Watch out…. Proud Rugby Mum About!!

So the last official game of Jack’s ‘summer rugby’ season today. Yes I know the summer finished months ago but it’s never gone to plan since it started. When they first came up with this ridiculous Summer Rugby idea I imagined lounging by the touch-line basking in glorious sunshine – how wrong can you be. Today we shivered, the wind howled, the sleet tried to fall and my fingers froze to my camera – It was real ‘Brass Monkey’ weather and how the kids kept hold of the ball I’ll never know.On the plus side however, we won and won easily. Today was, on paper, the toughest game so far. Granted the league title is in the bag but we haven’t lost a single game. Today’s opponents had the chance to end our unbeaten run – they failed and it wasn’t for lack of trying.

Yes, today I would have stood in six-foot of snow to watch the quality of rugby on display -which considering they’re only U12’s (nearly 13’s) is pretty impressive. So what now – well there’s the Yorkshire cup competition to come and then we really are going to celebrate all that they’ve achieved this year – big style. Anyone out there want to sponsor a fantastic Rugby League Team for next season please let me know……

Well Done Crigglestone All Blacks U12’s Rugby League team

Unbeaten Champions of Division One

Bring it on


Pre Race Preparation

So thanks to Janathon, another running first for me. Running the day before a race., something I’ve never considered before. I’ve been round Harrods the day before a race I’ve even cooked pie n peas for 40 people the night before a race (fundraisng for rugby) but Ive never run. Still needs must if I’m to stick to my goal of running every day in January. So out I went, and so short was the run I felt like I was back before I’d  set off. Run done, it was pre- race prep time.

In all honesty I don’t know why I enter races, I only enjoy them once I’ve finished. Before every race I say never again, only to find myself posting another entry form once I get back. Then there’s the pre-race rituals. The same meal the night before (lasgane), same breakfast (weetabix) or the race won’t go to plan. Then there’s the lucky clothing, mass panic this afternoon when I couldn’t find my lucky running pants, panic over now!! So providing the couple of sneezes I’ve done don’t turn into pneumonia, I’m sure all will be fine when I line up for the Brass Monkey at 10:00am tomorrow.

1.34 miles in 10 mins and 52 secs , nice warm up for tomorrows half marathon.

Janathon day 22

Bring it on!

The Beasts of Heath

So just a week to go to the Brass Monkey Half Marathon and the brass monkey weather has well and truly arrived. If it was cold when we set off, it was even colder once we got going. Normally no matter how cold it is I’m usually down to short sleeves in no time, I hate running in loads of layers, but recent mild weather must of made me soft cos my long sleves were going nowhere. Thankfully with my mate to chat to we soon forgot the cold and took in the sights and sounds our 11 mile route had to offer.

You don’t have to go far from where I live to find a few more rural/countryish routes to run. These make for great traffic free running but do have their downfalls, namely roaming(ish) animals. Its fair to say when it comes to country animals my running partner is not a fan, get her near a field of cows and she’s a quivering wreck!! So when we encountered the horses I reasured her they were tied up and we’d be fine.That is until we met with one lonely horse all on its todd at the bottom of a path and for the second time in a week we found ourselves running screaming from a horse (a tied up one).

Today was obviously the day for getting chased by snarling beasts(slight exaggeration, but it makes for a better blog). Prior to the horse situation we found ourselves getting chased by a rather angry looking dog. We met quite a few dogs today and commented on the different expressions they have, happy, daft, cute to the downright miserable. This one was downright evil and we would have been in fear of our lives if it had of been any bigger. No honestly, Yorkshire terriers are really really evil.

So a very enjoyable 11.1 miles in a time of 1 hour 49 mins and 32 secs. Day 15 done. 77 miles run so far.

Janathon Day 16

Bring it on



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