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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


Blatherskite Fri 01-Feb-13 21:03:39

I was about to say "You're waterproof" but I can see prettybird has beaten me to it.

I went out a couple of weeks ago and according to the car thermometer, it was minus 2 when I started! I was aiming for the fluffy bits of snow as they were less slippy. You soon warm up when you're moving.

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:14:13

But I'm old.

And I don't like the cold.

Or the wet.


Blatherskite Fri 01-Feb-13 22:19:47

But you're BIWI, Low Carb Queen, master of self discipline!

Decide you are going to do it and then go!

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:24:55

Only inside, Blathers.

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Feb-13 22:25:14

BIWI, wear a vest, love.

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:31:21


KnottyLocks Fri 01-Feb-13 22:37:17

Or this

prettybird Fri 01-Feb-13 22:41:10

You're younger than me I think

And if you're not, you're not much older

So still no excuse grin

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:45:21

I'm 53.

And I'm not wearing that get up, Knotty. Way too diggy in in the crutch area for my liking!

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Feb-13 23:02:50

I'll crochet you a peplum grin

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 08:02:59

I'm going out this morning. I have a 5k PB to beat smile

GlaikitFizzog Sat 02-Feb-13 09:27:39

There would be no peeing at the roadside in that! Dh has a thing for Wonder Woman! But I think that would be a step too far, even for him!

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 09:28:39

How long does a 5K take you then, Blathers?

TantrumsAndBalloons Sat 02-Feb-13 09:34:47

I'm scared that 5k will take me 2 weeks to complete.

Ds1 has made us a training schedule. And laminated it FFS.

Although at least I know I can't back out now. He won't let me. grin

GlaikitFizzog Sat 02-Feb-13 09:39:38

I can walk it in an hour even at this level of fitness! So if I can trot it a wee bit faster I'm happy!

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 09:54:17

grin at laminated training schedule!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 09:54:21

Sorry, but I am really laughing at laminated


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 09:57:13

Loving Knotty's suggested outfit grin


Snorting at diggy in the crutch area and suggested peplum grin and Fizzy peeing at the side of the road. grin

BIWI - really don't ask questions like that!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 09:57:37

But most of all I am hooting at the laminated training schedule!

prettybird Sat 02-Feb-13 09:59:53 barely older than me! smile

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:01:42

It all counts, prettybird! <getting excuses lined up now>

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 10:02:31

Well, this morning it took me 29.05 but my PB is 27.30.

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 10:03:21

I have a sore calf from sprint training on Thursday though <excuses, excuses>

TantrumsAndBalloons Sat 02-Feb-13 10:03:26

Laminated and stuck on the wall

Right above the kettle so I can't miss it.

Bless him, he is very enthusiastic about me doing this.

He keeps saying "5k is nothing mum, I run that all the time"

Yes ds1 but you are 13. And play football 4 times a week. And go to the gym and swim.
I am 35. And knackered. I'm knackered just looking at the schedule.
Just the thought of it.
God only knows what I will be like when I actually start.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:06:14

Tantrums - the very first (and only) time I started C25K, I couldn't even manage day 1 blush. I was truly shocked! Day 1 is only 8 runs, each of 1 minute, interspersed with 90 seconds of walking.

But what was really impressive, I thought, was that the next time I went out, 2 days later (you run every other day), I did manage all 8.

I'm really hoping, having been working hard at the gym, that I will be able to run rather further this time around!

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