Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part three: into extra time

Nearly 14 hours in and half the distance done, or thereabouts. It was properly dark at 2am, and the weather is turning a little earlier than expected. On with the show! Trotting along the River Thames by the moonlight was peaceful for a while, until the clouds rolled in and it started drizzling. Although no longer peaceful, the drizzle was quite nice and refreshing actually, … Continue reading Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part three: into extra time

What defines you

In the midst of the confusion and controversy around grading in the absence of exams, I’ve been thinking about what defines us. Certainly our choices are impacted by the qualifications we hold, especially as a young person who hasn’t had much opportunity to demonstrate other facets of themselves. We’re not defined by these qualifications though. Whether a perfect system assigns grades or not, no matter … Continue reading What defines you

Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part two: a game of two halves

‘How hard can it be?’ It’s an approach that lets me buy-in to uncertainty and challenge.  It’s an approach I’m very fond of, but it’s not a plan.  In a couple of days I was going to trot along The Ridgeway, 87.5 miles of route I’m unfamiliar with, as quick as I could.  A plan was needed. Armed with a map and a friend and … Continue reading Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part two: a game of two halves

Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part one: the prep

COVID-19 brought new urgency to the idea of getting healthier, for me. I’d been thinking about it, talking about it, and very nearly getting around to doing it since July 2019. Well, way before then actually – it went on the to-do list as I recovered from a major depressive episode that floored me in 2013. In those days I’d swim in the sea in … Continue reading Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part one: the prep


I finished The Ridgeway in 32 hours. It’s 87.5 miles long and so discounting the couple of extra miles for a navigation mishap, that’s an average of 2.73mph. This average tells you very little about my journey though. In general, although statistically attractive, we need to know a lot more to get a really meaningful story. Lowest point – with my feet in a bad … Continue reading 2.73mph

It may, it will, get better

This will pass, things will get better. It’s a common reassurance given to people experiencing hardship. It’s well intended, but to me it feels a little hollow. There’s no guarantee and so we cannot merely hold on and hope, confident that better will arrive soon enough. But, things definitely CAN get better. Hope is a key part of that happening. Optimism isn’t a failure to … Continue reading It may, it will, get better


A concise summary of three strategies for resilience, which are more eloquently put forward in Lucy Hone’s TEDx talk. Bad things happen, so expect to have to deal with them. Place your attention carefully, don’t dwell on the bad things. Whatever you’re doing to cope, ask yourself if it’s harmful or helpful. Not easy, but straight-forward. All related to our sphere of control. We always … Continue reading Resilience