2014 was a big year

I like to think that each of the last thirty years I have been knocking around on this planet I have filled to the brim with exciting activities and life events.  2014 was again another exciting year, not least because it included my wedding, thirtieth birthday and bashing out my 70 mile ultramarathon!  Here’s the run(!) down of my year…month by month…

January 2014

I kicked off the year with a trip to London with my friend Amanda.


I ran my first 5k multi-terrain race at Wellingborough and also snuck in a parkrun at Peterborough with my friend Vicki, who was wanting to lose weight and tone up before her wedding.WellyMT 5k

February 2014

In February I ran the Irchester Multi-terrain 10k distance, got another parkrun in with Vicki and also a parkrun in Northampton with Dan’s ushers.

February was also Vicki’s 30th birthday – and in fancy dress.

Daphne and Saw

I marshaled at the Thames Trot and got to meet a few people from Twitter in real life.

Sarah and Me - Thames Trot


After two months of waiting we had our offer accepted on a house (although the owners later changed their minds and we ended up not purchasing the house…very frustrating!)

March 2014

In March I helped Vicki get her 5k time down under 40 minutes and also ran a consistent but steady 20 mile race at Oakley 20.

This was also the month where Dan and I started to pass out our wedding invitations to people we might not see again before the wedding.Invitation

April 2014

One of my friends had a baby shower for the twins that she was expecting so I spent an afternoon celebrating with her in Stoke.Amy baby shower giftMy parents and brother visited and we put a lot of work into tidying up our house and garden.Finished garden

I ran a parkrun with Dan, as well as helping marshal a parkrun for the first time, the day before London marathon.

I visited the London marathon expo mid-week and then ran the Virgin London Marathon for the very first time and absolutely loved it.

Dan and I finishers VLM

I also marshaled at the Northampton Running Festival and went down to photograph and support at the Stanwick 10k.

May 2014

In May I ran two of the East Midlands Grand Prix races – the Rugby 6 and Blisworth 5.

I also ran 70k at the Conti 12 hour run on the Bank holiday weekend where I really badly salted up and hadn’t fueled efficiently.  I then went on to support at Milton Keynes marathon the following day.

Salt loss - Conti

I got to wear a silly hat and a bright yellow t-shirt depicting that it was my ‘Hen do‘ whilst celebrating with my closest friends.

My hen do - Norwich

June 2014

I had another go at Shires and Spires 35m although suffered badly with heatstroke on what was a very hot day.  Good job we spotted a shop for ice lollies on the way round!

Shires and Spires eating Calippos!

I also ran a further 2 races as part of the EMGP – Banbury 5 and Weedon 10k and slotted in two more parkruns with Vicki and became Aunt another time to Georgia Anne Pearson.

Baby Georgia Anne

One Sunday I headed to Coombe Abbey to marshal Go Beyond’s running festival on a very hot day and in beautiful grounds.

Go Beyond Coombe Abbey marshaling

July 2014

The final race for the EMGP series was Milton Keynes 10k and I was very happy with my race – just as the series finished!

I also spent a day marshaling at Pitsford Tri with Go Beyond…Go Beyond Pitsford tri marshal

My lovely bridesmaids organised another hen do for me with just my four bridesmaids and we spent the weekend glamping in Norwich.

Camping at Whitlingham

The same weekend I ran the Race for Life 5k with my Mum at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.

Houghton Hall Race4Life

July is also the month of my club’s annual road race – the Welly 5.  I ran the BBQ pre-race-run and marshaled on the day of the race.

W&DAC at the Welly 5 BBQ run

August 2014

On the very first day in August I ran and ran and ran, completing the Grim Reaper 70m race in Lincolnshire.  One of my greatest achievements to date.

Grim Reaper 70 medal

Then just seven days later I got to wear an ivory dress and marry my best friend in a little village in North Norfolk.

Dan and I walking down the aisle at our wedding

I then spent most of the rest of the month on honeymoon in the South of Italy.  Relaxing, enjoying gorgeous food and spending some time with my new hubby.

Me in Cilento on honeymoon

When I returned from honeymoon (and also, a little whilst I was away!) I helped organised my friend Zo’s hen do and spent a weekend in Norfolk chilling with old friends.

