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Looking for some new year's inspiration? Want that feel good factor? Local cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better UK have places to offer runners in the Brutal Run on 27th January (Woking) and the Surrey Half on 11th March. Your support will enable the charity to deliver their services across Surrey and the South-East and help more people to face cancer with confidence. Get in touch - [email protected]
Lots of lovely folk I know in Surrey would also be interested I’m sure

Passionate about helping people flourish. Available to coach individuals and organisations in wellbeing & peak mental performance.

I am a UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness and qualified canicross trainer with an eye on how psychology can help.

Operating as usual 16/01/2020

8 Minutes of Walking Per Day Could Change Your Life

Getting moving to improve your physical and mental wellbeing needn't take long or involve anything intimidating. The study referenced in the article found "the minimum threshold of exercise that best predicted disability-free status from immobility over a four-year period is 56 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week. This dose-response equates to exactly eight minutes per day, seven days a week." Just 8 minutes a day to predict a disability-free life for the over 49 year olds. What's stopping you? New research shows that 56 minutes of MVPA a week reduces risk of disability. 24/07/2019

Everyone can be a winner: The benefits of competing in organized races for recreational runners

I may be biased but I have always known running is one of the greatest displays of positive psychological interventions one can make. Now there is even more evidence to add to the already overwhelming bank in existence to show the contribution of running towards well-being. Nearly 250 recreational runners were monitored by completing online diaries over a period of 3 months (the average length of a training plan). Unsurprisingly, their well-being (measured in terms of self-esteem, life satisfaction, self-efficacy, meaning in life, and affect) was positively related to how many days and how far they ran each week. Furthermore, satisfaction with one’s progress mediated relationships between well-being and the amount of running, i.e. increases in running lead to increases in satisfaction with progress, which lead to increased well-being. (2018). Everyone can be a winner: The benefits of competing in organized races for recreational runners. The Journal of Positive Psychology. Ahead of Print.


Competition time!

We are celebrating by giving away 5 pairs of tickets to DogFest South (Knebworth) or West (Bristol) 2019!

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UK only. Contest open until 9am on Friday 12th April, we’ll announce the five winners on Sunday 14th April here and on Instagram.
The randomly picked winners will need to get in contact by 5pm on Wednesday 17th April, detailing whether Knebworth or Bristol is your preferred destination.

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It’s January so what better time to set a good intention to start moving more this year? Read on for more details on the growing sport of canicross. You can be as competitive or relaxed as you like. All that matters is making it work for you and your dog.

We know how mind-boggling taking up a new sport can be, but be reassured that is a fun & social sport and with a few key pieces of equipment, the adventures can start.
A Beginners Guide to Canicross details all you need to know. 14/09/2018

Your Tired Ankles Are Slowing You Down

Eleven weeks and 1 day after ankle surgery, I am (finally!) able to walk crutch-free. As the hard work to rehab the ankle begins, this article caught my eye. Most runners tend to ignore stability work ("it's so boring!"), possibly only doing some if they have suffered an ankle injury or started running on trails, but having had two ankle surgeries, I am slightly obsessed with ankle work.

The study by the German Sport University Cologne suggests that the ankles have a far larger role than keeping you upright in running. Participants of varying ages ran 10K on a treadmill and (this is the important bit) exhibited a decrease in ankle strength that was more pronounced than the loss of power shown by the knees and hips. Eh? I've got your attention now I bet.

Moreover, the data showed an interesting difference according to age: "the power produced from the ankles declined steadily with increasing age. The ankles, with relatively small muscles forced to work near their maximum capacity, are the “weakest link” as age-related muscle loss starts to kick in."

To summarise, rather excitingly, the secret to staying young isn't to stop drinking alcohol, get more sleep, eat more kale and meditate, but to work on strengthening those ankles (especially, or particularly, if you are a runner). New research zeroes in on an unlikely culprit for why running gets less efficient as you fatigue.


How Dogs Tell Us What We Need to Know | Barbara Sherman | TEDxSandhillsCommunityCollege

Apologies for the recent radio silence. Having time off for surgery recently has given me a lot of time to read and research material. I have been thinking about running, canicrossing and what it means to us and our four-legged friends. The sport of canicross can mean different things for many people and understanding this is important when coming to it.
At entry level, you may want to move a little quicker than the usual dog walk to get the heart rate up. You may find this is an excellent way of saving time and, over time, that you can also go for longer to explore farther. Enjoying the scenery and the feeling of being fitter, you may contemplate entering a race at which point you will find a whole new world exists where people and their dogs come together to race around beautiful countryside.
When you start racing, you may then feel motivated to try to beat your last time over the same distance. It is at this point you may find a roadblock. That roadblock could be your previously enthusiastic and totally up for it dog no longer having the same oomph as (s)he used to. This is most likely because the dog you started with may not have the same motivations as you, may not be genetically disposed to do as much as you want to, or may simply not be enjoying the new environment.
Understanding your dog and being aware of their wellbeing is a big element of canicross running. You can discuss this with your vet and there are also many excellent books on understanding your dog's breed and interpreting their body language. I found this TED talk an excellent discussion of canine behaviour. Perhaps you will recognise some of what your dog tells you?

