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I was born in 1961.  It was one of the best vintages for Port.  I like to think it was a pretty good vintage for people, too.

Why am I runningin3time?  Because ‘3 time’ is a musical time; because I have three children; because running, along with singing, is one of the main things I do.  Credit to my friends Liz Ryder-Weldon and Jane Collier for coming up with the title for me.

A bit about me:

Life has got better and better as I have got older and I feel happier now than I ever remember feeling in my 20s and 30s.  Having a child when I was aged 49 was a particular confidence-boost.  Clearly though no life is without its sadnesses, and at the end of 2015 I got very low, but with help from friends have clambered back up.

  • I had my children in my 40s: my 9-month old baby was at my 50th birthday party. There is a growing number of women having children in their 40s, and I believe I highlight the fact that just because you’re an older mother doesn’t mean you have to appear ‘geriatric’ (the medical term for mothers over 35);
  • I have kept fit and hope one day to get back into doing triathlon races regularly. I ran my first marathon at age 51, and raised, with a friend, over £1000 for Macmillan Cancer care: in 2016 I aim to raise nearly that amount again in aid of Medecins sans Frontieres when I run Kielder 10km – please see my JustGiving page.  I see no reason not to carry on training and racing as I get older and I have a dream that when I am 70 I will race in a triathlon alongside my three children, who will then be in their 20s;
  • I juggle a part-time job with freelance work, voluntary work, studying, singing, training, childcare, housework and seeing friends and family. My life is full, and fulfilling;
  • In August 2014 my husband left me, just days before our tenth wedding anniversary. We are relatively amicable and share the childcare: he still lives nearby.  Starting a new blog in a new year (2015) seemed even more appropriate than it might have done in other new years;
  • 2015 was also the year I fell in love with a man more than I have ever fallen in love with anyone before.  Having that fantastic experience and trying to recover from it taught me a huge amount about myself and about other people: so my blog is also about coming to terms with that enormous loss whilst also trying to keep all the balls in the air and about self-realisation.

So…. my blog is a general ramble about life with three children while trying to write, run, work, study and sing, and how I see age as no reason to stop doing anything.  My website then contains details and examples of some of my freelance work – just in case you want to commission me.

Come in and look around!

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