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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


5madthings Sat 27-Apr-13 17:42:51

Hope the run went well piggy our first woollyhugs winner!!

5madthings Sat 27-Apr-13 17:43:55

Wow look at the total today! smile

Well done piggy - hope it went well!

droitwichmummy Sat 27-Apr-13 18:38:54

I've been cheering you on from the top of the Malvern Hills today piggy! Hope it was nowhere near as windy for you as it was for us!

PiggyPlumPie Sat 27-Apr-13 19:48:33

I bloody well did it!!!! No official time yet but think just under 1hr 13 mins.

It was really hard, mainly woodland tracks with an absolute stinker of a hill - more like a bloomin mountain!! I have never seen anything like it and it was 1.2 km long!!!! Needless to say I walked that bit.

Ran the rest of with you all behind me, urging me on. You cannot believe how you all kept me going. I made a little wooly bracelet to wear and kept touching it.

Thank you all for your support today - I could not have done it without you.

Am away to find some pics for the FB page!!


MrsDeVere Sat 27-Apr-13 19:54:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

5madthings Sat 27-Apr-13 19:57:15

Yay way to go piggy very impressed at your time, esp with a hill!

Well done piggy grin

Brilliant piggy, you've set the bar high for the rest of us!

GlaikitFizzog Sat 27-Apr-13 19:59:37

Well done piggy, it is a hell of a course isn't it! I've walked it and was knackered! Go you!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Apr-13 20:04:33

Yaaaaaaayyyyy Piggyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

You are a bloody star!! Massive congratulations and THANK YOU!!

Otherworld Sat 27-Apr-13 22:55:28

Well done Piggy grin

droitwichmummy Sat 27-Apr-13 23:40:49

Hooray! Well done - love the woolly bracelet idea smile

PiggyPlumPie Sun 28-Apr-13 10:46:00

Ok official time of 1hr 13 mins and 29 sec. That is your target!!

Am fully expecting to be well and truly beaten wink

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 10:48:34

Yay well done, I will be really happy to get that time, aim in for under one hour 15mins and our running London is flat pretty much I think!

Piggy that's a brilliant time for a hilly course! Well done again!

5mad - I don't want to speak too soon, but if I get chance this week I might try some of our 10K route. I'm working right by The Mall Mon-Thurs and may have an early finish one or two days. If I do, I'll report back on hills grin. I suppose I could even have a go at running some of it, but then I'd have to cart shower stuff and running gear into work as well as my usual stuff or get DH, who works nearby, to carry some of it in for me

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 11:43:01

Oh good, yes do go and gave a walk/run and see what its like.

I have looked at the map on the bupa page and it looks OK, having visited the area I don't remember it being hilly....

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 11:46:26

Imam just about to go out for a rum,'am half ready with running trousers on and am waiting for dp to get back, its gloriously summy here so shall have to run without my jacket and use dps running belt for my phone. Have been feeling a bit yuck with a cold for a few days so hoping I don't find it too hard. The plan is wk ten run so three lots of 15 mins with a one min break in between..

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 12:18:51

Can't think of too many hills in central London, bridges might feel mountainous though grin

I love the woolly bracelet idea, we should all wear one smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 12:21:55

Will do the new thread in a bit when I can get on the computer.

Just fell over at the current amount in JustGiving - £1,116.33 shock When we have the new thread am going to link it from WH Facebook and say plenty of time for new folk to join, and even if someone runs /shuffles round their local park run and gets money put in, then that is fabulous.

Go Team Woolly Hugs!!

5madthings Sun 28-Apr-13 12:23:54

I saw the total yesterday and was shock grin

Right I am off for a run, not taking merryn up on her request to come with me, she wanted to be pushed in the pushchair as I ran smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:26:09

We have a new thread here

<ties on trainers and trots over>

Tis back in Chat to see if we can rally any more folk.

See you over there -------->

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