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A Spires and Steeples Re-Match

On Sunday I asked a lot of my body. And it delivered. I started and finished the Spires and Steeples Challenge, walking the 26(.75 ish) miles from Lincoln to Sleaford. Finishing wasn’t a given. I abandoned the hike at the half way point last year, defeated by the terrible weather and difficult conditions. This year

Review: Osprey Tempest 20 Pack

I’ve been looking for a new pack for a while. My list of requirements has not been small – I want something that is more technical than fashion (I’ve been using an old fashion back pack for a long time now that’s done its job incredibly but has not had the technical spec to satisfy

Giveaway: Walking Goodies from #MySwissKit

Knowing that I enjoy a good walk, Inntravel sent me a little Switzerland-themed present this week. Inntravel specialise in slow holidays, that is to say, holidays which reveal the lesser-taken path and which offer a truly individual holiday experience. I love the idea of a walking holiday. A couple of years ago I stayed in a

Year in Photos – Weeks 30 & 31

Wednesday 30 July – It is finished! Thursday 31 July – How cute are these little baby booties? I made them! Thanks to Rock+Paper+Scissors for their baby accessories class this evening. Friday 1 August – Brayford Pool, Lincoln. Saturday 2 August – Flapjack for breakfast. The (almost) healthy option. Well it is home made! Sunday

What Makes You Feel Alive? Hiking Kinder Scout

The lovely Challenge Sophie recently asked me a very simple question. “What makes you feel alive?” Very simple because we all intuitively know the answer to that question. It’s an easy one. It’s those things we do that make us excited, make us smile, make us satisfied, make us feel good. It may or may not be something we do

Race for Life and my new Brooks Trainers

On Sunday I joined with thousands of other women from the area to take part in the Lincoln Race for Life at the Showground. I’d signed up earlier in the year to take part in the 10km fundraising event to do my bit for Cancer Research UK and also to encourage myself to go out

Photo Walk: Steep Hill, Lincoln

After reading this post over on Skybiker’s blog earlier, I decided a lunchtime walk was in order. Just a short walk to get some fresh air in the middle of the day – with my phone in hand of course to get some snaps of pretty things along the way. I was only out for half an

Some Goals and Challenges for 2014

Now that 2014 is well under way I thought it was about time that I gave some real thought to what my goals for the year should be. The reason I am doing this now is because I have been incredibly inspired by a few people I follow on twitter. Inspired to consider what my

Review: Teva Freewheel Cycling Sneakers

If you’ve been reading Splodz Blogz for any time you will know that I love cycling, and this year have really been getting into the habit of commuting by bicycle to save sitting in the terrible Lincoln traffic as well as to get myself a bit fitter and healthier. I don’t have all the right

Review: Running Mat

Have you watched the latest series of Dragon’s Den? If so then you would have seen this product (series 11, episode 2). It is the Running Mat, a portable, waterproof and easy to clean exercise mat designed by Donna Kerr-Foley of No Lippy Boot Camp. Like Deborah Meaden on Dragon’s Den I am surprised this didn’t already

Review: His ‘n’ Hers Merrell Proterra Sport Shoes

Merrell are well known for their wide range of outdoor footwear, suitable for all kinds of activities. Earlier in the summer they very kindly sent me and LincsGeek his n hers Proterra Sport shoes to try out. And yes, mine are pink and LincsGeek’s are blue… The Proterra Sport is part of Merrell’s M-Connect range,

Review: Lightweight Walking with Brasher Supalite Active GTX

I love trying out walking boots, and the latest pair I’ve been testing out are these Brasher Supalite Active GTX which to be honest are more like trainers to wear because they are so light. Designed for leisurely walks rather than high mountain trails, because they are rather like trainers they have an out-of-the-box comfort

Review: TevaSphere Speed

TevaSphere by Teva is said to be the most stable running shoe available. You’ll notice straight away in the photos the two features that lead to this – the support pods (I like to call them “wings”!) on either side of the shoe, and the rounded off heel – they are one of the strangest

Not going to Gym for the Win

I was given the opportunity a little while ago now to join a local gym of my choice for one month to test out membership and write about its value for a MoneySupermarket.com Gym for the Win scheme. The idea is to see whether joining a gym is worth it. Is it worth spending money

Review: Brasher Hillwalker Socks

I have a good selection of Brasher socks now and I have to say right at the start of this review that I really rate them. I have learnt over the last few years that if you buy decent socks and shoes your feet will thank you. This time I am reviewing the Brasher Hillwalker