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The need for speed

In the fourth in a series of articles on running ahead of the inaugural Pinewood National Medical Half Marathon Championships in Mayo in May, Ballina GP Dr Scott Walkin focuses on building up your speed and ‘sharpening’.

No socks please, I’m knittish

Berna Cox gets herself in a knit over jumpers, scarves and hats but finds that while it is a bit of a challenge to learn, on those long winter nights, knitting can be good therapy for the soul.

Fit to burst after virtual exercise

Berna Cox writes about her love-hate relationship with her Wii Fit after Mr Miyamoto, the Wii chipmunks and even her own body all conspire against her in her efforts to get fit the virtual way.

Beat the temptation to throw in the towel

Shirley Lanigan writes that despite all the effort it takes to fight nature and the elements, the rewards that can be gleaned from seeing that perfect rose or enjoying a salad fresh from the garden make it all worthwhile.

Reaching new heights

For most football enthusiasts FIFA’s ruling in May this year that international matches could not be played at altitudes above 2,500 metres was nothing more than a random fact.

Camping it up this summer

For the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a little bit of personal research about camping.