Inspired

About a month or so ago I got an email from my camera club ( Bon Accord) passing on a message that a charity was looking for some volunteers to take pictures at the Baker Hughes 10K on the 18/05/14. As I was free that day I went for it, thought be good practice for my photography and something different to do. The charity was Inspire ( Partnership Through Life), http://www.inspireptl.org.uk/, which is a charity for the North East of Scotland helping children, young adults and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs. They do a wide range of work so if interested in finding out the more best idea is to have a look at their website. Quite a few of my patients are involved with this charity in various of ways so even happier that I got to help out today.

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A real highlight of the day was to get the chance to hear their motivation speaker: Kenny Herriot ( http://www.kennyherriot.co.uk/ ). Kenny was man very much into his sports and fitness then in 2000 in a freak motorcycle accident he was paralysed from the waist down. Has that stopped him? Very much no! To hear what he has gone onto achieve and is achieving is amazing. ” Bad things happen to everyone – its how you handle them that makes you different ” When you stand and listen to someone like that speak you realise there really are no excuses, we get out of life what we put in to it.

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Really enjoyed being there and taking pictures through the whole process for the runners. Most of the photos are just generic ones rather than of the charity runners, will leave that up to Inspire PTL for what they want to do with the photos I took.

The warm up:

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The start:

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During the Race:

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And the end:

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A very enjoyable and inspiring morning. Something that I was happy and proud to be apart of and will remember for the rest of my life.

Boot Camp

For the first bank holiday in May I went down to Clachan, Kintyre to spend the weekend with Morag ( Kat’s Mum and my future mother in law) to have an active weekend. It was training for Tough Mudder and Ben Nevis; we had jokingly called it Boot Camp!

The weather forecast wasn’t great for the whole weekend but the best bit looked like saturday morning so we were up nice and early on saturday to do Ben Vane. We started walking at 8.30am so did well with our early start. You start at the same place as you do for Ben Vorlich, Invergulas car park, the weather this time was a lot better. We could even see over the road and further!

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Ben Vane is the smallest of the munros but very steep, didn’t take long to be sweating! We were well rewarded with the views though every time we stopped.

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Since we did Ben Vorlich I have done a lot more training with having a PT and I noticed the difference. It was still hard work don’t get me wrong but doing squats and lunges has made my legs a lot stronger for going up hills and also just felt generally fitter. Made the experience a lot more enjoyable.

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Being a typical Munro there was many false summits and being typical Scotland it was misty at the top so we couldn’t see anything but did eventually get there.

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We picked the best day to do the hill as once we started to descend the mist went and we even saw the sun at the end. None of the bad weather that was forecasted which was great! Up and back again in 7 hours and I have discovered that need to make sweet sandwiches as once start eating savoury ones takes a big effect to finish them.

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So it may be the smallest but Ben Vane is very much not the easiest however well worth the climb. Ironically the next one I climb will be Ben Nevis which is the biggest munro.

Sunday to give our legs a bit of a rest we went with kayaking. Kayaked from Kennacraig to Ronachain which took us 3 hours. Would have been quick in sea kayaks but still a great paddle. Again couldn’t see a huge amount and this time did get rain but can’t have everything!

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Monday with legs recovered was a run: up Dunskeig, down the other side, onto the beach, run in the water, quick dip in the sea, back up along side the river and home. Was about a 50min run however no photos from this one since didn’t take the camera.

Photos taken on Monday were of all our foot wear from the weekend and the most amazing post run sandwich ever!

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All in all boot camp was a huge success and I am sure good training.

Britain to India by bike

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Not the only book to be written about cycling long distances but enjoyable and a good read. Keeps you turning the pages to the end with funny stories, scary moments and never quite knowing what he is next going to encounter.

Inspirational to read, not that I have a fancy to go out and do what Danny Brent did but shows you that your dreams never have to die.

The only bad point I would have the book is the ending seems a bit rushed. Would have been nice to hear a bit more about end point but otherwise enjoyed the read.