Archive for June, 2013

I am not a massive fan of the term or word “disabled”  I feel if you let your mind think your disabled then you are. But as long as you remain motivated anyone with a disability will still be able to do anything they put there mind too. Over the past few months we have seen many people who have have disabilities living there dreams and being as able any any other able bodied persons. Be it the Olympic or the Dakar Rally. We all have dreams and if we put our minds to it we can do anything. Smirnoff the Vodka makers have the same sort of philosophy and have turned it into part of there marketing campaign. Have a look at the attached video to see what I mean. Minds and teamwork and you can do anything. 

So you can see from the vid above that with a bit of team work and a lot of positive thinking you can indeed do anything if you put your mind too it.

Be sure to check out my blog post about the Race2Recovery team that defied all odds to complete the most amazing and gruelling rally in the world the Dakar Rally.

So if you can think it……

You can do it !

No matter what !

Well if you have been following my blog for a bit you will know I have started to do a bit of running and last weekend (09/06/13) I did my first 10km road run. I have been working up to this race for a few months now and training was going really will up until a week or so before the race………

I suffered a little setback……

I slipped getting out of the shower and just about did the splits and injured my groin quite badly. So a week of limping and no training for me in the hope that I would be back to running form by the 9th. So I was feeling really good at the start of the race. Injury was feeling 99% better. Just a small minor niggle but I thought na if it stays like this all will be fine and this should be a great run. The weather was nice and cool on after a real scorcher of a day before. Gun (horn I think it was) went off at 9am and off went the 4000 odd runners for the Two Castle Run from Warwick Castle to Kenilworth Castle. As we all came out of the starting tunnel out onto the main road to start the 10km run to the finish we were all greeted by amazing sight of well wishers lining the streets of Warwick.

Me at the start of the Two Castle Run ( Race Number 3790 )

Me at the start of the Two Castle Run ( Race Number 3790 )

Just seeing all the people there was enough to drive me forward despite this little niggle in my leg . I felt I could do it! So onwards I pushed at a really great pace that I felt comfortable with and the first 2 or so kilometres were going really well. The support from the people around both running and spectating were pushing me along and I was happy with that until the 3rd kilometer. Then the pain set in. Sharp pain in my groin. So I stopped and walked for a bit. I had no choice in the matter! I was running for my chosen charity, the Terrance Higgins Trust ( please click the link to view more info on this great charity thats very close to my heart )  I had already surpassed my goal of razing £150 for them with an great total of £165! So the support of family, friends and even the Terrance Higgins Trust, who sent me a fab little card wishing me all the best and thanks,  I had to push on.

Average pace -Blue line = running  - Green = little faster than a walk - Red/Brown = Walking

Average pace -Blue line = running – Green = little faster than a walk – Red/Brown = Walking

So I took it as easy as I good so as to complete the course and not pull out. After all the support and motivation of others had got me this far! I was not about to give up now!

So often in life we try and do things on our own. Yes we can achieve great things in life on our own but man its hard work doing so. There is that age old saying ” Many hands make light work” and it is very true. With out the motivation from the support of others, even complete strangers like the good people from THT who sent a lovely card wishing me well, made all the hard work and pain worth it!

My Card from the great team at Terrance Higgins Trust

My Card from the great team at Terrance Higgins Trust

My Card from the great team at Terrance Higgins Trust

My Card from the great team at Terrance Higgins Trust

So I slogged along the 10km route knowing I had all this support behind me and people willing me along I pushed on to the end of the Two Castle Run and completed it! What shocked me more than just finishing it in the amount of pain I was in was the time I did it in! In all my training runs I was doing around a 10km/hr average pace but I had yet to even run the race distance. I had done between 7km and 8km but never the full 10km. It was a bit of an unknown to me but I had been aiming for around a 1hr 10min / 1hr 15min type of time for this race. Well I am please to say despite the pain and injury I did it in 01:09:00 ! So was quite pleased with that !

Finish time and stats

Finish time and stats

With a bit of support you can achieve anything!

With a bit of support you can achieve anything!

So the morral is let people help and support you along your life race. Even if its just encouragement from the side lines , draw on this and use is as both motivation and energy to drive you forward to achieve your end goal. It might even surprise you and how easy and how well you can do things with a little bit of support.

