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Jason Richards

Lucky in Leeds

Lucky in Leeds

As I work in the Centre of Leeds I’m used to pushing around the street in my every day wheelchair to get to meetings and social events but I am not used to the roads being closed to allow the Run for All Leeds 10k to race through the heart of the city.

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Jason in Manchester

One Big Day in Manchester

The Big Event at EventCity in Manchester in May 2017 was one of the busiest and most rewarding Motability events I have attended. With a constant stream of people coming through the doors to see the latest vehicles on the Ford stand and to book their test drives in the adapted vehicles there was little time to catch your breath, let alone stop for a coffee break.

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Jason on the boat

Learn 2 Row

It’s not often I receive an email and then on a whim take part in something new and exciting but when the flyer for the Leeds Rowing Club Adaptive Rowing taster day and subsequent Learn 2 Row (L2R) course came out at the start of August I jumped at the chance to take part.

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Jason in bakery with Ford Motability

From Harrogate to Hollywood

This is not the story of a long haul flight to the United States but rather a tale of new found bread making skills. There was no sign of Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood but a great bake off was had at the Feast Rising Bakery in Hull.

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Ford is full of items

From Gatwick to Glasgow and back to Glory – Part 2

Way back in 2014 I talked about how vintage furniture transcends not only the decades but also the country as I embarked on the restoration of my Gatwick chairs that had travelled from Gatwick to Glasgow. 

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Two men with a medal

London 2017

The build up to this years 26 miles 385 yards of the London marathon course seemed perfect until the starter’s gun sounded. In 2016 I pushed my second ever fastest London Marathon and this year I was set to go quicker still. However, I made a fundamental change that put pay to all the months of hard work and meticulous preparation.

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A bike next to the shop with pies

Who Ate All The Pies

Pies are not usually described as the food of champions and having them in full view whilst trying to train is not ideal. However, last Friday I found myself in yet another car park for another impromptu training session ahead of the London Marathon in April. 

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A bike next to the car

Parking Permission

Whilst the allocated bays in the Merrion Centre car park are mostly filled with Motability vehicles and Blue Badge owners the space next to my Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is now often occupied by my hand cycle. 

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Jason on the way to the finish

Going Underground

Whilst the Jam may have been Going Underground back in 1982 I will be covering the 26 miles 385 yards of the London marathon course above ground in April. 

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One Really Big Day

One Really Big Day

This One Big Day at the Harrogate Event Centre started out just the same as in previous years with a stream of people coming through the doors as they opened to see the latest vehicles on the Ford stand and to book their test drives in the adapted vehicles.

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 The Big Event

Motability – The Big Event

This year’s Big Event was Motability's flagship roadshow and part of the One Big Day programme they run annually.

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Training days

Training days

Back in the old days training on a Sunday involved an early alarm, early breakfast, early start, somewhere between 15 and 25 miles cycling, an early finish and an early bath.

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The Only Way is S-MAX

The Only Way is S-MAX

No I haven’t moved south of the Watford gap or changed my name to Joey, but sometimes in life the only way really is S-MAX.

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Aesthetic Access

Aesthetic Access

I’m not sure if it’s my passion for rescuing and restoring vintage treasures or simply my need for an accessible house but when I saw my little 1950’s bungalow in 2012 I knew straight away that this beautifully designed dwelling could be made into something special and would become my home.

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Jason Richards racing against an opponent

March 2014

A Different Angle, Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race

The first day of spring saw me waking up after losing an hour of sleep with the clocks moving forward and looking at the world from a different angle during my first road race of 2014.

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From Gatwick to Glasgow and back to Glory

From Gatwick to Glasgow and back to Glory

It’s funny how vintage furniture transcends not only the decades but also the country

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Snowy driveway

December 2013

Merry S-MAX

We all know that a dog is for life and not just for XMAS. However, what I’ve learnt over the festive period is that while an S-MAX is for life it is really handy if you can also have one for XMAS.

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598 for 1958

598 for 1958

Not the latest promotion for a new bingo hall but the number of miles I drove in one day to collect an iconic piece of mid-century furniture by the legendary post-war designer Robin Day.

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The 2012 London Paralympics

2012 | London

The 2012 London Paralympics

As an athlete I know what it is like to pull on a Great Britain vest and compete for your country, to experience the intensity of training, to feel the adrenaline pump through your veins...

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From Redcar with Love

From Redcar with Love

No, not the title of the latest James Bond movie filmed in the North East of England but still a story of passion and desire.

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Top 10 Tips for Choosing a Motability Vehicle

Top 10 Tips for Motability

Owning and running a car is an expensive business, but the Motability Scheme allows you to use your Higher Rate Motability Allowance to cover the cost of a vehicle for the three year lease period. 

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Great to be back in competition

2012

Great to be back in competition

It’s been a long time since I set out to cover the 26 miles (and 385 yards) of a marathon but it felt great to be back in competition over one of my favourite racing distances.

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Springing into action

27 March 2011

Springing into action. Thirsk 10-mile Road Race

The first day of spring saw me waking up after losing an hour’s sleep with the clocks moving forward, and springing into action in my first road race of the year. 

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Wakefield Hospice

28 March 2010

Wakefield Hospice 10k race

I have been racing the Wakefield Hospice 10k since 2002 and on no two occasions has the course been the same. However, no matter how they alter the course and adjust the route around Wakefield, it is always one of the hardest, most demanding races on the circuit. This year was no exception with the 10k course taking an out and back loop on Dewsbury Road. 

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A cup of cofeee detail

Budding Barista

Ever since moving to the North Yorkshire Dales my wife, Victoria, and I have joked about opening a cyclists’ cafe. 

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Handbike ride from Ben Nevis to Cairngorm Mountain

Double Success

The last six months have brought success both in and out of racing.

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Swimmers racing in a lake in the mountains

June 21 and 22 | Lake Coniston

Lake Coniston – the swim that almost was

On the weekend of 21 and 22 June, Victoria, Ben, Paeony and I made the annual pilgrimage to Lake Coniston in the Lake District.

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Surprise Surprise

Surprise Surprise

No, I’ve not been joining Cilla Black on one of her TV specials, let alone appearing on Blind Date, but September ‘08 did hold a pleasant surprise for me.

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Pit Stop 10k – 2009

2009

Pit Stop 10K

The annual Pit Stop 10k race, hosted by the Darlington Harriers, took place on the evening of 8 July. The race was held at the Croft Racing Circuit and involved three laps of the fast, smooth tarmac.

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