My 2020 Challenges: Manchester Marathon & Machu Picchu

My 2020 Challenges: Manchester Marathon & Machu Picchu

This year marks 10 years since I had life-changing surgery on my spine to correct my scoliosis. I had scoliosis surgery on July 29th 2010. I’m fused T3 to L3, which basically means that pretty much my whole spine is fused apart from 3 discs at the bottom. Following my surgery, it took me over a year to fully recover and I had to learn the basics again such as walking and getting out of bed. It was a very painful...Read More
Scoliosis Awareness Day 2019: Back the Back Walk

Scoliosis Awareness Day 2019: Back the Back Walk

This Scoliosis Awareness Day (June 30th, 2019) I'm very excited to be taking part in the Back the Back Walk. This is an event organised by Freya, who also has scoliosis, to raise awareness of scoliosis, as well as some much needed funds for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity and Scoliosis Campaign Fund. The RNOH Charity raises money to help the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore provide world-class care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to support the hospital's pioneering...Read More
Walking the South West Coast Path

Walking the South West Coast Path

Walking the South West Coast Path: My experiences Ever since my experience of trekking the Great Wall of China last year, I have wanted to go on another trekking holiday. Not only do I love walking and hiking, I also find it helps my back whilst keeping me fit. Plus it's a great way to relax and reflect. So this year, I decided to push myself (again!) and my friend and I took on the South West Coast path in...Read More
Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself following my scoliosis surgery, and this weekend was no exception. Yesterday, I completed my first Tough Mudder – a 10 mile mud run with 20 obstacles that you have to see to believe! The obstacles are extreme and include electrocution, being plunged into ice-cold water, swimming/wading through freezing cold lakes, crawling through the mud under barbed wire, climbing (or being pulled!) over huge 12 foot walls – the list goes on! With...Read More
6 month goal review

6 month goal review

So it's July already, which means that half the year has gone... nooooo! It always makes me panic how fast time goes, and the fact that it is now July has got me thinking about my goals I set back in January and where I'm up to with them. I thought I'd write a quick post to sum up what I've achieved in the last 6 months, and what I'd like to achieve in the next 6 months. (It's more...Read More
Trekking the Great Wall of China: What to wear

Trekking the Great Wall of China: What to wear

This post contains affiliate links If you've been following my blog for a while, you may know that last year I took part in a trek across the Great Wall of China to raise some much needed money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Since then, I have been asked on several occasions about what to take and wear whilst trekking the Great Wall, so I thought I'd put a bit of a post together based on my own experiences. Trekking the...Read More
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Firstly, I would like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year :-) I cannot believe that it is 2018, seriously where is the time going? I always use this time of year to set myself some goals for the year ahead as I find it really helps to motivate me. I also look back at the previous year and reflect on what I've achieved. If you have been following my blog, you'll know that 2017...Read More
Wow… I’ve raised £1,420 for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund!

Wow… I’ve raised £1,420 for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund!

Hi everyone, Just a quick post to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me for my Great Wall of China Trek. I managed to raise an amazing £1,420 (including gift aid) for the Scoliosis campaign fund!!! My fundraising page is closing tomorrow so if anyone would like to make a last minute donation there’s still time 😊... it means so much to me that I managed to complete the trek and raise so much money for a charity close...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek: Day 5 – Badaling section

Great Wall of China Trek: Day 5 – Badaling section

So we're now onto day 5, the final day of the trek and my final post about my Great Wall of China trek for scoliosis. In case you are new to my blog or have missed any posts, I’m blogging about my Great Wall of China trek that I did to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign fund a few weeks ago. If you want to catch up, you can check out my other posts below… Great Wall of China Trek: Day...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek Day 4: Huanghuacheng

Great Wall of China Trek Day 4: Huanghuacheng

Hi everyone, I'm slowly making my way through blogging about my Great Wall of China trek that I did to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign fund a few weeks ago. If you want to catch up, check out the posts below... Great Wall of China Trek: Day 1 – Jinshanling Loop Great Wall of China Trek: Day 2 – Gubeikou Section Great Wall of China Trek: Day 3 – Mutianyu section By doing this trek, I have managed to...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek: Day 3 – Mutianyu section

Great Wall of China Trek: Day 3 – Mutianyu section

Hi everyone, After posting about day 1 and day 2 of my Great Wall of China trek last week, I've finally had chance to sit down and write day 3. It still doesn't feel real like I actually did it! I'm so pleased that by doing this trek I have managed to raise OVER £1,000 for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund! I’m going to leave my sponsor page open for donations until the end of November, so if you’d like to donate and support...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek: Day 2 – Gubeikou Section

Great Wall of China Trek: Day 2 – Gubeikou Section

After a good nights sleep we all awoke - stiff and in pain from all the steep steps of day 1 - and hobbled down to breakfast. Today we were walking to the start point on the Gubeikou wall and so no need to get the coach, although the coach would be waiting at the end of the walk, so after breakfast we had to pack all our stuff and put it on the coach ready. We also made our...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek: Day 1 – Jinshanling Loop

Great Wall of China Trek: Day 1 – Jinshanling Loop

Hi guys! Well I'm back from China and what a fabulous experience it was. I wanted to write a blog post each day I was there but I didn't have my laptop in China and so I thought I'd write a day by day update now I'm back. Overall, I had an amazing time and met some truly inspirational people, who all had personal challenges to overcome. Fitness wise, it was challenging but surprisingly I didn't find it too bad....Read More
My Great Wall of China Trek is Tomorrow!!!

My Great Wall of China Trek is Tomorrow!!!

Hi Just a quick post tonight! I cannot believe that my Great Wall of China trek for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund is tomorrow. I'm so nervous it's unbelievable. I have been packing and stressing tonight and I'm worried that I have forgotten to pack something. I'm also worried about what's to come and because I'm going by myself. Eeek! It's totally outside of my comfort zone. It's also quite exciting though and I'm looking forward to seeing China and pushing...Read More
Walking the Snowdon Pyg Track

Walking the Snowdon Pyg Track

As some of you may or may not know, in October I will be trekking the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund! I'm excited and terrified all at the same time but what better way to prepare than to hike up a mountain. So on Sunday, that's exactly what I did! I hiked up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Now, I have done this trek a couple of times before and so...Read More