This Sunday three of my colleagues and I will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marathon time in a Four Person Costume - we all work as captains and cabin crew for Monarch Airlines so unsurprisingly our costume is an aeroplane!
18 years on from these event I have a beautiful wife who understands but is there to push me back to fitness when I'm going through a rough patch. My biggest worry is for my two children, social media does some great things but if kids are not looking up from their phones, how can we encourage people to open up and have conversations. I think mental health awareness from a young age is so vital.
Traditionally talking about mental health in our industry has been very taboo and if you did open up about a problem you would be tarnished with it. Possibly because of the responsibility our job holds and also because of the very rare scare stories the media publishes which fuels the stigma. However, there has been a huge change even in the last six months.
My journey to running the marathon started three years ago when I was diagnosed with stage four mouth and throat cancer. During surgery, I died twice on the operating table, and aggressive radiotherapy meant I developed motor neurone disease. I'm not in remission yet, I have another two years to go and I take medication to control my pain. I'm effectively a 'time bomb', but have chosen to push myself and keep busy, living life to the fullest - because the alternative is to sit around feeling sorry for myself.
With all of us married, having been best men at each other's weddings, it was time to face a new challenge together and the iconic London Marathon seemed like the obvious choice. Training has been tough, but we've stuck to the schedule, fitting in sessions several times a week around the demands of work and family life. And the two of us have met up each Sunday for our weekly long run, getting some miles under our belts ahead of the big day.
I needed a way out, and quick. First up, break the habits, escape the cycles of destruction and get off that damn hamster wheel. I thought getting some routine around exercise and getting my body to work for me could be a good starting point. But first I needed to find my fitness weapon of choice.
The normalisation of xenophobia in our political discourse and media is having a real impact on the lives of real people. If you value equality, respect and human dignity, then this election is the time for you to step up. Your vote is your pledge - your pledge to stand against the bigotry that is being mainstreamed in our politics and public spaces. Here are five ways that you can directly challenge xenophobia in the course of this general election...
After a long wait for the right level of treatment my son is taking small steps in the right direction. While he takes those steps, I've decided to take the approximately 52 thousand steps it takes to complete the London Marathon to raise money and awareness for YoungMinds and Heads Together. Life was a lot easier for me when I was 14, so I'm happy to sacrifice my knees to start a conversation about mental health.
Sunday's vote will determine which two of the eleven candidates standing to be the next French President will go through to the final round, which will be held on Sunday 7 May. And there is a big chance that the result might well be yet another upset in global politics, as voters once again switch from the established parties and candidates to insurgent alternatives.
Nothing can ever replace what we lost on the 19th July and no words can describe what we have endured. Each and every day, I still feel the panic and scramble for the reset button, struggling with the feeling that somehow we live in the wrong world. For the rest of our lives, we must learn to deal with what happened on that day.
Labour, Liberal Democrat and Ukip activists will be working hard over the coming weeks to prevent a Tory win. The polls will inevitably get closer. And the Conservatives? If we want a win that will be remembered for generations then we will have to go toe to toe with them all.
The recurring narrative of Tomorrow is one of hope. And it's an important change in tone; the climate change discussion is overwhelming, and quite frankly, terrifying. And it's all too tempting to bury your head in the sand when it comes to taking action. Hopefully this film will inspire people to take action...
Equally never has it been a more important for science to stand up and be heard. At a time when fake news is rife and independent experts face challenges in getting their message heard, the aim of the March for Science is to celebrate the vital role that science plays in everyone's lives and to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. We want to champion science and the cross-border collaborations that are vital for progress.
At first I thought the odd, tingling sensation was part of an unusual hangover - my feet felt cold, as if I'd slept all night with them hanging outside of the end of my bed. But over the next few days the tingling spread up my legs, and was accompanied by pain and numbness.
Children's audiology may not be at the top of the political agenda but mandatory inspections of quality are absolutely essential. This simple change could make a huge difference to ensuring thousands of deaf children get the right support, right from the start.
The choice of a black man to replace Alexandra Shulman shouldn't be the main topic of discussion. Yes, this is a positive step for a publication that has traditionally been steered by white, middle class women, but I don't think we should be blinded by Enninful's race or gender - ultimately he is a huge talent with incredible experience.
In the latest episode of 'Into It', the team reflects on last week's 'Broadchurch' conclusion predictions (spoiler alert: no one is giving Hardy and Miller a run for the money any time soon), and compares the farewell episode to other hit shows' finales. Plus, in honour of Her Maj's 91st birthday, they're putting their knowledge of queens from the big and small screen to the test in the big quiz of the week.
It is a sad truth that one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. One of the things that gives us hope when we think about this is the established fact that the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance of beating it.
I knew this was inevitable, this separation. It is part of his transition to adulthood. But I didn't expect it to hurt so much. I have become that clichéd old woman who clasps photos of past birthday parties and strokes a little boy's face with a teary smile. (I am not allowed to stroke his real face any more).
I wish I could remember when it happened; the moment I was switched off and I lost all desire to do 'IT' anymore. I definitely wanted to do it the day I conceived my first child, so at least that is somewhere to start...
The elusive British sun is starting to show, temperatures are creeping up, festival season is round the corner, and summer trends are hitting the shop floors. It's tempting as hell to ditch our winter wardrobes and start afresh with some cute new clothes.
Whilst bombs can destroy extremists, they cannot destroy extremist mentalities. It is only through penetrating the hearts of the world through love, and doing whatever one can to improve the lives of others, that a hateful ideology can truly be defeated. Whatever one's background or faith, the concept of love driving out hate must surely be one that is easy to endorse.