Linnets away days are on the menu for 2022.

It’s that time of the year when we all make promises that get broken pretty swiftly. 

But here’s some sporting ones of my own that I think are achievable and may get you thinking too. Happy New Year in advance, here’s to a great 2022!

1. Get on the road with the Linnets

The Grimsby postponement hit a lot of King’s Lynn Town fans hard. It was an away day that plenty of supporters were excited about and, for me, presented two great opportunities – a break from a wealth of festive family time and the chance to finally watch the Linnets on the road again. 

Most of my teenage years and days as a full-time journalist saw me travel the country watching or reporting on Lynn. It’s something I’ve found harder to justify in terms of time and finances now we’ve got two young boys. 

The Grimsby trip had been in the diary for a while so I now need to get at least one other in to ensure I break my National League away duck before the season is out.

2. Take in some live speedway again
Some of my happiest sporting memories in West Norfolk as a fan or journalist have been enjoyed at the Adrian Flux Arena.

More trips to see the
super Stars please.

Whether it was standing on turn two, growing up, or sitting above the tapes in the press box, the King’s Lynn Stars have played a big part in my life. 

However, I’ve been about less since I worked briefly for the club in 2017 and managed to go through what was, in truth, a miserable 2021 for the club without attending a meeting in person. I miss the smell, I miss the noise and I miss a lot of friends I’ve made in the sport. 

It’s time to get back to Saddlebow Road when the tapes come up so I can hail the shale – and ale!

3. Overcome my ongoing injury problems This year was meant to be the one I took running seriously for the first time. 

The problem is that I took it too seriously in January, February and March and injured myself and I’ve still not recovered. 

Playing six-a-side football from April probably didn’t help and neither did taking painkillers to keep myself moving. 

However, I eventually broke down
properly at the start of July and haven’t kicked a ball or completed a full run since. 

Several hundreds of pounds later to fix my back and then get insight from a podiatrist has at least reduced lots of intermittent pain in various places and got me moving again. 

Here’s to hoping the rehab process can turn walk/runs into full runs and I can actually make a start line in 2022.

4. Try out at least one new sport
While football has dominated my sporting life, I’ve had a go at almost everything else there is to offer. 

Gavin is not too sure about
a spar date with Stevi Levy!

Playing darts and pool across the festive season has reminded me that whatever the sport is, I’ll probably enjoy it – until I lose. 

My golf playing has decreased these days but I’ll have a swing of the sticks at some point this year. 

However, I wonder what else I can reignite or try for the first time? 

It would be fantastic to get out across the district and shine the spotlight on some other clubs and sports. 

I’m not sure I fancy sparring with Stevi Levy anytime soon but I’d quite like to give something like sailing a try and then write about my experiences. 

Email any suggestions to gavin@yourlocalpaper.co.uk

You name it and I’ll almost definitely try it!