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Setting goals now life is abo...

They say that life begins at 40 so by that reckoning my life begins this Sunday when I reach the four decade milestone. So is reaching this milestone a period for celebration, reflection or maybe refocus? Simply put it’s all of these things. Reaching th...

Has British sport ever had it...

Are we living in Golden Age of British sport? Following on from the success in the Olympics in 2012, it’s like Britannia has just continued to ride this wave of success. Recently we’ve seen British success in Le Tour thanks to Kenyan born Chris Froome w...

I want to ride my bicycle...

Recently I entered my first ever bike event, completing a 50 mile Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool bike ride. I’d foolishly agreed to take part after two friends asked me to take part with them. “Come along Si,” they said. “It’s just a casual ride, nothing c...

How bad a loser are you?

What sport really winds you up when you play? For me the two sports guaranteed to reduce me to a Basil Fawlty-type meltdown are tennis and golf. I’m ashamed to admit I’m not a good loser. I’ve attempted to launch clubs into orbit after a wayward shot, a...

Sports participation inevitab...

When was the last time you picked up a tennis racket? What are the chances of you picking up one in the next couple of weeks? As the traditional Wimbledon fortnight approaches, many of you will be dusting off the old Dunlop Maxply or Fila Wud in the hop...

Five sports that didn't quite...

In a guest spot in this week’s blog Andy Yates gives the lowdown on those sports that the International Olympic Committee deemed not suitable for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. Baseball-Softball, Wrestling and Squash were the lucky sports earmarke...

Why old timers still have so ...

When bringing down the curtain on a glorious career there must always be the doubt of whether it’s the right time to go. Some top names in the football world will be bowing out in the next few weeks after nearly two decades of plying their trade on the ...

Why the race must be run

It would seem inappropriate for me to witter on in this blog about something trivial, rather than the sad events that unfolded in Boston earlier this week. To say I was shocked and saddened was an understatement. The shock soon turned to anger and then,...

Tips for you first time Virgi...

The time that many of you have been looking forward to/dreading (delete as appropriate) has nearly arrived so I thought I’d share a few things based on my experience of running the very first Virgin London Marathon in 2010. It’s seems from the forums an...

Rafa's return is good for ten...

There are comebacks and then there are glorious comebacks. Not the type when a team come back to grasp victory from the jaws of defeat, but rather a comeback after a long long injury lay-off when most people had written the sporting hero off as a crock....

By failing to prepare, you ar...

‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’ said Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers. You could imagine one the current ‘fathers’ of English cricket thinking exactly the same as as seriously undercooked England were skittled out for a ...

It's not the taking part but ...

Britons have always loved those who give it go. Eddie the Eagle Edwards, recent winner of celebrity diving comp Splash, wasn’t much cop at sailing through the air with two skis attached, yet we took him to our hearts back at the Winter Olympics in 1988....

Wrestling with an Olympic dec...

Since when have Olympic sports been included in the Games based on popularity? If popularity were the criteria then for starters you'd expect to see cricket, with all it's popularity in the subcontinent and beyond, also present. So then we come to the d...

Women cricketers playing the ...

There’s a world cup going on don’t you know, yet the slamming shut of a window of transferring overpaid bag of wind kickers hogs the limelight. The world cup in question being the Women’s World Cup, has barely registered in the sporting column inches an...

Why cycling to work just isn'...

At a time when people are falling over themselves to make and break resolutions in equal measure, the one resolution I’d really like to make I just am not willing to do because I’m not willing to put my life on the line. For me I’d just love to cycle i...

Is Armstrong just the tip of ...

Imagine a scenario where many of the sporting greats were stripped of their titles and we were left with great blanks in the annals of sporting winners. The stripping of Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour wins makes you wonder just how many others have g...

Why let the weather decide a ...

Ah the weather, that great topic of conversation that just refuses to go away, and so it proved with the Cricket World Twenty20 where the Irish were once again the recipients of some poor fortune care of the cricketing and weather gods. Needing a win in...

Hillsborough: The truth will out

For this week's blog I wrestled with topic options, after all so much has happened in the last week. Ordinarily a British Grand Slam winner or amazing success at the Paralympics would have demanded utmost attention, but then something extraordinary happ...

Dare we ignore this stadium f...

Not many sportmen and women can be deemed stadium fillers – possessing the kind of ability (or sometimes just swagger or reputation) that means that punters are willing to drop everything to see them perform. They come along in individual sports perhaps...

Snub for our Olympians?

Traditionally, athletes who have won a gold medal at the Olympics could expect to be honoured in the Queen’s Birthday or New Year’s honours. There would be no Sir Steve or Dame Kelly without their Olympic success. It has become a large part of the way ...

Highlight of the Olympic Game...

There’s nothing quite like the ending of the Olympics to give you that emotional ‘back to school’ feeling you had when your summer holidays had drawn to a close. Like the long summer break the Olympics seemed to run and run with so much crammed into tho...

After the gold rush

It would be fair to say that these Olympics have thus far been spectacular. From the startling opening ceremony through to the hiigh class performances from the home Olympians, the public have not been let down in this spectacular gold-tinged first week...

Getting it wrong with flags a...

London 2012 organisers scored the most almighty of own goals when the wrong flag was displayed on stadium screens as the North Korean women’s team warmed up before their opening match. In showing the South Korean flag instead of the North Korean (when t...

An Olympic shot at redemption...

How much would an Olympic gold soften the blow of missing out Wimbledon? For a teary Andy Murray the Olympic tennis tournament might come too soon for him to have recovered mentally from the torture of a fourth Grand Slam final defeat – but on the other...