Run Woollies, Run!

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RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:24:53

The continuing story of how Team Woolly Hugs does running. All newcomers very welcome!

Our first fabulous runner, PiggyPlumPie has been there, done that and quite literally has the tshirt (gorgeous btw) and we are looking forward to more runs taking place round the country, and further afield maybe? <Looks at our International Blanketeers smile>

We are doing this to support the Billie's Blanket Project being run by the Woolly Hugs community, see here This project was launched as a tribute to beautiful Billie, our lovely MrsDeVere's daughter, who devastatingly died at 14 from leukaemia. We launched this at the time of her 21st birthday. In Billie's name, and through World Child Cancer we will send little blankets to children who are suffering from cancer, and who really need a Woolly Hug and to feel loved and looked after. Our first batch has already gone to Malawi, the next will go to Ghana and Bangladesh.

We are helping raise funds so that alongside Billie's Blankets, we can send a donation to World Child Cancer. Money is so scarce, they really have so little. There will be other fundraising events this year, but we are RUNNING!

These are where the 5K runs will takeplace, they are all over. But even if you run round the block and someone sponsors you to do so, it all counts!

Our Just Giving Page is here. Donations are welcome at any time, huge thanks for those already in. At this moment we are up to £1,116.33, where will be be when this thread is full?!

Enter established events soon to avoid disappointment. Let us know when you are running so we can cheer you on, and please use this thread for support, and general running things, the support here is awesome and we love Piggy's idea of tying a woolly bracelet on to run, then we are all with you as you go. smile

MNWoollyHugs on Facebook - come and find us, you can still remain anonymous smile

For novices....Woolly Hugs Guide to Running

* Put down your woolly wool,crochet hooks and needles. <we have a done risk assessment>

* Find your trainers, these are sort of soft bouncy shoe-things that go on your feet.

* Find something loose and comfortable to wear, and no we don't mean a caftan.

* Open front door and go outside.

* Put one foot in front of the other with speed and determination!

YOU are RUNNING!

The children that WCC support need all the love and comfort possible. So please, in memory of a sparkling young girl who always thought of others, we'd love you to help us help them.

As ever, thank you so much for your support.

Thinking of Billie and her family Xx

Knotty and Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:27:18

first thread is here

Enormous success was had, there is more to come!

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 13:36:06

Checks in, very apt as am just back from a run, literally dripping and red as a beetroot, soooo attractive! 8km in 55mins. Really warm and windy, i had some good views on my run as there was a cycling event, lots of lycra clad bums and thighs grin

My note to myself...remember to take inhaler when i run and maybe it would be a good idea had i had some bfast as i realised i felt rather hungry...havent eaten since 6pm last night duhhh!

Mouseface Sun 28-Apr-13 13:42:08

I donated last night to the wonderful cause and the gorgeous Billie.

As you know I'm broken so can't run but I could use my walking frame or stick to do a bit of hobbling? I'm want to get a sponsored 'round the village' lap organised if that's okay? What do I need to do to set it up and is there a time frame in place for me to do it by?

Can you advise please lovely Pistey? And can I still have a Wolly Bracelet™ please? smile xxx

Mouseface Sun 28-Apr-13 13:42:39

Or a Woolly Bracelet™ even!! grin

MrsDeVere Sun 28-Apr-13 13:42:56

Checking in.
Will be aiming to be up the gym every morning this week.

Cos I am no where near up to 5mad's standard of training and I can't let the young whippersnapper beat me can I? ;)

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:44:52

Mousey - I will so proud to sponsor you, and I will make you a wolly bracelet!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:45:02

smile

Checking in too. Just back from taking my bike to get fixed (no lycra here 5mad!).

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:45:58

Lovely Mousey, no time frame. Our last organised run that we know of is when I go with the very lovely BIWI and Frank in October

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:53:15

To set it up, I would say decide what you want to achieve, and when, link it to your FB, advertise to family and friends and in that I include us obv! Link everyone to our Just Giving page

And we will cheer you on, and a photo afterwards is fab. You don't have to out yourself, it could just be a general picture, and we wouldn't put your actual name on FB anyway. All money goes to the most amazing cause in beautiful Billie's name. Really special. X

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 14:04:59

Arf at young wipper snapper grin

Dp informs me the cyclists i saw were from a local velo...club? Or something... They were looking very toned in their lycra, i dont look quite so good in my running kit or when i am cycling with a toddler in tow.

I have cooled down now, was trying to do some stretches but when i do the two little madthings seem to think i become the perfect climbing frame. They do look funny trying to copy tho so i can forgive them their overenthusiastic clambering on me...but toddler elbows and boobs dont mix!

