I have always enjoyed swimming, went a lot as a kid at school and during the summer holidays. Was never a strong swimmer but just reasonably confident in the water….and loved the hot toast afterwards (anyone else get hot buttery toast after swimming or was it just an East End thing?) During my twenties when my…

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics coming to my neighbourhood played a massive role in me finding the joy in sport. Living and working around the emerging Olympic Park as it turned from urban wasteland to a global mega event destination made me fall in love with my city even more, and I feel privileged…

Recently on Facebook I keep being reminded of things I was doing 4 years ago…which for me was a whole heap of London 2012 related activity, bringing back fantastic memories of a magical time in East London. Now you might be thinking that I am over egging it a bit with that description…but for me…

There are certain race opportunities you just don’t want to miss out on, even if you have taken part in the event before, even if you have taken part in it a number of times before, because some races just get you like that. I have lived in the London Borough of Newham most of…

Three months ago (check out this post) I was running in the glorious sunshine with the iconic London 2012 Stadium in the background and chatting to running legend Paula Radcliffe about how we get more women enjoying the sport of running, yesterday I stood on that very same piece of grass with 17,000 other runners with…

Back in 2005 I worked for Newham Council trying to encourage local residents to back the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Bid by volunteering in their local community. Was I an Olympic enthusiast…NO, did I play sport…NO, did I realise what an impact the games would have on me ABSOLUTELY NOT. I can’t ever remember…

For those of you that have been reading this blog for a while you will know that I live in Stratford, East London…the very same Stratford which hosted much of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics a few years back. Stratford is a cool place to live. But it hasn’t always been so, and the…

Walking into the office on a Monday morning after a heavy weekend I was bombarded by one of the sports team “You are going to do the run on Saturday too right?” she said enthusiastically I was coordinating volunteers for the launch of Newham Councils community fit club an initiative to get residents excited about…

Long before I became Mummy Ju to Baby Rose back in January this year I actually had a very different type of job, a full time job which was equally as time consuming, stressful and demanding, but for completely different reasons. I spent the last 8 jammed packed years working towards the London 2012 Olympic…

I have been getting some really positive feedback about my blog recently, and now that I actually have some time to focus on it I have decided to put in a bit more effort to try and increase my readership and I suppose to explore opportunities for developing my writing in general – seeing as…

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