Shipley Park

Happy Sad few days and Fathers Day 2017

Its currently Fathers Day – Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads out there!! Not least my dad and of course Eddie.

Fathers Day
Eddie enjoying lunch out for Fathers Day

This week has been an odd one – its been heat-wave weather.  Its actually too hot to do anything other than sit in the car with the air con on full blast.  Doesn’t happen here often, and you feel guilty for moaning about the weather. As I am not happy about my weight, this weather is difficult; I see people out and about in skimpy shorts and playsuits. I would love to wear them, but just know that I would look awful.

Its been a tough week at work too. I have been having some additional work handed over from someone who is leaving. Then my old job rang to ask if I could run their payroll (as my replacement had left).

Then Ewan started off the week well, but was struggling a lot towards the end of the week. So much so in fact, I rang the Doctors to see if I could sort out some counselling to help him. (see the previous post about Ewan here)


Friday brought some sad news.  A longstanding member of our running club lost his battle with depression and he took his own life.  This man had struggled for sometime with the illness. When he went missing on Friday morning, we hoped that he had gone off for a long run – as he had last summer – but sadly it wasn’t to be.

When I first joined the running club, Simon was a big help to me.  He had good tips as I was fairly new to running.  His wife looked after me, when I fell up and banged up my knees on a club run.  And he was one of the only people to email me and Eddie when we have struggled with our various injuries.  I wouldn’t say that we were close friends.  It has surprised by how much it has both shaken and upset me.

If you or any one you know are struggling with depression and mental illness here are a couple of useful sites to look at :-

Mind – from the website it says “We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”

Samaritans – this charitable organisation offers telephone support to people who are suicidal or in need of someone to talk to.

I think both of these organisations are invaluable.


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Saturday morning we were up early as Tom was once again volunteer marshalling at Shipley Park Run, as a part of the volunteering part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.  It was so hot considering we were there for 8.15 am!

It was great fun cheering everyone on.  There were a lot of people doing the Weightwatchers 5k My way, with some run walking, some running and some walking it.

A brilliant effort in that heat.  I haven’t ran since Wednesday, which isn’t good but I always struggle in the heat!

Sunday – Fathers Day

My dad is 83 and has recently had some health complications, but he is so hard to buy for!!!  My fall back would always be a bottle of Whisky and some Liquorice Allsorts.  But he has got gout so doesn’t drink any more and has been told not to eat liquorice because of his blood pressure.

I literally went to Waitrose and bought a couple of nice pieces of cheese, a couple of packets of nice biscuits for cheese and some non alcoholic beers.  He seemed to like them, but it did seem like an odd present.

For Eddie the kids bought, The Walking Dead Graphic novel **


A £20 Steam voucher for the PC

Game of Thrones Season 5 on dvd **


As its also Ewan’s birthday this week and money is a bit tight, I changed my Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Prezzo vouchers and we went out for a nice lunch.

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It is still Scorchio even tonight at 9.30 pm – just hoping I am going to be able to get some sleep as there are another few mad busy days ahead…..

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