Hi Welcome to my blog.

I had intended it to be a blow by blow account of return or otherwise to running fitness. However life is very busy. So what you will find is quite a detailed account of my rehab and then the blog becomes more sporadic. It is now up to date as of October 2014 with my return to running following some walk run sessions in August that I have detailed.

I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in February 2011, at the age of 47, and advised to stop running, I had meant to start a blog at this point, as I went on the internet to see what advice might be on the world wide web and there was little. Most advice I found was don’t do it, although it was not obvious that many runners were contributing to the debate. I intended to chart my progress as a runner facing the problem of arthritis but failed to do so.  By charting my recovery and hopefully my return to running and am now rectifying this failure and hopefully will provide useful info to runners facing or dealing with similar issues.  

Boxing Day Club Run gallery

Courtesy of Roger Newman


No country for old men

Still life in the old dog..and the Labs running quite well!

Rob trying to ensure his ankles aren't nipped

Mel celebrating getting to the end

Mels Christmas glasses can't hide her disappointment at the state of her shoes


possibly she is about to start dancing "Gangnam Style"

Happy Christmas everyone


James Brewer is again organising a Boxing Day fun run at Cheltenham Racecourse in aid of Winston's Wish

The website is www.boxingdaychallenge.com 


Many thanks to dave Wood who has put together this events diary  for January to March 2013, not quite the words of Pete Tong but race after race after race... some crackers here , Riverbank Rollick is a great mudder with fantastic cakes afterwards, doing the Mayhill Massacre means you can take the weekend off to marshal the Dozen, and in my experience any race organsied by Hogweeds it worth having a look at. Read, run and enjoy :-)  

January 1st 2013:, 

18th Annual New Years Day 5 mile ROAD race – Severn AC

Tuesday 11-30am – The Pilot Inn Hardwicke (Affiliated £4/ Unaffiliated £6 - EOD with surcharge)

January 13th 2013:

Beat The Bore – 10k MULTI TERRAIN race – Cotswold Allrunners/I Am Outdoors

Sunday (Time TBC)  – The Anchor Inn, Epney (EOD with surcharge)

Naunton 19 – 19 mile TRAIL race (with 1450 feet of ascent/descent – Cotswold Running

Sunday 09-30am – Naunton Village Hall, Naunton, Gloucestershire

£20(UKA/TRA affiliated) and £22(unaffiliated) pre entry only - closing date 6/01/13


January 20th 2013:

Gloucester Marathon - ROAD (multi lap) – Beyond The Limitations

Sunday 10-30am - Severn Vale Sports Centre, Quedgeley

£30 (UKA affiliated) and £32 (unaffiliated) - pre entry only if 600 limit reached by 12/01/12.

(Also Gloucester 50 k ROAD – same venue and start)

Riverbank Rollick – 9 miles MULTI TERRAIN – Thornbury Running Club

Sunday 11-00am – Thornbury (Affiliated £7-50/ Unaffiliated £9-50, EOD with £1-50 surcharge)

Good, muddy, popular


January 27th 2013

Slaughterford 9  – 9 miles MULTI TERRAIN – Chippenham Harriers Running Club

Sunday 09-50am – Rudloe, Near Corsham, Wilts  (Affiliated £8-00/Unaffiliated £10-00 – NO EOD)

350 entry limit always reached, popular event.

January 27th 2013

Linda Franks Memorial 5 mile ROAD Race – Almost Athletes Running Club

Sunday 09-00am – The Reddings, Hatherley, Cheltenham

All details TBC

Lliswerry  8 – ROAD Race – Lliswerry Road Runners

Sunday 11-30am – Newport (Entry details TBC)

Fast flat course


February 3rd 2013:

May Hill Massacre - 9 miles MULTI TERRAIN – Black Sheep Sports

Sunday 11-00am – Huntley, Forest of Dean.   £15 on line entry – closing date 24/01/13, EOD if entry limit NOT reached.

Popular, hard, hilly and muddy


February 16th 2013:

18th Annual Winter 5 mile ROAD race – Severn AC

Saturday 3-00pm – The White Horse Inn, Sandhurst, Gloucester

Entry Costs TBC


February 24th 2013:

High Bridge Jewellers 10k – ROAD Race – Bourton Road Running Club

Sunday 10-30am – Bourton on the Water (On line entries open 1/12/2012)

Fast, Flat, Hugely popular, 600 entry limit. THIS RACE WILL BE FULL within days

Easy Runner Tough 10 – MULTI TERRAIN 10 miles – Weston AC

Sunday 11-00am – Weston Super Mare  (Affiliated £14-00/ Unaffiliated £16-00 – NO EOD)

 NO EOD. On line & postal entries close 15/02/13 – Road shoes will suffice.


March 3rd 2013:

Hogweed Hilly Half - ROAD – Hogweed Trotters Running Club

Sunday 10-30am – HORTON Village (Entry Prices & Dates TBC) – Hard & Hilly



March 17th 2013:

Minchinhampton 10k ROAD Race – Cotswold Allrunners

Sunday 11-00am – (Affiliated £13/ Unaffiliated £15 - pre entry prices)


March 24th 2013:

Forest of Dean Spring Trails ½ Marathon – TRAIL – Forest of Dean Events/Rotary Club

Sunday  (Affiliated £18/ Unaffiliated £20 - pre entry prices. Entries close 20/02/13)

On top of this fine selection of events  it’s worth remembering that there is still the Gloucestershire AAA cross country championships on 5/01/2013, the fourth and final race of the season at Plock Court on 2/02/13;The Gwent Cross Country League races 4 & 5 in February and March, The Thursday evening Weston Prom 5 mile ROAD series races 5 (17/01/2013), 6 (21/02/2013), 7 (21/03/2013), 8 (18/04/2013) & 9 (16/05/2013) and the Bristol & West AC Pomphrey 5K ROAD race series formerly Bridge Inn series Tuesday evening races 4 (29/01/2013) & 5 (26/02/2013).

 Horton Bull Run

10k cross country

Date - 20th October 2013

Time - 10.30am

Venue - Horton Village Hall, Horton Hill, BS37 6Q

Please see website for more information. 



Horton Bull Run 2012

After the excitement of the Stroud Half October’s racing for Dursley Running Club ended with the Horton Winter Bull Run on Sunday the 28th.  The multi-terrain race covers 6 mile starting from Horton Village Hall. Dave Wood was sole Dursley entry on a cold, mostly dry morning, but conditions were very muddy underfoot. No photographic evidence of this so we'll have to take his word for it!




The route took the runners out of Horton Village across fields picking up the Cotswold Way near Horton Court after a mile and a quarter. Woods had worked himself up the field to 7th pace at around 2 miles, just as a sharp climb brought them up onto the Cotswold escarpment and the gradual climb to mile marker 3 in Hawkesbury Upton village. Wood struggled to maintain his position over this latter section as the runners turned for home starting with a steep descent, normally Wood’s forte. Working hard over the remaining 2 miles on the undulating lanes that brought the runners back to Horton Court and to the finish line; Wood held onto 11th place by 2 seconds in a time of 43:37 and was 3rd in the Male 41-54 category. Overall he declared himself pleased with the outcome as it was his first race since surgery on an injury. The race was won in a time of 37.10 with 86 finishers on the day.