nc500run – Why & How?

Author: Nicky Forster

Embarking on a journey along the North Coast 500 (NC500) in Scotland is an invitation to embrace the extraordinary.

Many choose to drive this stunning loop in 5 days, some challenge themselves on road bicycles averaging 100 miles per day, this July, over 15 days, I intend to run it for Mental Health UK.



I’m not sure!

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For the Love of Pain and Suffering

Author: Nicky Forster

“Everything you ever wanted to learn about yourself, you can learn in 26.2 miles”

Lorni Culnane


I was done . . . spent . . . empty . . . pissed off, with everybody, especially myself, and as a result was questioning why?

Why I was here and what was the point of all of this.

Keep going, stop, walk, run, come on, your weak, No I’m not.

Jeeez Man, this is tough.



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The Day I was Delighted to be told to F**k Off by my boss!

Author: Nicky Forster

WARNING: Use of profanity in this article


“Fozzy” (my nickname to all since I was 15 years old), came the shout from the silver haired man


“Yep” I replied


Come back and pick up their striker who stands by the taker a deal with the threat of the short corner.


I knew what that meant, I walked back begrudgingly, mumbling to myself, “Fuck sake”

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The Dreams vs Goals Debate

Author: Nicky Forster

For years the topic of dreams versus goals has been a common debate.

As we enter a new year, the debate always intensifies with a reported 58% of the UK population making New Year’s resolution in 2023 – (28% of these will be relating to improved health related goals)

That’s 30 million people taking deliberate steps to better themselves as the year kicks off.

As we are now well into our new year habits, geared towards achieving our goals and dreams for the year ahead, it is important that we know the difference between a dream and a goal.

And which is better.

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From Reflection to Change

Author: Nicky Forster

Part 2 – New Year’s Day

In every ending, there is a new beginning, which gives us the chance of change.

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A Time for Reflection, Gratitude and Change

Author: Nicky Forster

Part 1 – New Year’s Eve

At the end of every day before I go to sleep at night, I will sit in bed and share my thoughts, feelings and emotions with a notebook beside my bed.

The small orange leather bound pocket notebook is amazing at holding all my frustrations, concerns, and emotions, both positive and negative.

It helps me offload these thoughts to paper ensuring that I prioritise the number one pillar of health, a good night’s sleep.

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The Grinch who stole the Christmas Run

Author: Nicky Forster

A Poem for Mrs Clem

The Grinch who stole the Christmas run

who stole the fun from everyone

for today Grinch said was a special day

today we must live another way

with food and drink and lots of fun

beware of those who run, run, run!


For they are “selfish, obsessed, even losers”

not your normal yuletide boozers.

So this Grinch set out to change the plan

by hiding the trainers in which we ran.


But soon the Grinch started to believe

the stresses that exercise can relieve

In the Januray sales the Grinch did buy

a fresh green pair of Nike’s AlphaFly.


The Grinch could be seen running roads and pathways

understanding the error of his former ways

this tale is not to prove a point,

but to accept that we all are strange

and it’s not fair to enforce a change


So, embrace the ones that we hold dear,

and let them run this time of year.


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10 Tips to Help you Fall in Love with Running

Author: Nicky Forster

One of the most common reasons people come to me for help is to improve themselves physically, with weight loss and improved fitness being the main targets. When I ask what they like and what they hate about exercise, nearly all of them say that the most hated exercise is burpees, second to the burpee, is running.

My reply . . . . . “well you had better get used to it, because it is one of the best exercises for overall health”

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The Dark Side of the Beautiful Game

Author: Nicky Forster

We are about to enter the arena of the biggest sporting event on earth, the FIFA Football World Cup, where 32 teams will compete over 4 weeks, across 64 matches in the 22nd edition of the tournament, for the coveted World Cup Trophy.


A time where men become boys again, reminiscing over past Panini sticker albums whilst pinning up their world cup wall chart with Blu Tac stolen from mums’ Family Planner Calendar, not intended to offend, but I simply don’t remember ever trading player cards with girls in the 80’s, I’m sure that is all changing now, especially after the England woman’s brilliant win at the Euros!


A time of excitement, a time where there are 2, sometimes 3, games a day, a time to schedule school, homework, meetings, and social life around so we don’t miss a single game, diligently filling each result in on the walk chart as we go.


And the world loves it.

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Find Peace Not Happiness

Author: Nicky Forster

We’re all looking for eternal happiness in our lives, to find that magic formula where every moment is filled with joy. We all know that person who is happy every time we see them, never a time where they seem affected by any sort of negative emotion, the key to life is to find that happiness in everything we do, well I’m sorry to say it . . . . . but it’s total bullshit.

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