The more I do, the more I enjoy

I reckon 8km is my minimum. Up until that point I am maybe running too fast, everything hurts, my lungs are bursting, my heart feels overworked and I’m feeling every bump.

Then I go, ah – marvellous. The next 10km I love. I’m relaxed, the legs feel unstoppable, I’m floating over rough ground and I feel like I’m smiling.

Then, inevitably I struggle. Everything gets tight. But I can keep going. It just hurts. But I like it.

Free treatment for statue acquired injuries.

Hopefully everyone is managing to meet thier training goals despite everything that is going on in the world. The ‘telehealth’ thing has been proving popular; knees and backs respond particulalry well. This is still free for all. Get your appointment while you can.

For those who need some actual hands on (shoulder and necks are particularly needy) I have returned to treatment at The Willow Brook Clinic. They are a big clinic and have instigated all the necessary safety protocols to keep everyone safe. This means scrubs, masks, eye wear and lots of cleaning for me. Hand gel and declaration signing for you.

Click the link for more info. Get in touch with them directly to book – or ring me of course.

Available now online booking is

This should make life a bit easier. You can now book directly – just click the button on the home page or the bookings page and all the options shown you will be.

There aren’t many as I’m only taking telehealth appointments currently. But these are good, AND still FREE. So if you’re undecided about whether its for you then now is a good time to try.

Impressed you may be

Lockdown half marathon

It can seem almost impossible to stay fit at the moment. I don’t really like the term “fit” – literally it means, “suitable for a purpose”. What purpose depends on many factors. It can also be off putting – trying to meet some standard set by god knows who.

I prefer the term “robust”. Can your body cope with your life? I occasionally ask mine to run a half marathon. Not too often recently but I know I can. That feels good.

Telehealth Appointments

We have been trialling tele-health appointments for a month now via various mediums and now were super pleased to announce that we will be doing these as a standard option from now on.

We will be using the website for exercise programmes and face-to-face video calling. More information can be found here:

COVID 19 – update 3

As our policy has been aligned with schools we will be closing from tomorrow (essentially at theend of the day today).
We will be obviously dedicating lots of spare time to the FB page Injury Advice from a Physio – visit there if you have any quick questions and want some good advice and interesting opinions from the larger community.
Danny wll also be running live triage via Messenger or What’s App. Get in touch to arrange. More details here:

We hope everyone mnages to stay safe and that this crisis is soon over.

COVID-19 update 2

In response to coronavirus and to reassure all clients, old and new that help is available we are introducing a musculoskeletal triage service.
What is this?
A lot of people are avoiding going out and this is understandable but aches and pains don’t go away. Now you can contact Danny directly via our secure video portal, and speak to him directly with your problem.
Theres a few things you need to know so click the link below to find out more.
And yes, it really is free. No committment is required and no payment details will be taken.

Coronavirus update

As of today, 16th March the advice is to avoid gathering in groups and travel only for essentials and to and from work. Observe good hygiene practices and self isolate if you begin to feel unwell.
Starks have upped their cleaning regimen and I will abide by best hygiene practices. Starks full policy is below.
I will be remaining open for the moment and will amend that according to the advice coming from the government.

Take care and stay safe


Starks Fitness policy

At Starks Fitness, the health and safety of our members and our team members are our number one priority. We are very much aware of the growing concerns around Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the important role that both our teams and our members have, in keeping healthy. 

Hands: Whilst the Government has provided public information and guidelines that we are closely following, ie. reminding members that regular, thorough handwashing with soap and water throughout your visit is imperative; we wanted to let you know of the extra steps we are taking and to ask you for your help.

In areas where handwashing is not immediately available, we encourage you to use the hand sanitiser which you will find available at both Harbourside and temple quay gyms while we have stock. Please do NOT remove these to ensure it is available for other members to use. 

Equipment: We have increased availability of disinfectant cleaning products in both gyms and politely ask that you help us and your fellow members by using these products to wipe down all equipment after you have used it. 

We have asked our instructors to ensure there is enough time at the end of group exercise classes to clean down. We may have to finish classes a few minutes earlier to make sure this happens but hope that you understand the reasons why we may have to do this. 

Our cleaning teams continue to be vigilant and are focused on cleaning all items that are commonly touched, ie. doors handles, toilet flushes, card readers etc. – and we have stepped up the cleaning routine. Again we would ask for your support and co-operation for any inconvenience this may cause.
In summary, we would ask: Please do not come to the gym if you are unwell
Keep your hands clean, wash regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water 
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch all coughs and sneezes and then bin the tissue – then wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser 
Please use the cleaning sprays to wipe down equipment after use 

We ask anyone who is concerned that they may have encountered the virus to follow the Government advice and self-isolate in the first instance. 

The Science of Running – a review

The book is well presented, easy to access and assimilate and should appeal to a broad readership. The first 20% of the book is basic mechanics and anatomy and injury and should be of interest to most non-physio runners. There are little ‘inserts’ dotted throughout such as the one on lower back pain which provide context to parallel issues.

The anatomy sections look great with really easy to understand diagrams that are well annotated to increase the understanding of the reader. Even with a fairly detailed knowledge I enjoyed reading this section and learned a few things that perhaps I had forgotten.

The section on injury prevention is concise and up-to-date using the latest evidence and making injuries easy to diagnose/match up. 

The information provided in the exercise section was excellent and actually provides a useful resource when working with runners and trying to explain they should be doing a particular exercise, what it looks like and what it actually does. This section is 80 pages in the middle of the book – more than ⅓ of the book and there are better resources out there but nevertheless, I am grateful for it’s inclusion.

The final section is about training itself and it gives lots of ideas for routines and plans and the training programmes are brilliant (although, again a lot of space is devoted to them). However, I will use these training programmes with my clients rather than trying to make up an individualised programme in my head everytime.

If I had to level a criticism at the content of the book it is that there is no space devoted to psycho-social issues. This is obviously a choice of the author as it would not be their area of expertise but these issues impact every runner and are often the biggest reason people should be running but similarly the reason why they are not. 

Never has a science book been easier to read and reference and also look so great. If I were to choose the exact opposite of this book I could mention Make or Break by Dave Macleod – just tracts of text. This book is so accessible and readable that it should be on every runner’s shelf.

What is exercise?

There are official definitions, of course. Interestingly, flexibility had been removed from the official definition of fitness as of last week. Thank god.

A dog is one of the best ways to maintain your health – good heart, lungs, mobility and wellbeing. Not the same as exercise though – you don’t get stronger, faster or more robust but it is funny.