Zoe's hen do banner

September 2014

I ran my first trail half marathon in September and found that my body was still recovering from the Grim a month earlier.  I also slotted in another parkrun at Sheringham.

WDAC runners at Royston half marathon

Dan came with me to run our first obstacle race and I really surprised myself by enjoying it as much as I did.  (Although was a lot slower than expected with all of the obstacles to navigate!)

The Gladiator Games - Finish

We also met Dawn French after seeing her show Thirty Million Minutes in Milton Keynes one evening.

Dawn French with Dan and I in Milton Keynes

October 2014

I started the month off by being bridesmaid at one of my best friend’s weddings…

Dan and I at Zo and Snipe's wedding

…grabbing a few hours kip at the end of the night before an early start to my second marathon of the year, Mablethorpe marathon.  Not a PB but I was very happy with my determination and consistency at the race.

Mablethorpe Marathon medal

I gave Dusk ’til Dawn 50 another good go, this time with friends, and learnt even more about my running strengths and weaknesses.  Coming away with a ridiculous injury from the weekend though!

The Dusk 'til Dawn W&DAC crew

October finished by me celebrating (not sure that’s quite the right word!) turning 30 and buying a new car.

I turned 30!

November 2014

I started at a new job in a state school one day a week alongside my existing job, which in January will become a full-time position.

The Three Counties Cross-Country season started for me at Wootton – as I had been away for the first home race the previous month.


I also went away with a large amount of other runners from my club to Gower for the weekend to run a trail marathon (my third marathon of the year) and loved every second.

Gower marathon crew

December 2014

Working at two schools alongside each other got very, very busy and December became rather hectic.  I made two club Runner of the Year videos and made it to the club Christmas meal and presentations evening, where I picked up the Group 5 Runner of the Year award.

Group 5 winnerI slotted in North Herts cross-country the week before Christmas and also snuck in a parkrun at Sheringham on Christmas day with Dan before heading home to a Christmas day feast at my parents’.

Christmas dinner


After spending Boxing Day at home, we spent two days with Dan’s parents in Wolverhampton where they had all of the family round…including seven kids under the age of seven (four nieces, a nephew and two children from next door).  Dan and I acted as child entertainers for the best part of six hours, and made the most of when the kids were quiet (whilst eating!)

Nieces and nephew at Christmas

We spent yesterday afternoon watching Pinocchio the panto in Wellingborough where one of the children I teach is part of the chorus and today we are off to the shops for a few things before a nice meal out and a relaxing start to 2015!

Dan and Me at Panto

An incredibly busy year!!!  How was your 2014?…

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16 thoughts on “2014 was a big year

  1. Seven kids under the age of seven!?! I should think you do deserve a relaxed start to 2015 after enduring that!

    2014 was pretty awful for me, but rather than dwell on that I’d prefer to live vicariously through your amazing year: you achieved so, so much and I can only imagine that 2015 will be even better for you :)

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    1. There were so many kids! It was actual chaos for a good few hours there!
      Thank you very much for your lovely comment Jess. 2014 wasn’t entirely awful for you though…you did come second female in your first 40 mile race amongst other things! :)

    1. Thanks Maria. When I looked back on the year I was really surprised to see just how much I had managed to fit in this year. Not sure I can do it two years running but I’ll give it a go (minus the wedding of course!)

  2. Happy New Year to you Mary :)
    Thank you for handing me my race kit at the Delpre Abbey Run 😀 – Sorry I was too embarrassed to say Hi
    It’s been lovely following your blog during 2014, you have achieved so much and remained so humble about your enormous achievements along the way, which is something I really admire.
    Here’s to a equally fun packed 2015 and hey I may even bump into you at a race or two if I an get myself together and attend some!
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    1. What a lovely comment. Thank you so much Katie. :)
      You should have said Hi at Delapre! I think I will be marshaling again this year, so if you spot me, be sure to come over. Ditto if you see me at parkrun…I’m aiming to make a few more this year.

    1. There was a lot of balloon blowing. Dan even managed to make some animals out of them. Didn’t realise that was a skill he possessed!!!
      I know exactly what you mean about how this year has flown by. I hope the next one slows down a little so I can keep up!

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