Fall Seven Times Get Up Eight

January 1, 2015

Happy new year everyone!!

January 3, 2015

On with my challenge. I completed a half marathon with a run around York.




January 4, 2015

Really happy to be introducing my page logo. A special thanks to my friend, Sarah Robson, who has designed it. She is an absolute star! The aim is for this logo to be a symbol of hope to people affected by brain injury.

January 5, 2015

The holidays are over, and life is back to some sort of normality. I’m feeling positive and ready for the year ahead: new milestones – new experiences – new challenges. Onwards and upwards.

January 6, 2015

It was only a small routine, but everyone has to start somewhere. This video gives an insight into the start of my fitness journey:

January 8, 2015

Anyone affected by a brain injury will be able to associate with this narrative. The consequences are life changing and can be really distressing. Reach out for help and advice if you need it – try to keep moving forward each day the best you can. Invest time in your health whilst you accept and adapt to a new way of being.

January 10, 2015

Saturday morning running club with my son and his partner, Kelsey. They’re training for my 10K in April. Well done guys – proud dad.

January 11, 2015

Week 14 of my marathon challenge complete. It was great to cover the 4 main parks of Hull in this challenge. I enjoyed the challenge with a good friend, Mark.



January 13, 2015

I have fallen a million times during my recovery, but I just wouldn’t stay down. No matter how hard things become, you get back up and keep going forward. Reach out for support if you need it.

Things can get easier over time. There can be great things ahead.

January 14, 2015

Unemployed after brain injury – I left my job as an electrician four months ago now. I miss being a skilled tradesman. I miss the times on site with my old work friends. I have been frightened for the future. I am not sure what’s ahead. But, I will not force unnecessary suffering on myself. I will not hide behind people. I accept my limitations and move on. There will be another career out there for me.

January 18, 2015

Week 15 of my marathon challenge. The miles are building up! It was my toughest week so far. It was great to have support!




January 19, 2015

I was learning to use my mind space wisely. Being productive and focusing on the things within my control was good for mood and performance.

January 21, 2015

Paul’s 10K & Family Fun day. I’m really looking forward to my third annual running event. Always a great atmosphere with family, friends and kind members of the public.

This will be the last leg of my marathon and complete my 26-week challenge.

January 22, 2015

Posters are starting to go up in HRI. It was surreal to be promoted on the stairs, in the canteen and at other places around the hospital. I hope it reaches and helps people affected.

Great things can still be achieved after brain injury!

January 25, 2015

Week 16 of my marathon challenge. I completed a 16-mile run to the Yorkshire coast. This was the furthest I have ever run!



January 28, 2015

My first TV interview. A real milestone on my journey. Catch me about 6 mins. into the clip.

Estuary TV Interview

January 30, 2015

One for the curry lovers. There are spices that are beneficial for the brain. I’m always asking my stepdad, Pete, to whip me up a brain boosting curry. Here’s a few ingredients he threw in today. It was tasty! This link shows spices and their benefits for the brain. It’s a great excuse for a curry:

Spices for the Brain