sprouted wings and halo’s, as nowadays, at the side of some teams we seem to be positively angelic – which is pretty hard to imagine after going’s on in recent years (I’ll fill you in another time).  So while they ranted and raved and used every four word expletive going – and that was just the mums! Our lads got on and played a great game of rugby. Shame it descended into fisticuffs at the end (yes they are only 12) but by that point the ref (also a  young lad) had lost control of the game, gave in to the  crowd and changed a few decisions – hence the punch up! On the plus side we won the punch -up as well as the game.

So that’s it, Crigg All Blacks U12’s are Division 1 Champions- with 3 games still to play(maybe!), as well as Junior Challenge Cup, Wakefield Cup and Yorkshire Cup winners – not a bad first competitive season – hopefully the play-off situation will be sorted shortly and then the celebrations can begin – pop and crisps all round!!!

I was well chuffed for Jack today, he played a great game but I didn’t get my usual ‘Did I play well Mum?’ when he left the pitch. Not today. Today I got    ‘Did you see me twat that kid in the fight mum?’

Somebody remind me why I let my little angel play rugby……………………

Suffering from ‘proud mum syndrome’ for the rugby not the fight – or maybe both!

Back on the bike tomorrow

Bring it on




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