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Woolly Hugs does Running..... Running?? Yep, RUNNING!!

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RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 19:48:37

Woolly Hugs Guide to Running

1) Put down your woolly wool,crochet hooks and needles. <we have done risk assessment>
2) Find your trainers, these are sort of soft bouncy shoe-things that go on your feet.
3) Find something loose and comfortable to wear, and no we don't mean a caftan.
4) Open front door and go outside shock
5) Put one foot in front of the other with speed and determination!


If you haven't seen Phase 2 of our Little Hugs, the thread is HERE. We launched this phase 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 and we call the project Billie's Blankets in her memory. In her name, and through World Child Cancer, we will send little blankets to children, starting with Malawi and Bangladesh, who really need a Woolly Hug and to feel loved and looked after.

Alongside Billie's Blankets, we are very keen to send a donation to World Child Cancer, as money is scarce, they really have so little. One of the ways we will do this is by running! <faints> In May a Woolly Hugs' team will be running the BUPA London 10k, and we are now looking for runners to enter 5K runs throughout the country.

These are where the 5K runs will take place?.. They are all over!

There are already runners committed to running (BIWI, TantrumsandBalloons,me) in London at Crystal Palace on October 13th, and lovely Fizzy and PrettyBird are running in the Glasgow event on July 27th. We would love folk to join with us, or run at a different venue! There is no minimum age and children can be entered, my daughter is running with me, I say with, she will shoot off like a gazelle and I will lumber along. Happily the website says they love fancy dress <*Knotty*, this is time to contemplate something spectacular>

Because World Child Cancer isn't a nominated charity we/they ask that you let them know independently. To take pressure off individuals, and to make this a real woolly community effort we recommend that you use our Woolly Hugs Just Giving page for fundraising. Anything you raise will be marvellous, really, and we will all be able to see how much we can raise together.

Our Just Giving Page is HERE Donations are welcome at any time, huge thanks for those already in.

So please have a think, if you are interested, we would recommend entering soon to avoid disappointment. Let us know when you have entered so we can cheer you on, and please use this thread for support, and general running things <hazy> Couch to 5K apps and playlists for running spring to mind.

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 thanks

Thinking of Billie and her family Xx

Knotty and Pistey


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Mar-13 10:02:27

I did notice the knitted crochet too! I am trying to track down the blanket, not sure I'll get anywhere, but neighbour is an editor, so worth a try smile

Fizzy, why you no Fizzy anymore?

Beautiful day here smile

MegBusset Wed 13-Mar-13 11:34:10

Right, I have laid out all my kit and WILL be going for a run when I get back from dropping DS2 at pre-school. Unless it starts raining, snowing or hailing in the meantime <narrows eyes at black clouds overhead>

MrsDeVere Wed 13-Mar-13 15:52:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Glaikit Wed 13-Mar-13 17:50:57

I lost my fizz, a bit flat! Need to get the soda stream out smile

Tried wearing heels to work today, bad idea. Tis is getting ridiculous now!

MegBusset Wed 13-Mar-13 22:26:24

Went out for my run this afternoon. Now coming down with a cold. Clearly proof that exercise is Not Good For You.

EarnestDullard Thu 14-Mar-13 16:23:10

Hi all, I've finally managed to get out for a run today, the first in 3 weeks, as my throat is feeling much better. Did 3 miles but it was a bit of a slog. Need to make sure I don't ramp up too quickly, but somehow need to get up to 10k by mid April. Hmm.

Meg fingers crossed you've not got what I've had. Hope you feel better soon.

EarnestDullard Thu 14-Mar-13 16:24:44

Mid April? Meant mid May of course grin

Blatherskite Thu 14-Mar-13 16:27:54

I've got hill training tonight!

I will not be able to walk tomorrow.

5madthings Thu 14-Mar-13 16:38:43

Just about to get ready to go out for a run, its cold out but not raining/snowing... And making dinner for when i get back in smile

5madthings Thu 14-Mar-13 17:53:49

Did 6km this eve but it felt crap, not sure why and my pace was the same but i just felt heavier?!! Anyway i did it smile

Blatherskite Thu 14-Mar-13 20:45:55

I managed hill training but felt sick for the whole session sad

According to my watch I did just over 6k

Early night for me I think. I hope I'm not getting the kids bugs after all.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Mar-13 19:07:50

Hope all lurgies are gone

<sprays Dettol liberally>

Evening wine

BIWI Sat 16-Mar-13 19:33:12

Evening wine

I complete week 6 tomorrow, with a 25 minute run


5madthings Sat 16-Mar-13 20:24:49

I was meant to run today but yesterday and today have been manic with rudi's bday, mil visiting and trip to the theatre and then a party for 17 children at soft play, oh and our car broke down am sat chilling with rum and come having finally got five hyper children to bed!

Will run tomorrow once dp is home from work.

Good luck biwi it will be fine smile

BIWI Sat 16-Mar-13 20:25:21

17 children at soft play?! <faints>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 17-Mar-13 08:40:54

It really will be fine BIWI and you will definitely be in Post Running Smug Phase after.


BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 13:31:48

Oh yes. Enjoying PRSP. Ignores sore knees and stiff quads

I am in big time PRSP grin

I ran a half marathon this morning grin

Oh, and am off to be for the rest of the day grin


BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 16:56:34

Blimey! Much respect. How long did that take you?

5madthings Sun 17-Mar-13 17:32:22

Wow well done shredded grin

I have been snuggled up with dd on the sofa as she is full of cold and obviously not feeling right. Waiting for dp to get home so I can go out for a run but it is now passing it down with rain. I have tucked dd up with her Lamby and a blanket and am making soup food dinner but she isn't happy that I am not cuddling her and is sat wailing 'mummeeee'. Hopefully the rain will ease off a bit for when dp gets home!

Oh poor little DD 5mad - hope she feels better soon.

I did it in 2 hours 20 BIWI - 2:19:53 to be exact grin. It sounds a long time, but it was my fastest half (of 5) yet. The winning man was 1:01. The first 6 miles was a lap of Central Park - there were so many runners (15,000 places in the run, not sure how many turned up) that I was still waiting to start as the leading pack of men shot past shock.

5madthings Sun 17-Mar-13 20:58:28

Wow a lot of runners!

That sounds like a good time to me!

I haven't run today as dp didn't get in till after 6 and it was dark and pissing it down. He has tomorrow off so will get out in daylight tomorrow.

Dd is calpoled and in bed but I suspect it may be a long night...

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 21:04:46

Goodness. I can't imagine running for that length of time. Mind you, 6 weeks ago I couldn't have imagined running for 25 minutes grin!

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