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Monday, 22 December 2014

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John Hastings

878 reasons why Cumbria is the most generous county BAR NONE

It's been a hectic several weeks for me - both at work and socially - so I cannot apologise enough for the delay in my latest blog post, which is more of a "catch up".

As you know, I finished last in my fourth Great Cumbrian Run at Carlisle in October, but did so in a personal best time AND completed with NO wrong turns this time.... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: December 4, 2014

1 man, 13.1 miles, 2 charities – and NO wrong turns this year

On Sunday, October 5, I shall be at Carlisle Castle alongside thousands others lining up and ready to start the 32nd annual Great Cumbrian Run.

You may recall that I finished last year's race in just over five hours – a journey which included a young lad buying me a bottle of orange in Botcherby and of course taking two wrong... [more] (1 comment)

By John Hastings
Published: September 22, 2014

World Cup glory can lead to blooming new era for England's "Roses"

After 20 long years and three heartbreaking final defeats, England's ladies finally claimed their second Rugby World Cup - and in the process unlocked a new dawn in the game.

Unlike their male counterparts, the women's game in England remains amateur to the core, with most of the squad in full time work (plumber, teacher, police officer... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: August 22, 2014

Back in full time employment - an experience beyond satisfaction

It's been some time since my last blog but for one worthy reason.

As of Monday, the 23rd of June, I finally ended 153 days of darkness on the dole when I started a new job in Workington as an administration assistant.

Since I was released from my previous job in Carlisle, the five months I endured looking for work were even worse... [more] (3 comments)

By John Hastings
Published: August 7, 2014

Proud to be part of Cumbria’s biggest ever Rainbow Of Togetherness

The fourth annual Cumbria Pride in Carlisle - and the first held "open air" - will be fondly remembered for many a day by one and all who were there.

Just as you don't have to be an animal to support animal rights, so you need not be gay to support LGBT rights and I am fundamentally proud to call myself a straight ally with so many gay... [more] (1 comment)

By John Hastings
Published: June 17, 2014
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Christmas gift and food shopping all finished?

Not started. I always join the Christmas eve rush.

Ages ago. I like to be organised.

Don't know. I leave it all to the wife.

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