IAAF Champs roundup; plus have your say on my challenge in Athletics

Well I do hope that you all enjoyed the IAAF World Championships. It was full of controversy, incredible sights and some superb performances. There has been a lot of debate around the position of UK Athletics within the world and if we are getting value for money from our (copious) investment into the sport. Following…

Return of the Track: London 2017 and the legacy of 2012.

Hello everybody. I know that you would have assumed that either I had given up on this challenge or that I had met an untimely end whilst trying to mount a horse or something but alas! I return with a renewed sense of vigour and perspective, especially so after now having the appreciation of what…

Middlesbrough’s Premier League plight: A look at Karanka’s strategy

It doesn’t take the insight of Hercule Poirot to figure out the reason why Middlesbrough are currently residing in 18th position in the Premier League, ten matches without a win and their manager, Aitor Karanka, currently a strong odds-on favourite for the next Premier League manager to depart.  Indeed, all of our “top” pundits, Robbie…

Challenge #5: Judo @ Redcar Multisports Club

I went through most of my adult life without owning a set of pyjamas. It was a point of principle, I just didn’t understand them. Mrs W, as a confirmed pyjama lover, just couldn’t understand this and persisted and persisted until eventually at some stage last year I was lulled into owning a wonderful set of…

Age Aint Nuttin’ But A Number

Federer v Nadal. Australian Open Final 2017. Combined age:65 Serena v Venus. Ladies’ Australian Open Final 2017. Combined age: 71 The continued brilliance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Premier League debut season. Age: 35 Tom Brady’s 7th SuperBowl appearance and 5th ring. Quarterback and Leader of the New England Patriots. Age: 39 Why are so many veterans…

Challenge #4: Fencing, Part 1 (The Basics)

So the keen followers amongst you will have spotted an anomaly here. I appear to have published a blog post entitled “Challenge #4” before one entitled “Challenge #3”. This is not because I have lost my mathematical mind, the simple reason is that I actually started hockey in November but I am waiting to actually…

Happy New Year – My 2017 (& beyond) plans!

Happy New Year to all, I wish you and your families a happy and healthy 2017. Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. No resolutions. January is a tough enough month without wholesale life changes and giving up stuff. I’ll wait til at least light comes back to the northern hemisphere for that…

SPOTY2016: My top five

This is where every athlete on this page would have won almost any other award any other year. Every one of them dominates their field. Every one of them is an Olympic champion, world champion, world #1. Separating them now becomes a matter of personal preference and taste. Let’s see if you agree with me,…

SPOTY2016: Part 2 (#10 – #6)

Looking back over previous SPOTY results in Olympic years you can pick up some interesting trends. For instance, we Brits were obsessed with figure skating! For three consecutive Olympic cycles we rewarded our figure skaters by voting for them in our droves; John Curry (1976), Robin Cousins (1980) and Torvill & Dean (1984). Seb Coe…