Sparks, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

For the first time in an absolute age I found myself at a gig last night watching the absolute legends that are Sparks.

Needless to say the show blew me away – I can’t say enough good things about it.

I took a few snaps and rather than post them all you can find them here.


My Favourite Medals

I’ve been trying to tidy up my medal collection and show them off a bit better as I’ve acquired a lot over the past 16 years.  Anyway, it got me thinking as to what were my three favourites.  So, after much deliberation, here they are, in no particular order.


Balmoral Road Races

The Run Balmoral medal represents the Balmoral Road Races which take place at Balmoral Castle every April.  I’ve done this one, whether it be the 10K or the 5K, every year since 2002, apart from one year when it clashed with my brother’s wedding (thanks brother!)  For me this is a fairly local event, but it’s huge and has grown in popularity so much.  I’m not sure what makes it so special, but the surroundings are beautiful and it’s a nice buzz to run past the Castle every year.  So this event is one of my absolute favourites.


Great North Run

The Great North Run takes place in Newcastle every September and in terms of atmosphere it is just unbeatable.  It’s a pretty tough half marathon course – at least I found it tough on the two occasions I took part – but it was probably the greatest experience of my running career and I would love to do it again.  When I look at this medal, and my medal from 2009, I’m reminded of my endless high-fives with the crowds and complete strangers shouting my name from start to finish.  Anyone who wants to sample the highs of taking part in a big race should do this one.  Unmissable.



Royal Parks

Finally, this was my medal from the Royal Parks Half Marathon in 2011.  This takes place in London with part of the run being on the city streets and the other part through the beautiful parks. Again, it was a really nice experience as it was the first time I’d ran in London, a city I’m very fond of.  What made the whole day was this brilliant medal which, if I remember correctly, was made from wood which had come from fallen trees in the parks themselves.  It’s certainly the most unusual medal I have and it capped a really great event.

So that’s my top three medals.

Of course if you ask me next week I’d probably choose three completely different ones!