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…

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…

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…

Olympic Challenge #1: Weightlifting @ Washington Olympic

So here we go! Click on my video to see how my first challenge went down.   Never done weightlifting before so it seemed like a good place to start to embarrass myself. The club has started offering Olympic weightlifting relatively recently as an addition to their excellent CrossFit programme that I saw the tail…

#WSW2016

This may well have passed some of you by but we have just come to the end of Women’s Sport Week. I must admit I wasn’t aware of this phenomenon from the years 1985 to 2015 but my Twitter feed and television was suddenly chock full of it in 2016. I don’t know whether this…