We are firmly ensconced in December now, and if you're anything like me you will be scratching your head trying to work out what to get for your loved ones this Christmas (or wondering what hints to drop yourself).
To make things that little bit easier, our fabulous fashion editor Corina Gaffey has compiled an extensive gift guide. No matter what your budget – or whether your 'giftee' is a girly girl or a macho man – there is something for everybody in these pages. I particularly love the customised, personal stuff (hint, cough). Happy shopping.
We also shine the spotlight on some people who have achieved extraordinary feats this month. Cork man Shane O'Sullivan only took up running seriously in 2011. A former footballer with the muscular build expected of a sprinter, Shane has fallen in love with distance running and wants to complete the world's biggest six marathons.
With two down and four to go, we wish him all the best. Julianne Clarke, from Kinvara, also talks about her marathon experience, a goal reached this year some seven years after an accident derailed her dreams.
I hope you enjoy these great reads as much as I did.
Also, for those of you who remember our cover story with journalist and ultra-runner Mike Sheridan in August, make sure you check out his documentary, which airs tonight at 10pm on Setanta Sports. His journey from novice to mixed martial artist is nothing short of amazing, so don't miss Barbaric Gentleman.