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Trainee’s Final Day Out – Leicester Half Marathon in the City

November 15, 2016 | Out and About

I recently completed my last sports challenge of the year – my first half marathon – and I had my trusty husband by my side to see me through to the end (and, if needs be, carry me for a while). Training had mostly involved lugging myself around the ring road of Didcot. Hardly the(Read more)

Success in Ashmolean Corporate Circle Competition

July 07, 2016 | Out and About

Recently I came runner up (well, one of two runners up) in a competition run by the Ashmolean for members of their corporate circle. Entrants wrote about their favorite artifact or place in the Ashmolean. Prizes were awarded at the recent corporate circle event on the 22nd of June. This was a fabulous evening with(Read more)

Glastonbury 2016

July 04, 2016 | Out and About

Every year, with a group of good friends, I gleefully abandon my day job to work the bins at Glastonbury. Whilst the pleasure of clearing up litter and being covered in bin juice may not seem apparent to some, by Thursday night we had finished our shifts and were ready to hit the festival (the(Read more)

Championship Rowing Success

June 28, 2016 | Out and About

Over the weekend of 11 & 12 June, Kate Hall competed for Wallingford Rowing Club at the British Rowing Masters Championships which were held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. Run by British Rowing, the sports’ governing body, Masters (rowers over the age of 27) compete over two days in both sculling (two oars(Read more)

Young Farmers

June 17, 2016 | Out and About

Each year, the Oxfordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs holds a ‘County Show & Rally’ day on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May.  Each year the Rally gets passed to a different club and this year it was the Bicester club’s turn to organise and host the Show.  After over a year of planning(Read more)

May Day in Oxford 2016

May 13, 2016 | The Arts, Out and About

This week we have been blessed with the first hint of English summertime. Whilst more experienced readers will not have put away their rain coats just yet, the summer gives us plenty to celebrate and Oxford is a fantastic place to do it. May Day in Oxford starts, for many, at 6am by Magdalen College(Read more)

Trainee’s Day Out… at Tough Mudder

May 10, 2016 | Out and About

Last year, my husband and I volunteered at Tough Mudder in Winchester. The atmosphere was not at all what we were expecting and the event looked like such fun that we hastily booked ourselves in to run.  Last weekend, that time came. It was a sunny, but cold, day and we were roaming over the(Read more)