Category: “Fitness

First triathlon of the summer for me, education award for Fiona

Posted on 12 July 2009 | 9:07am

The triathlon season is well under way, and today is my first of the summer. However, in part because of a shoulder injury which has prevented me from swimming, I am taking part in a relay, with Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Tim Brabants the one getting wet for the cause, before I get on the […]

Two great early morning moments

Posted on 10 July 2009 | 10:07am

I was up north for a wedding yesterday, in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. Hence the stunning backdrops to telly interviews I did on David Cameron, Andy Coulson and the News of the World phone hacking scandal. ‘Oh Heathcliffe, Heathcliffe,’ or variants on the theme, was the most common text message that […]

Ecclestone undermines his own success with alarming views on Hitler

Posted on 4 July 2009 | 2:07pm

It’s hard to see why Bernie Ecclestone chose to give an interview to The Times, which appears today under the headlines ‘Hitler? He got things done, says Ecclestone’ as a news story on Page 3, and, on pages 34 and 35, ‘Despots are underrated, says the supreme leader of Formula One.’ My hunch is that […]

Honouring the power of sport to do good

Posted on 29 June 2009 | 2:06pm

  Off to a celebration of Henry Hodge’s life later today, so I may have a few words to say about that later – like if you haven’t already, please make a donation to www.justgiving.com/alastaircampbell; and please accept my apologies that the justgiving site has been a nightmare since we set up the page the […]

Andy Murray is a winner. Is that why some Brits don’t like him?

Posted on 28 June 2009 | 9:06am

For a few humid, air-cracking minutes, I was sure I was going to witness another moment in history yesterday – namely the first competitive tennis played under the new roof at Wimbledon. Somehow, with giant hailstones and mini-flash floods hitting the other side of London, it stayed dry in SW19. Instead the history we witnessed […]

The Speaker has to balance tradition and change – but defend Parliament

Posted on 22 June 2009 | 11:06am

Whoever becomes Speaker today will start their tenure, as have their predecessors, by being ‘dragged reluctantly’ to the chair. One of those traditions. Like the Queen at Ascot, and rain at Wimbledon. Funny hearing Roger Federer saying he hoped it rained when he was playing on the centre court so that he could see what it […]

Less a blog than an apology for not having done one

Posted on 21 June 2009 | 8:06pm

Since starting this blogging malarkey some months back, I have done at least one every day. Obsessive, moi? This is really just a way of keeping up that record, though when we go away for our summer holiday I do not intend, unlike on the Scottish holiday we had at Easter, to blog every day. […]

The day Lions skipper Paul O’Connell took my trousers down

Posted on 20 June 2009 | 11:06am

I thought that might grab some attention as Mr O’C prepares to lead out the Lions in South Africa, and I promise I will come on to the debagging incident in a moment. But first a brief message from Jane Appleton, she of the ‘let’s raise 50k in memory of AC’s friend Henry Hodge’ who […]

Sport at both ends of the financial spectrum

Posted on 23 May 2009 | 9:05am

A few weeks ago I did a blog and a vlog from a Keighley Cougars Rugby League match, where I was doing an article for the Times magazine. The piece appears this morning, with some terrific photos, and I hope the club think I did justice to the wonderful access I had, and to the […]

Guide ro Marathon running part 2

Posted on 25 April 2009 | 11:04am

I know there is a little books section on the website where I can remind those of you who bizarrely have yet to buy The Blair Years or All In The Mind how to do so. And I know too that every now and then I mention one or both of those products, though I hope with […]