Barbara shows us how to read the body language of our dogs so that we can anticipate and alleviate their anxiety. Barbara Sherman, a board-certified veterina...



Whilst warmer days means getting out earlier to canicross - there are so many health and wellbeing benefits for you and your dog :-) 21/06/2018

What does running do to your brain?

It is no secret to regular runners that "running can be a form of moving mindfulness meditation". Now more data backing this up has been published, giving you even more reasons to lace up your trainers and get out there. Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matter


Food for thought: How your belly controls your brain | Ruairi Robertson | TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica

You are what you eat. A perspective from a nutritionist-microbiologist -neuroscientist on how diet can influence the relationship between mental & physical health.

"Have you ever had a gut feeling or butterflies in your stomach? Has hunger ever changed your mood? Our bellies and brains are physically and biochemically c...


The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

In case the rain is putting you off heading outside for your morning workout, watch this. A persuasive TED talk on the incredible brain-changing benefits of regular exercise from a neuroscientist's perspective.

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuk...


Today sees the end of Mental Health Awareness Week and marks the start of a new week, Clean Sport Week. (I like how you can find an intention out there for each week 😀) This is my view as I work on finishing my article for Fast Running. This includes areas that cover both mental health and doping in sport, and is something that more of us need to be aware of, whether you are an athlete, coach, or parent.


Running Changed My Life

How running changed my life.



It's mental health awareness week. This is by a very special lady and I hope it helps some of you realise, you are not alone.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week we have a very special My Story for you all.

We were approached by Cat Burchell who wanted to share her experience of living with depression and anxiety and the role canicross has played in helping her cope through some particularly tough periods.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Even if you are not one of those people, you can no doubt still relate to the positive impact canicross has on mental as well as physical well-being.

Thank you for reading Cat's story... 14/05/2018

The Stress Continuum | BrainLine

It’s mental health awareness week. The focus is on stress. Of my two dogs, the female is prone to stress while the male is exceptionally chilled. I therefore make sure I monitor her in potentially stressful settings to watch for signs of anxiousness (licking her lips, whites of eyes showing, yawning, stiffening of her body etc). Research suggests that two-thirds of us will suffer with mental ill-health and that stress is closely linked.
Did you know the US Navy & Marine Corps uses a stress continuum model to monitor stress levels in members? This model provides a useful way of monitoring stress levels so you can take action before it is too late and mental illness is triggered. If we all tried to look at it this way instead of battling on, stress would be less likely to contribute to mental ill-health.
This is a useful article on the stress continuum which shows how it colour codes the levels of stress.
If you feel like your stress levels are rising out of control, speak to somebody. A parent, a partner, a sibling, a friend, a teacher, a coach, a mentor. Anybody. Just don’t bottle it up. There is always someone willing to listen. And if you want to do so anonymously, there are lots of charities who will have a friendly, non-judgmental person at the end of the phone line. The Samaritans is just one of those who can be contacted on 116 124. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
# The Stress Continuum is a model that identifies how Sailors and Marines react under stressful situations and what to do to help.


Another hot day means more woodland walking to keep the dogs from overheating. Total immersion in the trees is always good for the heart and soul. The Japanese have long known this and developed the art of forest bathing (or “shinrin-yoku”) so that people could benefit both physically and mentally from being in forest settings.

More recently, researchers who conducted a long-term study published last year found that modest amounts of low-intensity physical activity were found to protect against depression. Conducted in Norway using an impressive sample size of nearly 34,000 participants over an 11 year period, the researchers investigated whether those who participated in regular exercise were less likely to develop anxiety and depression. The results of the study showed that taking part in just an hour of exercise *a week* acted as a prophylaxis against the development of depression (although not anxiety).

Going for a walk in the woods could, therefore, be the simplest universal strategy for the prevention of depression as a public health measure. 08/05/2018

An Elite State of Mind

A great article on the elite runner's mindset. You could substitute "elite attitude" with "contented and mindful runner" here too.

