Hello Dad’s everywhere, hope you are all well and starting some spring / summer activities.
Great to see Anthony and other Running Dads in the London Marathon, very well done, I hope you raised lots of money for your different Charities.
I am busy organising a Charity Event along the South West Coast Path for Dementia Care. I am trying to have a Dementia Baton carried from Mevagissey in Cornwall along 270 Miles of the path to Studland Beach Dorset.
In a week starting Sat 1st June – Sat 8th June. I am asking for volunteers to Run or Walk a leg, we have broken the 270 miles down into 40 manageable legs & through the power of Social media and our Facebook page @Adventure4Dementia people can sign up to support with completing a leg or legs. I still need some more runners for Devon area – PLEASE… or Email Frank@motcomberunners.com
I have been a Youth Football coach for the last 7 Years for Shaftesbury Rockies in Dorset, I have been privileged to coach an amazing set of children. I have seen them develop from Under 7’s into teenagers, I have actively encouraged them and had great core values to not only support them on the football pitch but also trying to be proactive & positive even if the result wasn’t want we wanted.
Now the season has ended we can concentration other sporting activities. My son & I have been out road cycling since the weather started to turn warmer, it’s so good to see youngsters being active & taking part in more than 1 sporting activity. It gives them the opportunity to try different sports. We as Dad’s can encourage and show them, but we all know it can be a bit harder to have them wanting to do it. Alfie and I took part in the New Forest Sportive from Somerley House Wiltshire.
We opted for the Short route of 30mile; although for some reason Alfie’s confirmation had him down for the Epic 80 miles. Needless to say at 12 yo he still completed the shorter route.
It was an amazing ride, some really good quiet roads and as you would expect not many hills in the New Forest. There were a good few Youth riders on the route and I got talking to some other Dad’s afterwards. Their own stories about how they are encouraging the children to take up different sporting activities are lovely to hear. I did mention to them about Anthony’s Running Dad’s site. Hopefully we have some new Dad’s exploring these pages……..
Our local village Running club has had some new runners join and it’s great to see all different levels. Some ladies who want to get back to marathon levels again, some others who are just starting on their own running journey. The feedback that we are a friendly welcoming club is so good to hear. Check out our Website www.motcomberunners.com
We are fortunate to be able to run through quiet country lanes & footpaths in the fields, a good mix of terrain as well. We had Kev our Representative in the London Marathon, who had some issues while training (That thing called Work) that gets in the way, but he managed to keep as close as possible to his training plan. He really enjoyed the competitive edge & the friendliness of the other competitors.
We also had 2 other runners who had to defer their places due to injuries in the last 4 weeks of training, this can be so disappointing, but how do we all overcome over training or the wrong training?? – Not enough cross training? Shoes that are worn? Too much road running? As we are very rural, we have very bad cambers on our roads. These are all factors that we have to take into account.
How do you overcome these issues, it would be good to share your ideas or stories. I have done quite a bit of research over the last 12 months and I feel as though I am in a much better place to avoid these issues. Only time will tell. Share your successes with us please…
Finally from me, as Dad’s we are trying to encourage and support our children through life the best we can, sporting activities are a great way to share some amazing times. I am constantly asking my children what they would like to try that is new. My 17 Yo daughter is keen to do her own thing now, but we still manage the odd bike ride together.
My 13 Yo son on the other hand wants to have a go at most activities, so now the football season is over for him we are looking at new summer activities. My challenge to all of you is...
what will you try new this year with your children??? Let’s see how many new activities us as Running Dads can do over the summer to help & inspire our children. Please share…
Take care & have fun.