For those who haven’t seen this 220 magazine article from 2013 is well worth a read.
Food for thought
Attached is my response to the UK’s Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity’s recent call for evidence on increasing participation in physical activity, with parkrun as a case study. It’s rather long, but I hope it makes for interesting reading!
This is written in response to the Department for Education’s recent guidelines on behaviour and discipline in schools, in which it states that ‘extra physical activity such as running around a playing field’ could be used as a disciplinary measure.
The health, educational and societal benefits of physical activity are known and unequivocal. School is the one place where everybody gets the opportunity to take part in physical activity and, as such, has an important role in the development of a lifelong sporting habit.
The House of Commons Education Committee, in its report “ School sport following London 2012: No more political football” recognised school sport as a driver for improved health and educational outcomes, as well as helping …
I’m not known as being a good cook (salad is my speciality), nor am I vegan/vegetarian, a raw person or intolerant of anything (except perhaps intolerance) I just like to mess around with flavours and ingredients. Sometimes successfully, but usually the experiment turns into a complete, inedible mush that you would only feed to your dustbin (= ‘trash can’ for the American reader).
Despite the culinary incompetence for which I am famed, this mornings ‘experiment’ was rather more successful, and resulted in what I have called a “breakfast pancake pile of deliciousness”.
Bear in mind that the quantities of each ingredient are totally approximate, and that I cannot be held responsible if your version of the BPPoD doesn’t …
Happy new year to you all! Hope you celebrated in style and are looking forward to an amazing 2014, full of challenges, goals, fun and laughter.
In response to some requests on Twitter, I thought i would republish my ‘A to a Q’ I received for my column in 220 Magazine - all about body confidence ….
I am new to the Triathlon scene and what bothers me more than the actual race is the worry of not being comfortable within myself when wearing my Tri suit. This is not vanity, otherwise I’d be fussing over what colour, or what make the ‘cool’ kids on the scene are wearing. No, this is more about wanting to change my mind set …
Dear Mr Jenkins,
As four-time World Ironman Champion, this letter is in response to your 17 September ‘Evening Standard’ article regarding the ITU World Championship event, held in London on 11-15 September.
My response is structured around your main assertions and comments, as highlighted below:
“I am all for London serving as an occasional venue for such public events”.
It would be useful for the reader, politicians and sports’ governing bodies if you could elaborate on the criteria that would, in your view, make for a worthwhile public event.
The Notting Hill Carnival is held annually, affecting West London communities – yet is also rightly valued as a cultural celebration that is of immense social and economic importance. Equally, …
There is a clamouring for free, easy to access, community led, sociable, activities for all the family. parkrun is one such offering. Here are just some of the reasons why I have become involved in the organisation, and am leading the development of the series for juniors (4-14yr olds) across the UK.
I read this BBC report today with interest.
It tells of falling participation in physical activity and sport amongst women and growing disengagement of young girls, in the UK. This is based on a study undertaken by University College London, in 2008-9.
The researchers found just 51% of the 6,500 children they monitored achieved the recommended hour of physical activity each day. For girls, the figure was just 38%, compared with 63% for boys.
Granted this was 5 yrs ago and hopefully much has changed since then, and especially following the 2102 Olympics.
But we don’t need statistics to tell us of the deep rooted, endemic problem. We only have look around us to see sedentary lifestyles, social unrest, …
I have been promoted to write this blog for a number of reasons.
First was the email I received this morning from a very close friend with the words, “We cannot lose a single day in changing the world“. Second, was another email I received from an amazingly passionate person asking for suggestions for how he could put his desire to help others to practical use. Third, with today being the Anniversary of the opening of the London Olympics, it reminds us all of the invaluable part played by the volunteers – the amazing “Games Makers” – in making the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics the greatest sporting event the world has ever seen.
And last, I took a …
Getting your nutrition right – what you eat and when – will have a big impact on your race result. Obviously this is more important the longer the triathlon, so its important for all athletes to spend time thinking about and (hopefully!) practicing before race day to minimize the risk of GI distress or bonking (fun, but not in the tri context!).
Nutrition and hydration are very individual: what works for one may not work for another. Much comes down to your own physiology, the course and conditions, palatability, (in)tolerances and race duration. Think about each of these aspects; as well as aid station provision (and whether you’ll use it). Training and racing are times for learning and refinement. Use …