KnottyLocks Sun 28-Apr-13 14:31:12

Checking in with me pompoms smile

Mousey, let us know how we can help. You little treasure smile

Mouseface Sun 28-Apr-13 15:03:06

Will do, I have just told DH and he said "why not, you're always saying Pay It Forward" so that's what I'm doing, my little boy is still here, he'll be four whole years old on Thursday so as a huge thank you to The Powers That Be, I'm going to do this for Billie xxxxx

I'll use my Mouseface pic from FB smile

(I might need help with all the linking stuff you said about but will get myself organised as to how far, where and when I'm going to shuffle off to and let you know smile )

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 15:06:28

Bless your heart Mousey you are a star, love to you and all your family X

We can help with all linking, not a prob. Hooray for the latest member of Team Woolly Hugs X

Thank yoooooooooouuuuuuuu!!

MegBusset Sun 28-Apr-13 16:09:27

Hello runners and hobblers grin

Got up at 7am on Saturday to run 5k before breakfast then went to London and undid all my good work with too much food and wine

5mad well done on your run, did you stop to walk at all or just run straight through?

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 16:17:48

I had three one min walk breaks as it was the wk ten run and them ran through the cool down at then end.

My legs feel slightly achey now!

Well done for getting up early on sat, i often think about getting up for an early morning run but i am sooo not a morning person.

Dp now has a week off work so i dont have to try and juggle running with his shifts i do have to try not to throttle him if he continues being a grumpy git as he has been the past two days

I may get up take boys to school and then go for a shorter run tomorrow morning...

MOSagain Sun 28-Apr-13 16:22:21

ooh, meant to sign up for this ages ago but never got round to it. So its not too late? <panics!> Pistey is it the 12th or 13th you are doing? Will sign up myself and DD if still places

PiggyPlumPie Sun 28-Apr-13 19:27:04

What a fabulous total!! Think I am going to look for another run because i am just loving this!

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 19:32:22

It is a fabulous total!

Go piggy I am looking at runs for sept/Oct so I have another goal after the 10k in may.

What's the consensus BTW on running consecutive days, is it best to take a day off inbetween runs? Did 8k today and was thinking of running tomorrow but slightly achey this eve so maybe should have tomorrow off and run Tuesday?

Otherworld Sun 28-Apr-13 22:20:28

Just checking in to the lovely new thread.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Apr-13 10:25:30

I'm thinking our next Woolly run is the Manchester 10K, am I right? Then the London 10K the next day all at the end of May?

hawthornthree Mon 29-Apr-13 10:44:15

I just wanted to say well done to you all and what a brilliant cause and a wonderful way to support other children in Billie's name. I hope you don't mind me sharing my own efforts - we are setting up a charity to fund the best cancer immunotherapy research internationally - cancer immunotherapy works in much the same way vaccines do, ie, they train the body's immune cells to recognise specific and multiple cancer antigens on the surface of cancer cells - so that the body can eradicate cancer in the same way as it does a virus or bacteria. Prof Carl June has had amazing results with adults and children with advanced and refractory leukaemia,[both with CLL and ALL] and you can read about his success here
We hope this will one day be a standard treatment for children in whom other treatments have failed.
Though Novartis have now come onboard to sponsor Prof June's work [after many years struggling for funds] many other academic research scientists in the immunotherapy field, looking at immunotherapy for a wide range of solid tumours, still struggle for funds. We are working towards registered status at the moment [have to raise a certain amount of money first] and have consulted research scientists in the field about coming on board as part of the decision panel when we are in a position to award research grants. At the moment, if anyone was interested, it would be great if you could look at our FB page, where there is more info and research links, and click like if you can! [btw I have been here since 2005 just under various guises!] www.facebook.com/CancerImmunotherapyFund

Other cancer research charities do fund immunotherapy research, but only as part of wider remit and often only basic research, so we felt, after much research of our own, that a charity solely to award grants for cancer immunotherapy research, is needed. World Child cancer is crucial in supporting children in developing countries with cancer, we just hope for a time when cancer in children [and adults] can be controlled long term and one day, perhaps even cured. Sorry for lengthy post!

Best of luck to the runners.

hawthornthree Mon 29-Apr-13 10:45:52

btw Prof June's work is not like a vaccine in the sense that he takes the body's own immune cells, engineers them to recognise a cancer antigen, multiplies them in the lab, and then re injects them into the patient. he has had amazing success with this.

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Apr-13 23:28:12

Aww, thanks for popping in, Hawthorn. We really appreciate it. thanks
Will pop across and have a look at your project, bless you.

oi! Runners!

I'm sure you'll be all chuffed and only a bit frit that my master plan for costumes is coming together grin

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