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Brexit: what the future might look like

Brexit: what the future might look like

I am very proud to say that I voted to remain as part of the European Union in the referendum a few months ago. I am also happy to admit that I was utterly shocked at the result. Lesson one from the vote is that I realise that living in my bubble, surrounded by intelligent, [...]

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Time and curiosity is all you need

Time and curiosity is all you need

I was watching a video of my good friend Charlie Dark recently, talking about how he set up the RunDemCrew,  his ideas, the basis of entrepreneurship and his philosophy on life. So much of this resonates with how I feel about co-founding Freestak and Like the Wind magazine When I met Charlie … oh probably [...]

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Life changes and all that matters is movement

I recently stumbled across an article on Explore Magazine online. It was written by Will Gadd and it explored the idea that as we get older – as time passes – our interests change and the physical activity that we engage with changes. This article really resonated with me. Gadd expressed something that I have [...]

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My runners prayer

Recently I was talking about the words of the Lord’s Prayer – something that I don’t think about all that often, but having sung the words every morning at chapel in school from the age of 11 to 18, I had no problem recalling them. In the prayer there is a line thy will be [...]

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Ancient history to the present day

Ancient history to the present day

One of the things that prompted me and Mrs. Freeman to launch Like the Wind magazine, was the proliferation of great cycling magazines – the Ride Journal, Rouleur, Bone Shaker. Now there are more popping up (and sadly some disappearing… for now. Au reviour Ride Journal) such as Rapha’s Mondial. What these magazines seem to [...]

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If Larkin had written about running

If Larkin had written about running

When I was at school we had a very impassioned English teacher who loved Philip Larkin. He instilled in me a love of one of the least lovable men in English literature. And possibly his most famous poem inspired me to pen a parody this morning. I give you “This Be The Session” not by [...]

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Why question the expert?

Imagine this – you have a serious legal problem and you hire a top lawyer. Pay him or her good money. Tell them about the case, every detail. And then question everything they advise you to do. Or you have bad toothache. You book an appointment with the best dentist in town. And whilst still [...]

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A question of scale

A question of scale

One of the things that I am fascinated by is the point at which design, manufacturing and marketing all intersect. In particular I love the idea of craft and people who take care of the products and services that they are responsible for. And yet the sector that is most important to me – running [...]

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What gives you the right?

This is probably not a blog post that I should write and one that might make me more enemies than friends, but it has been brewing for a while and I’m afraid that I can’t hold it in any longer. This is a blog post about people setting themselves up as coaches and advisers when [...]

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The difference between running, the sport of running and the business of running

I saw a tweet today from Mara Yamauchi: Feeling the need to remember, at the end of the day, running is a fab sport – simple, fun, inexpensive, exhilarating, natural, sociable..:) And I think that hidden in that simple phrase is a very important message. Like so many other people who have a love of [...]

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