When I was nine and at primary school, my dad took me to my first football match at the Victoria Ground, Stoke. There were no boys in our family but dad and I were close and often went on expeditions, so it was natural for him to include me in his football excursions. Sometimes we went on the train from our home in Meir, sometimes on the bus, and sometimes we cycled.
Sporting Stories writes: Thank you to Spoz, our Potters 'Arf poet, and to artist Colin Faulkner for allowing us to share this great poem and drawing on climbing. See more locally-inspired poems from Spoz, plus other writing on the Potters 'Arf , here.
I didn’t mean to cycle from Land’s End to John O Groats. I foolishly told a cycling friend that I’d always wanted to do it when I was younger, and before I’d fully realised what was happening, we were planning to do it together in 2014. She was celebrating her 60th birthday, and at 68 I was just hoping to keep up.
Earlier in the summer my brother and I travelled over to Nottingham to take part in the first of this year’s British Nordic Walking Challenge Events. The event was set in the leafy suburbs, at the 500 hundred acre Wollaton Deer Park, with a spectacular backdrop of an Elizabethan Mansion Hall (which was actually used as a setting in the 2012 Batman Film – Dark Night Rises).