May 2021

Welcome to this month’s Brolly Good Ideas newsletter.


I hope that the rather gloomy bank-holiday weather hasn’t dampened your start to May too much. I have to say that my plants have enjoyed the soaking and I’m still feeling fairly successful in the garden: the proof will be in the eating though, and that’s a few months away yet!

April seems to have whizzed by in a flash. Tilehurst Runs Together sessions are going well and I’ve just introduced an absolute beginners’ course. This will be a bit like Couch to 5k, but we’ll be aiming to run for 30 minutes and getting into some excellent fitness/running habits along the way. It would be fantastic to see you on Tuesdays at 1pm or Thursdays at 9.30am: perhaps a good lunchtime break if you’re still working from home or something just for you after the school-run?!

There are several 1:1 athletes training with me at the moment. They’ve a range of goals, including regaining fitness after a few lockdown months on the sofa and consistent 10k running. I love working with people individually because it gives me a great opportunity to get to know them, motivate them in the ways that suit them and give them a nudge when they need it. If you think you might want to give it a try, do get in touch and we’ll arrange something soon.

Aside from that, I’ve been working with schools in the UK, Nepal, Lebanon and Egypt on various wellbeing projects with the British Council. It’s interesting work and really cements my belief that children need adults to champion them, whatever their life circumstances.

Keep refilling your wellbeing buckets and I hope to see you soon.

Happy May!

Book Run 30

Absolute beginners’ running course

Book Tilehurst Runs Together

Something for runners of any ability


The last few weeks have been a great opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. It’s been lovely, if a little daunting, to get back together in a (cold and wet, let’s be honest!) pub garden or two. I’ve offered my coaching clothing “no gaps” rule to my friends who are reaping the benefits of not allowing in a draft!

While it’s been great to get back together again, it’s also a bit strange. Even though I’ve kept in good touch with most of my friends, it feels like we’re meeting again for the first time. I’m relearning the etiquette of group conversations and making eye contact (neither of which have ever been fortes of mine!), while listening carefully to how they really are.

I know that lots of people aren’t relishing returning to group situations. My advice is start small and be honest with your friends. We’re all a bit discombobulated, so everyone will understand.


Over the last month, I’ve been back helping at Reading Roadrunners in Palmer Park. I’ve been coaching weekly strength sessions for a group of athletes with a huge range of experiences. Whatever their starting points, we’re all aiming for the same thing – to run well for as many years as possible! With Roadrunners’ members still running well into their 80s, it’s a goal we can certainly achieve. What are your long-term goals?

And finally…

Locally, this last month seems to have been all about bluebells.

Sulham Woods and surrounds are well-known for their fabulous display and this year they have seemed even more vibrant than usual.

Blog posts of interest…