Again thanks to everyone who donated to the Terrance Higgins Trust via my Just Giving page and also to my family and friends who have been a massive support to me over the years and helped motivate me to achieve my goals in life. Without you guys I have no idea where I would be today.

I thank you all !


Lately I have been working the graveyard shift at work aiding in the support of a project. The hours do not thrill me at all 23:00 – 08:00 as swapping from a day shift to a night shift throws the body clock into a bit of a spin and you don’t really sleep well. On top of this sleeping in hotels where they do cleaning etc during the day does not help.

But we need people to be working at this time. I work for a large logistics company getting your parcels and important documents from point “A” to point “B” in a timely manor. If we didn’t do this at night you would not get your goods the following morning. Simples! But we are not the only industry to have the need to work nights. Local supper markets, they re-stock there supplies for us to buy during daylight hours and the medical staff in A&E are up and doing there bit to ensure we get the best treatment possible during an anti social hour accident.

But what really inspires me about these night owls who work away during the small hours of the night is their can do attitudes. A lot of them don’t get to see there family and loved ones as while they work there families and loved ones are asleep and while they sleep the rest of the world is awake. It cant be easy. Not seeing much sunlight and working the anti social hours. But they hunker down and get the job done. I guess they do get use to it after a while. Wish I could after one night!

So while you walk around during the daylight hours spare a thought for the night owls that have aided in some way to ensure that your parcels have been delivered on time, you local shops have there stock in place and the A&E staff where there for you or someone you know at some ungodly hour of the night or early morning. Without them what would the world be like?

Empty shelves, a lot of waiting for things to be done and peoples lives changing because they could not wait to have there little miss-hap at a sociable hour!

So to the night owls on the graveyard shift – I solute you!

But to the day walkers – please keep the noise down during the day as some people need to sleep while the sun is awake!

Dyslexia – not an easy word to spell

Love the irony of the above word. Why make it so difficult to spell if you have this disability. MMM there is another word I just hate – disability.

I have dyslexia yet here I am blogging with loads and loads of words. Yes it does take me a fair amount of time to string these letters in the right order to ensure that the able minded people who read my dribble can make sense of what I am typing. But it does not make me any less able than the able than the 13 year old that recently won the spelling bee with a Yiddish word “knaidel” Arvind Mahankali just finds it easer to do and he can spell in his head. Me I have to right it down and sometimes I have to do it a few times before I get it correct. And sometimes I have the right sounding word but not quite the write one (yes I know I have spelt right wrong there (or is it their?) I think you get the point)

I have had dyslexia for as long as I can remember.

But I don’t believe it has hindered me in any shape or form.

I am one of millions of people who have this condition. And I am one of millions who don’t let it be a disability or turn us into invalids as a result of it.

Some others who have this great gift are Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin mega mogul and Sir Jackie Stewart, the F1 legion. Both these great icon’s have not let the ability of not being able to spell a few words slow them down to become great men that the world respect and idolise.

Both Sir Richard and Sir Jackie were told they would not amount to much. I don’t think I was every told I would not amount to much at school as my teachers were never that cruel. But they used this negativity in such a way to drive them to be the best they could be at something that didn’t require spelling. Sir Jackie it was shooting and F1, Sir Richard it was to become a successful business man even when the odds were stacked against him.

For me its been that if I want to achieve something I will. Not moan and groan about it but to focus on it and believe in myself that I can do what I set out to do and come out on top.

Last year I did a course in leadership and management. (ILM) As part of this course I enrolled in college and had to be assessed in maths and literacy test. As part of the enrollement

I was asked if I had a learning disability. I said “No” as I don’t feel it is a disability. However the testing proved I did have dyslexia, something I already knew so no shock there! I was asked if I wanted assistance during the course as a result of this disability. I declined it! After all I had got to where I am today without any assistance so why start now? Simple – there is no reason for it! I am pleased to say I passed with flying colours ! Yes I had a little help from family and friends to proof read my assignments but with the aid of tech it made my life a lot easier (got to love spell check !)

All it means for me is I have to try harder. And I apply that to all I do! Just like Sir Rich and Sir Jackie! We adapt and move forward! Never ever be the victim and play the disability card. If there is a way there is a will. You will find a way round it this obstacle and come out on top. Life is not an easy walk in the park. You have to work and fight hard to achieve what it is you want in life.

If you do the above you will become valid and able and then you can achieve what ever you put your mind too!