Archive for Jon North

Day 355:10 out of 10!!

10 days to go and its a Friday and the family is away, what to do I sat at home and cooked myself dinner then took a trip up to the shops for some Cider, I thought film and booze on the sofa (still in my pants!!) was the way forward!! I returned from shopping and popped down to see my lovely niece Millie moo as it was her birthday yesterday and she had had a day at London Zoo, so I had a piece of her lovely Frozen cake and then left and went for my run a pleasant 3 miles in milder conditions than of recent weeks!!

Tonight I ran with Becky and we had a nice chat whilst running my 3 miles it is always nice to run with someone other than me!! Thanks for the run enjoyed it!!

John and I are organising a last run in Grove a week today Friday the 15/8/14 at Grove RFC and we will be running a 3 miles route with approx 20 odd people who want to run with us and anyone is more than welcome we will also be enjoying some brilliant rehydration techniques afterwards so if you don’t fancy running and want to buy myself and John a pint please come along!!

I ate my dinner of very spicy rice and chicken (very spicy because Sharon was away and I could make it as hot as I like!!) and then flicked through for a film nothing took my fancy so I decided to shower and go to the pub!!! A lovely evening with some of the rugby lads came home a little drunk!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1136
Miles to go:-41
Shoes: Asics GT3000

Day 354: 11 to go!!

I love a good rant its good for the soul, I got off my chest yesterday some angst and feel better, Today was a Thursday and John and I went for our first run together in an absolute age!! I think since April and without checking I would say probably when Millie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes!! so as we are organising this last village run next Friday we decided to plan a route as I felt running around the field was going to be very boring and believe me I’ve done enough boring runs on this challenge to last me a life time!!

So we plotted a route from the rugby club that involves the minimum of road crossings and isn’t too unpleasant(so its very flat!!) actually midway through writing this I have realised that we did this yesterday but I was too busy ranting!!! Anyway nice run cheers bro!!!

So onto today and it was quite when I got home after work as Sharon had taken the kids away camping for the weekend!! When I came through the door there was silence and it was bliss!! I did all the things as men we are not supposed to do I went to the loo with the door open, I left the toilet seat up, I left my cup in the middle of the floor, I didn’t wash up or tidy up, I sat on the sofa in my pants and watched what I liked on the TV and this was great for about an hour and then I was bored, no rows, no bickering, no nagging (I didn’t miss this bit!!) and no discussions on the football transfer market!!! I went to bed after watching a boring film called Pain and Gain I don’t recommend it as it was dull and turgid!! It is based on a true story which makes it even worse!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1133
Miles to go: -38
Shoes:Asics GT3000

Day 353: 12 to go and a little rant!!


I hate selfish people, it all about them, they are the priority and sod everyone around them. They cleverly try to be all things to all people but in fact they are only thinking of themselves. They slate everyone behind there backs and then are really nice about them to there face. I personally am not selfish I tend to put others first and it pisses my beloved off. I work with some very selfish people and all they care about is their end of the stick and as long as I am holding the shitty end then all is ok, as soon as I try to get them to help or even complete there part of the job I am being difficult and they think that shouting louder than me will win the argument well here is the thing the only thing that ever wins an argument is fact not anything else ever just pure old FACT so shut up gobbing off and get it done and if you are one of those selfish people that purely care about themselves change its not too late!!!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1130
Miles to go:35
Shoes: Asics GT3000

Day 352: 13 to go!!

Kids are a pain in the backside, I am happy my career wasn’t in teaching because I think I would have killed a few by now so all Kudos to teachers you have my admiration and respect you have the patience of the saints! It is summer holidays in the North house so Sharon is juggling childcare with work and trying to keep the kids amused at the same time an unenviable job. I come home every night to a stroppy 11 year old, an over irritating 9 year old and a tired 6 year old so the summer holidays are not that much fun as everyone seems to fall out!! I have in general well behaved and polite kids because if they are not they get the proverbial clip round the ear, no child is ever perfect despite what some parents like to tell you. They are all characters, they have different wants and needs, they have different levels of love needed, they are all mischievous and a little naughty at times, they love to wind each other up and blame each other for stuff and that is the start of the problems because they don’t know when to stop. They are my kids and I love them unconditionally I just don’t like them very much…………..

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1130
Miles to go:-35
Shoes: Asics GT3000

Day 351: 14 Days left

Well well!! I have only 14 days left and I am not one to gloat but it seems like nearly a year had passed since I started this challenge!!! It has bored a few people, some people actually have said they will miss my blogs so all in all a good year of spouting my shit on the world. Blogging is quite therapeutic it enables you to vent your frustration about all sorts of things, it is your opinion and only yours and everyone is entitled to an opinion. I have never been afraid to be blunt and honest if you don’t like my opinion don’t read it simple!! I have found the everyday blogging quite tough hence why I always seem to be slightly behind the pace but I will catch up as I only have a short period of time left.

