Category Archives: exercise

Cycling and diabetes – “Bandersnatch” edition

Following in the wake Black Mirror’s multiple-choice “Bandersnatch” epsisode this article, while ostensibly about cycling and diabetes, allows you to “pick” which of the article threads you would like to follow. Some people like bikes, some people like diabetes, some people like both; the choice and your destiny is in your hands! Let’s start with… Read More »

Roman Rumble in pictorial format

The Internet and the web are wonderful inventions. Surely the apogee of their myriad delights is the ability to bore the hell out of people all around the world with your holiday snaps. Poor Sir Tim Berners-Lee would be turning in his grave (if he were, in fact, dead) if he could see his invention… Read More »

The Romans hath rumbled

Hurrah! There are two things to celebrate, firstly I now have an Internet connection and secondly we’ve completed the Roman Rumble with bikes, muscles and sanity relatively intact. The last day saw us attack the infamous Wrynose and Hardknott passes with their one in three gradients and horrific hairpin bends. We got off to a… Read More »

Day four

Hideous internet connection in Cumbria too. Will write up day for when I can. Needless to say Wyrenose and Hardnott conquered non stop in costume! Pictures to follow… Posted via my generic mobile device

Day three

Terrible Internet connection. Will have to write it up tomorrow. Fifty miles in hot sun in Roman costume. Sweaty. Very sweaty…! Posted via my generic mobile device

Day two

I write this from my palatial suite while Stephan lurks grumpily in his cramped garret, I think I got the better room today (I got the better room yesterday too, hurrah!) After our promised breakfast we set off, covered a feeble eight miles and then stopped at our first Roman fort. It was the turn… Read More »

Day one

I’m currently sitting here in a rather nice bed and breakfast in Corbridge having completed the first day of the Roman Rumble for the wonderful Pendsey Trust. Today we have been blessed with absolutely wonderful weather, which is a bit of the disadvantage in that wearing a Roman costume in hot weather is not very… Read More »

Training for the Roman Rumble

In amongst the tremendous announcement of your soaraway Shoot Up’s first baby, life has been moving along in an orderly fashion. I’ve been busy training for the Roman Rumble – the long-distance bike ride I’m doing in June. So how’s it been going? My first two training runs didn’t go too well I’m afraid to… Read More »