Challenging Times

Is it just me, or are medals getting heavier and heavier? In the good old days of the Community Games, you would get a little metal object that you could close your small, sweaty fist around. If you did particularly well, you might get a plaque. As a young lad, this was the highlight of … More Challenging Times

Farewell, Jerry

It’s odd to see ‘was’ at the start of Jerry’s Wikipedia entry. For Irish runners of all shapes and sizes, Jerry Kiernan was a fixture and fitting of our world; the relatively small world, that is, of Irish running. But being a hugely successful runner, and a proud Kerryman to boot, Jerry was often called … More Farewell, Jerry

Low Winter Sun

Lockdown Part III continues. I have to say, it’s rather losing its lustre, this whole lockdown business. And I say that as someone who can survive this reasonably unscathed. The main reason is that, as a fireman in the retained service, I have effectively been ‘doing lockdown’ for about fifteen years. I’m not fishing for … More Low Winter Sun

New shoes

Me? A shill for the corporate gods of marketing war and the big machine of global free-market capitalism? Never! Unless, of course, there’s a pandemic on, and all my runners are literally falling apart at the seams, and the shops are closed. In which case, yes; maybe… And as someone adroitly pointed out, you can’t … More New shoes

Canal dreams

The heading gave me a little brain tingle, so I checked it out, and sure enough, it is indeed a title of an Iain Banks novel. I’ve read quite a few of his, and they’re damn fine, but I haven’t gotten around to this one yet. Still, after Christmas, there is always a neat pile … More Canal dreams

New Year, New You…

You are perfectly entitled to hate that heading. What sensible person wouldn’t? Look, there’s nothing wrong with making a few promises to yourself. Eat a little more sensibly. Maybe cut out something from your diet. Or give up the smokes. Or take up exercise. But everything in moderation. Nothing sets you up for failure like … More New Year, New You…