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Chase the Pud 2014

The British Heart Foundation’s Santa Run in York is called Chase the Pud 🙂  When you get there, you get your santa suit and then have a choice of completing one or two laps of the service track at York Racecourse.  One lap is 3K and 2 laps is 6K.  They have someone dressed as the “pud” who sets of first and you have to chase the pud and try to beat them.  Needless to say, we didn’t catch the pud, we didn’t even get close as we started very near the back.  I think one of the guys from parkrun beat him though.

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had decided that after yesterday’s huge PB from Adam for the 5K we would just do the one lap BUT we would run all of it – no walking!  He agreed to this so that’s what we did.  I had thought that we could probably average around 6:30 per km and, therefore, finish in under 19:30.  We did that, and then some 🙂  The first km was a slow and steady 6:45 but the 2nd was quite a bit faster at 6:05 and the final km?  A fantastic 5:50!  Final time? 18:40 with an average km time of 6:13 😀  So happy and very proud of my boy, who was, by the way, still talking to me all the way around.  I think we could have run another lap 😉  If you’d like to sponsor us, you can do so through our JustGiving page.

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I also bought the Virtual Running UK’s Santa Shuffle medal which I am going to give to Adam to add to his “bling” collection 😀

I have agreed to let Adam go back to intervals at parkrun next Saturday but I’m going to increase the running interval to 5 minutes, shh don’t tell him 🙂




R U Taking the P? 2014

It’s Father’s Day which means it is also the day of the R U Taking the P? 5K run for men.  This year my husband and son decided to take part to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Care.  It was a 9.30 am start and we had to walk to Rowntrees Park (about 45 minutes) so no lie-in for my Man and Boy today.

We got to Rowntrees Park at around 9.05 am and they started the information talk at 9.20 am.  The warm up was so much better than the ones they do for the Race for Life.  They had Mark Sullivan who was the Sergeant Major on Lads Army on ITV (it was a few years ago) doing the warm up and he had them jogging round the field, forwards, backwards, sideways…  Much better than the aerobics class style warm up you usually get where you don’t have room to move so don’t actually warm up anyway!

After the warm up they were walked round to the start.  Then they were off for a short lap round Rowntrees Park and then out of the main gates along the river footpath to Skeldergate Bridge, over the river and back down the other side to Millennium Bridge, over the bridge and back to the main gates for a final lap in Rowntrees Park to the finish.

I watched my Man and Boy come out of the park to run up the river and then waited to see them run down the opposite side.  They were still together when they were walking towards Millennium Bridge but when they got to the bridge my son decided he’d like to run the rest on his own so I got a huge surprise when I saw him running towards me to go back into Rowntrees Park.  He then ran round the park by himself to the finish.  I was so proud!  While I was waiting for him at the finish I heard someone say “He runs the parkrun with his mum”.  I turned round and he said “Oh it’s you!”  and I said “Yes, he’s mine he was running with his dad but seems to have left him behind”.

My son finished in around 40 minutes which, considering he ran the first part of the run with his dad was really good.  My husband finished about 3 minutes behind – I’m really proud of him too as his calves seize up and he is in lots of pain after about 500m!

Both my husband and my son were running in memory of my father-in-law who died of prostate cancer in 1995.  If you would like to sponsor them to help this wonderful cause, please visit their JustGiving page.  Thank you for reading x

5K Runs for Charity

I wasn’t going to enter the Race for Life this year as I am taking part in parkrun almost every week so don’t need it as a warm-up for the York 10K. I don’t really like doing the Race for Life as I feel quite guilty not actively getting sponsorship for it so all they get from me is my entry fee and money from any merchandise I buy on the day, I loved the pink shoelaces! I put them in my black work trainers when I worked at Tesco, the Managers tried to get me to take them out but I refused 😉

Anyway, my husband decided he’d quite like to do a 5K and asked me to find out when the R U Taking the P? 5K is in York.  It’s on Father’s Day.  Father’s Day is on 15th June this year in case you didn’t know – I wouldn’t want you to be caught out if you need to know this information.  We asked our son if he’d like to do a 5K with Dad and he said “yes”.  So my husband and son will be run/walking the 5K to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

My husband then said, “So when’s the Race for Life then?”
Hmm, “I wasn’t going to do it this year,” I said.
“Oh, but you have to.  We need to know how much you beat us by and our 5Ks are on different days this year,” says he.

