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Adult learning to ride a bike

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 15:14

My husband learnt to ride a bike in his late 40s - he was the youngest of 4 children and his parents were fed up of having bikes around that his older siblings didn't ride, so when he came along they didn't get him one and he didn't learn to ride!  He also lived in London, but still. Total dereliction of parental duty - there are certain things that kids must learn to do and swimming and riding a bike are two of them.

Anyway he found a local teacher (we're in Hampshire, he learnt with a guy in Reigate but since then I've seen a lot more websites locally).  I would have thought that at least some of your local schools run the bikeability scheme and the people who do that will probably teach adults as well.  My husband said that the teacher did say something to him that was like a lightbulb moment - and he learnt to ride in an hour and a half. He's not confident at all and will only ride in a park with nobody around, but at least he can balance and managed to ride a few miles along a cycle path in Jersey last summer on a hired bike. Try the bikeability website or the CTC or similar - I am sure someone will help.

Race cancellations and consumer rights

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:46

Unfair contract terms are unenforceable in consumer contracts so I am sure that you could get your money back by the strict letter of the law.  But if you pay say £20, you're not going to go to court are you? If you've paid £200 to enter an ultra run then maybe you would.

It also amazes me how many race organisers say that they will not be liable for injury. If the injury is caused by their negligence, they are liable and it is actually a criminal offence to exclude liability for personal injury or death caused by your negligence, not merely an unfair term.  But it's in most race entry forms.

A question about discrimination in the workplace

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:03

Most of the places I've worked have been first come first served for holidays, not whether you have kids or not.  So if you've got school-aged kids, you have to organise yourself and book early.  That doesn't seem unreasonable to me (I tend to plan things anyway so it's never been a problem for me to make sure I book May half term week early for example). If I get beaten to it, I just have to find a different week.

I work from home - I go into the office one day a week.  My husband works full time in the office but does 3 longer days and 2 shorter days so that he can get home early to be there for our son when he gets home from school. Although I am now based at home, he's kept that working pattern.  But we both do office jobs.  It's difficult to work from home if you are a teacher in a school, or work in a library or a factory etc.  But there's no reason to be stuck in an office if you can work from home.  I am far more efficient when I don't have to waste half the day commuting.

British 10k

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 19:50

Next year it appears to be taking place on a Monday.  Are we getting an extra bank holiday?

Welcome to RunHub

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:30

What's happened to the leaderboard, it doesn't seem to be showing at all - or is just my computer?

Black toenails!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 11:57

I had a black toenail last October and it took until May this year to fall off.  I didn't go to the doctors with it, but I have to say that if you look at any of the US websites they give you dire warnings about gangrene if you don't get it looked at!  I put a couple of plasters over mine and went running only a couple of days after it happened, when I would have gone running again in any event.  I had to make sure I kept it well "packaged" for a couple of weeks.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 11:26

I don't live on Jersey but I go there on holiday and was wondering if there have been any moves to start a parkrun over there?  


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 17:52

Usually you just need the number but I have entered races where you had to show the race licence to get the £2 discount on the day, or send a photocopy with a postal entry. So I'd join your club sooner rather than later.

Bournemouth marathon festival

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:26
Piers wrote (see)

There's a rumour that they are hemorrhaging entries and by not publishing results no-one knows how few people entered. 

They have made extravagant claims "2nd biggest marathon" "fastest marathon" and without all the results you can't disabuse them.


Actually you can. Complain to the Advertising Standards Authority. It has jurisdiction over claims made on websites. So if they are claiming they are the second biggest UK marathon but people think it is actually Brighton tell the ASA that. If they think the complaint has merit they will investigate and they can insist on the figures. All advertising claims that are capable of objective substantiation must be supported by evidence. The ASA does not have a lot of teeth but it publishes its findings and an upheld complaint is embarrassing. 

Nice UK marathons

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:28

I thought the New Forest event had been cancelled this year. Loch Ness, Jersey, Guernsey, Farnham Pilgrims, Bacchus (last two also have a half marathon option) may be worth considering.

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