"4 Keys to An Elite Attitude

1 - Don't treat training runs or race times as indications of your self-worth

2 - Value every runner's efforts, success and potential

3 - Don't beat yourself up in training or in evaluating your workouts and racing

4 - Recognize that your running ability is a result of many factors, not just how serious you are or how hard you push". Learning Humility from the Fastest Runners in the World


When it’s 29 degrees on a bank holiday Monday, the only place to take the dogs for their walk is the woods. It's too hot to run with them on days like this. Dogs can’t sweat and can only cool down through panting. If they’re too hot and unable to reduce their body temperature, they can develop heat stroke which is life threatening. Dogs with thick coats or brachycephalic breeds (the ones with very short fat faces, such as pugs or bulldogs) are more prone to heat stroke. If your dog has a high body temperature (more than 40 degrees) and is panting excessively, move to a cool shaded area immediately. Cool them with cool (not ice cold) water by draping a wet towel over them and get them to drink water. Heat stroke can be avoided by keeping out of the daytime sun if the temperature exceeds 25 degrees. Consider an early morning or evening walk instead. Stick to shaded areas and never, ever leave your dogs unattended in a car where the temperature can rise rapidly.


Week 1 of Getting Stronger to Go Longer for this group of clients. They’re developing their conditioning so their bodies can take the additional demands they ask of them when they go longer and faster. They’ve asked that I get them ready for 10K and possibly more, with some keen beans wanting to push their pace. Running for a longer duration, at a quicker clip, can quickly lead to injuries if there’s a weakness in the chassis, so it’s a good idea to find these spots now and address them. They’re also focusing on cadence now so that they move around the optimum of 180 steps per minute from the beginning. It’s easier to ingrain a good habit at the start than iron out a bad one later on. Start as you mean to go on.


Runner's World

Two Vizslas here. 🏃🏻‍♀️🐶🐶

Find the pooch that fits your running lifestyle. 🐶 14/04/2018

RUN UNITE-7K Razorback Run- lululemon Guildford

Spring has finally arrived and with it comes lots of opportunities for fun outdoors, including this lululemon event. Meet at the shop in Tunsgate, Guildford on Sunday 27th May from 4:30pm for a 5:00pm start. Come prepared for a social paced 7K run through the Chantry Woods. Afterwards, you can indulge in refreshments and shopping with 20% discount in store. Sign up on eventbrite and secure yourself a spot before they all go. Join lululemon on a glorious Run through the Chantries of guildford. 4:30pm Guildford 7km round trip Lead by Wendy Roberts and David Corrie, united we run together and celebrate our incredible surroundings. Snacks, social and 20%off after the run at the Guildford store.


How One Wrong Turn Changed Jim Walmsley's Career

The heart warming story of Jim Walmsley, an exceptionally talented ultra-runner who suffers from depression and for whom running is his medication.

From 9MindAsylum, "Lighting The Fire: Wrong Turns" tells the story of Jim Walmsley's eventful start in the sport of ultrarunning. After being honorably disch...


Fast Running

parkrun is for everyone... even the fast runners.


Kerry Sutton - Perpetual Motion

You have to move it, to lose it. Here’s the reason why.

Interesting... never thought about where fat goes when you loose it!!!! 17/03/2018

Periods: the barometer to hormone health

The discourse is changing and for the better. Traditionally, the accepted narrative has been to accept a loss of periods as part of training hard to develop as an endurance athlete. Common in many sports where a slender aesthetic is ideal, the damage it can cause often isn’t addressed until it is too late. Then, difficulty in conceiving and poor bone density, giving the frame of a person decades older, become a reality. The current trend for clean eating can be as harmful as it can be helpful in the pursuit of health. The discussion around RED-S therefore provides a welcome shift in the perception of what it means to train and race as an endurance athlete, and how to run strong for long. Following the class of 2018 post “the P word” Anna Boniface spoke to Dr Nicky Keay to learn from her expertise on periods, athlete hormones and the role of the contraceptive pill. Dr Nicky Keay is no stranger to Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). The sports endocrinologist has extensiv...

Our Story

As an athlete and coach I have always been fascinated by the psychology of wellbeing, performance and achievement. My interest in the power of the mind to impact on an athlete's wellbeing and performance drove me to complete a postgraduate degree in psychology and, more recently, embark upon a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.

Positive psychology is the science of human flourishing and achievement which offers a vast array of resources which I am able to tap into to help individuals find the performance they seek. The skills and insights I can share with you are especially useful in these uncertain times we live in, and are as applicable to those outside the world of sport as those within it. My research interests focus on how embodiment and flow states can offer you a route to greater wellbeing and productivity. My focus is currently on developing our understanding of a Taoist concept called wu wei which is, I believe, accessible to anyone regardless of background, circumstances and where you are life. In all cases, my work (through research and coaching) is geared to help you to reach your goals and flourish. Please do get in touch for a free introductory chat to see if the time is right for you.

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