I might start my own blog page as it is therapeutic but certainly will not be doing it everyday!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed: 1127
Miles to go:-32
Shoes: Asics GT3000

Day 350: Sunday at my Mum’s

Its been a couple of months since I saw Mum and Dad, busy life I lead, so we headed up to their house just North of Banbury for Sunday dinner. It was a nice day so we sat in the garden for dinner it was lovely to catch up with the family and see my sister in law and my nieces. I hadn’t run and had planned to run while I was up there but time and dinner stopped me from running so I had to delay until I returned to the shire!!

We arrived home at about 8.30pm and I then faffed around until nearly 11 when I was told in no uncertain terms to go for “my bloody run” so I did and it was a nice steady run. I like Sundays like this.

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1124
Miles to go:-29
Shoes: Asics GT3000

Day 349: Saturdays!

I am dreading football start as I am really enjoying not getting up and rushing about on a Saturday and Sunday morning, I do love taking the boys and coaching the Under 11’s (now Under 12’s) but it is a huge commitment as you are there every week come rain or shine supporting your boys and helping others to improve and learn to be part of a team. I have played team sports all my life and since retiring from Rugby a couple of season ago I have greatly missed the banter involved in playing rugby or any other team sport that I used to be involved in. I would love to make a comeback and play one more season as I am fitter than I have been ever, but my body just can’t take the hits any more! I am currently suffering from a dislocated shoulder that I did in the middle of April and then re dislocated in July!!! So currently undergoing physio for my shoulder and we will have to see how it goes!!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1121
Miles to go: -26
Shoes: Asics GT3000

Day 348: I love Fridays

Its Friday and we are nearing the end of the challenge just over 2 weeks to go, I don’t know if its psychological but things start to hurt that haven’t hurt before my left knee is sore and my right ankle not bad enough not to run but just achy. I have subsequently manned up and got on with it, I have had lots of thoughts about what to do after this challenge and I am leaning towards copying the legend that is Steve Morris and possibly having a go at triathlon but that’s up for a debate with the beloved!!!

I have overall enjoyed the challenge and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to drive them, my worry is what I will do next as I am by nature a lazy bugger!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1118
Miles to go: -23
Shoes:Asics GT3000

Day 347: Newbies!!

Jon North is fundraising for Cancer Research UK.

When we started this challenge there was only 1 lunatic in the asylum and as we have gone through the course of the challenge a few others have joined in Ger who is only a couple of weeks behind then Kate and Dave who are both over halfway through and still going strong and then there was a gap to Nathan, now, Nathan and I go way back to formative years and he was one of the first people I met at secondary school and we were pretty much partners in crime through the school spending many days in detention and always in trouble. Nathan used to blame me for everything but I never blamed anyone for my choices in life and it appears he is starting to blame me again in his blogs, really I thought you’d have got over it by now!!! joking aside he has just coming up to the 50 day mark and I am really pleased he has undertaken the challenge. Then the real Newbies Chad, Bong and the shiny Andrew who have all recently started so good luck guys and girls and just get out there grin and bear it even when you have serious CBA (for those that are new its can’t be arsed syndrome!!) Proud to be a 1095 miler!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1115
Miles to go:-20
Shoes: Asics GT3000

Day 346: Planning the final run!!

It turns out that I can think well sort of, A number of people have expressed an interest in running the last run with John and I but we are off to Liverpool to honour a promise to a fellow 1095 miler Stephen Marsden who started the challenge on the same day and is the root cause of us doing the challenge!!

As I said I have been thinking so I decided to organise a last run in our village followed by some drinks in the Rugby club, I set up an event on Facebook and have had a surprising response from some and a disappointing response from others!!! We have over 30 people attending some for the drinking and some for the running so if you are interested please come along to the rugby club we will run about 8pm for 3 miles and then retire for a social in the rugby club please come along as John and I are doing a small fundraising for charity John is collecting for The John Radcliffe charitable fund and I am collecting for cancer research which I asked Ben Nicholl who he would like me to raise for and this was his choice and I am proud to collect for him and others who are fighting cancer.
Here is my just giving page:

Jon's 1095 mile challenge/Oxford half marathon/- Your Pages – JustGiving.

Here is John’s:

John Newton is fundraising for Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds.

Please give whatever you can a few pounds would be greatly appreciated by both of us and we have run everyday for nearly a year now!!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:1112
Miles to go: -17
Shoes: Asics GT3000