Hope everyone is well and enjoying some better weather this month – it has been really lovely in Gloucestershire over the past week or two, and I am sitting in the garden as I write this blog, enjoying the sunshine on my face and the birds singing in the trees!
I’ve had a busy couple of weeks so it’s nice to just sit and relax for a few minutes; my new book, The Murder List, came out two weeks ago and I’ve been busy with various things related to that, although I was absolutely thrilled to see it go straight into the Amazon top 100 the day after publication, something which has never happened before. It’s out now in e-book and audiobook with the paperback release to follow in July.
I’m also trying to take it easy for a few days this week because next weekend (18th/19th June) I’ll be running again, and this time I’m taking on the longest ultramarathon challenge I’ve ever attempted – Endure24, the UK’s biggest 24-hour race. The tagline on their website is Epic, Brutal, Relentless – so yes, what am on earth am I doing?! Most run this Berkshire event as a relay in teams, but there’s a smaller group who run it solo, and yes, I’m one of those! The idea is to run as many laps of the (hilly, off-road) 5 mile/8km course as you can in the 24 hours from midday Saturday to midday Sunday. I have no idea how many miles I’ll be able to do – all I know is that I will attempt to keep running for the full 24 hours. I’m doing it to raise money for the Gloucestershire branch of Headway UK, the brain injury charity, in memory of my sister Deborah who (as many of you already know) died from a brain injury in 2010 when she was just 39.
It’s a bit like a big running festival – my husband is coming with me, and all the runners and their supporters pitch up on the Friday night and camp (we have rented a campervan for the weekend; I am definitely NOT doing this in a tent!). There is music and food stalls, and everyone has a nice time on Friday night, then the running starts at midday on the Saturday and off we go. You know how accident prone I am, and I do have a couple of niggly injuries at the moment which are concerning me: a problem with two of the joints in my left foot, which can be very painful, and my ongoing lower back problem which has been flaring up recently. But I’m committed to this now, so I will just take it steady and see how it goes. Please send me lots of positive thoughts – I will update you about what happens on my social media and on my next blog!
I’ve taken a few days off running in the run-up to this and have been getting out in the garden as much as possible. I think this is my favourite time of the year for gardening – there is so much lovely colour in the flower beds (see photo). Some of my garden tools, though, were a little bit worse for wear, so I treated myself to the Gardening Pick of the Month from QVC. It’s quite an amazing offer from SFIXX – a three-piece set including a little garden saw, and two pairs of secateurs: a ratchet pair and a bypass pair. For under £20 plus P&P I couldn’t resist, and I have already been using them in the garden and they are fantastic.
And having said that, the cucumbers need watering so I am going to go and do that now! See you soon,
Love, Jackie x