Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a lovely day, whether celebrating with friends and family or enjoying some peace and quiet at home. As the year draws to a close I always like to take time to look back and reflect on the things I’ve achieved – while my blog doesn’t showcase everything I’ve done this year, its always a great reminder. The year flies by so fast that we often don’t appreciate how much we’ve managed to pack into the twelve months!
And if you’ve missed any of my blog posts this year, here’s a quick way to check out the ones that might be of interest – just click on the links below…
January – I selected my word for 2018, which was Breathe.
February – I attended the launch event in the New Forest after becoming an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion, something which has shaped a lot of my activities throughout the rest of 2018.
March – James and I enjoyed a rather snowy weekend in the Peak District, so I shared my top tips for winter adventures.
April – A glamping weekend in Somerset staying in the fantastic Brake Carriage, near Cheddar Gorge.
May – The weather finally warmed up enough for a mountain biking trip to Swinley Forest. This is definitely on my list again for next year!
June –A review of one of my favourite bits of kit this year, the Quechua Air Seconds 4.1 XL inflatable tent.
August – The weather was gloriously sunny and hot throughout the summer, pretty warm for cycling but I managed to tick off the Milton Keynes 50k and Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival as well as completing RideLondon 100 for the third time – definitely not in the sunshine!
September – Believe it or not, it took until September for me to complete my first running race of the year, the Kew Gardens 10k. I also wrote up our family summer holiday to the Peak District, staying in a caravan near Buxton.
October – The annual family weekend at Centerparcs this year coincided with National GetOutside Day, the perfect excuse for lots of outdoor activities. Then as the season turned to autumn, I dusted off my trail running shoes and took on the Maverick Oxfordshire Trail Race. I’m eyeing up a few more of their events next year too!
November – Throughout 2018 I’ve had the opportunity to speak at Countryfile Live, South West Outdoor Festival and do an interview on BBC Three Counties Radio.
December – The last month of the year and a recap of my longest running challenge in 2018, the Great South Run. We then enjoyed a final winter getaway glamping in the Lake District, in a beautiful shepherds hut.
What’s been your 2018 highlight?