Thoughts on turning 67 years of age.


Parkrun/walk Sept.14th 2019 and cross country training group.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”Isaiah 40:6-8

My thoughts on reaching the age of 67 centre on an increasing awareness of physical frailty. My worn and weak right knee won’t allow running on roads only soft cross country yet I am glad I can do that however slowly. My non-impact indoor rowing is still of a high standard but I have to watch and not cause  repetitive strains. Recently I have greatly enjoyed two new hobbies both of which are outdoor-sailing and fishing and we have both sea and fresh water nearby. Spinning for brown trout in a local reservoir has especially given me a big kick!


Vital importance of play

I have always loved sport. Running, jumping, throwing, tennis, badminton, indoor rowing, sailing, fishing etc. Many species play especially when young and for good reason-to hone their skills for hunting, fighting, mating and survival. It always encourages my participation when I see dolphins surfing, gibbons brachiating (swinging by their arms) and otters juggling stones. Play is addictive because endorphins and dopamine chemicals are realeased which are “feel-good” factors. Play is characterised by:

  • Voluntary
  • Reward in the activity itself
  • Starts early in life
  • Repeated
  • Species must be healthy, safe and relaxed

God invented play!

There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2018

Tomorrow (DV) I pay a flying visit to Scotland to compete in the above for I think the fourth year. I usually get a medal of some hue (see pic). I have trained hard all year and am just around the correct weight of 75Kg to be “lightweight”.

The hall at Ravenscraig Sports Centre, Motherwell.

The score board showing race in progress.

Publicity for 2017 champs, I am just behind Roger (black and yellow shirt) and Stewart, one of my competitor friends is in red vest.

Medals 2018Row pro

Last year a silver (1000m)  and a bronze (500m).

If you care to pray for my witness I would appreciate that.


M60 1000m Lwt medallists.

Giving 100%


The guys in 1000m from England were just too good and of course in the 500m I was the only lightweight but I was told next year they will have separate medals.

Temperance in all things


If the athlete has to be self-controlled and temperate in all things (food, sleep, physical training) then even more so should the Christian believer be temperate in all things and keep under, nay mortify, his body of sin (sinful flesh).

 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (I Corinthians 9:24-27).

John Gill is good: Commentary (v24)