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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Trophy Boy

When I took Jake out of school back in July for our family holiday, he missed his last week ever of primary school - and his presentation day.  A couple of weeks ago, I received a phone call from his old headmaster inviting him into a Friday assembly to receive his awards.  He had already cleared it with the Year 7 (high school) Head of Year and thought it would be a great opportunity for Jake.  I agreed.

We had no idea which awards he had won but today he received the Howard Cup for Achievement which is given to only one person in Year 6 for being an all-round, personable student and he received Sportsperson of the Year 2009-2010 - an engraved glass trophy.   He also received two books (Children's British History Encyclopedia and The Lion Graphic Bible) as a Leavers gift from the school.

To me, the awards represent the massive effort Jake has made with the control of his ADHD and his enjoyment of sports in general.  He stood proud at the front of his old school hall today, beaming with pride.  And I was at the back with something in my eye...

Related Links:
Children's Encyclopaedia of British History (on Amazon UK)
The Lion Graphic Bible (on Amazon UK)