He’s right, the last time my husband ran a 5K was the R U Taking the P? in 2011 and the Race for Life 5K was at 2 pm the same day.  On that occasion, he finished in around 48 minutes and I finished in around 37 minutes.  As these events are fun runs and aren’t timed the finishing times are estimated.  So I finished a whopping 11 minutes quicker than he did 3 years ago and I’m hoping that it’ll be an even bigger gap this year.  Unfortunately, my son will be a lot slower than we know he is capable of as he’ll have to run at my husband’s intervals as it is a male only event, which was originally started in 2010 to raise money for prostate cancer research, so I won’t be able to support him on his intervals.



Swimathon 2012

I’ve done it!  I’ve entered this year’s Swimathon 🙂  The email saying that registration was open came yesterday, after I’d finished on the computer for the day, and they are offering half price registration to the first 10,000 full price entrants before the end of January.  Not wanting to miss out, I registered when I got home this afternoon.

Now all I need to do it get the training in so that I can finish in less than 1 hour 52 minutes (last year’s personal best).  To be honest, I’m glad that I now have something to train for as I am rubbish at keeping up an exercise plan without it.  I was back in the pool this morning but only did 60 lengths of a 17m pool so I think I’m going to have to increase my distance somewhat to be ready to swim 5,000m.  I have 16 weeks to go and most training plans are for a period of 8 weeks so that should give me plenty of time to get back on track.

This will also, hopefully, cross 2 of my tasks off my 101 in 1,001 list.

The Rag ‘n’ Phone Man

This is something I am going to try in the very near future.  A friend of mine mentioned it to me just before Christmas and said that she had got about £30 from 6 bags of clothes, belts, shoes and bedding.  So, I went on their website yesterday to find out more.

  1. They will collect clothes (including shoes and belts), bedding, soft toys and handbags
  2. They will give you 50p per kg of clothes etc.
  3. They will collect books and give you 5p per kg
  4. They will also collect mobile phones but the amount they give you depends on the type of phone and these are valued separately

When we fill a charity bag and leave it outside for collection, the charity only gets between 20p and £1 for each 10kg bag which they collect.  That doesn’t seem right somehow.  If we sell our bags to the Rag ‘n’ Phone Man we will get £5 for that same 10kg bag of clothes which we can then donate to the charity of our choice and not the charity named on the collection bag.  Even if we only donate half of what we get the charity is quids in and, if we use a website such as Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving, they will collect the Gift Aid to add to your donation too.  OK, before I get comments from people saying that companies such as Just Giving and Virgin Money Giving take a fee off the amount donated, yes they do but they will still donate more than your original donation to the charity and if the charity collect the Gift Aid portion themselves, not all of them do, they would be taking money off the donation through their administration costs.

The other thing I like about the Rag ‘n’ Phone Man is that they will arrange a day to come and collect your bags and weigh them in front of you so you don’t have to leave them outside to get wet or stolen.

Swimathon 2011

I took part in the Swimathon 2011 in raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care on Sunday 10 April 2011. I finished in a time of 1 hour 52 minutes which is a personal best for me, whoop!

However, I could have completed the 5,000m faster. I completed the first 100 lengths (2,500m) in 60 minutes which means that I came back in the second half in 52 minutes (8 minutes faster!). How does that work? Surely I should have been too tired to finish faster? I would say it was down to good pacing but it wasn’t. It was down to the fact that during the first half I had to keep stopping at the end of each length (or two) to let slower swimmers get further down the length before I started again. We had two swimmers in our lane who, I suspect, had over-estimated their speed and put down a faster estimated time of completing their swim than they should have. Fortunately, they were only completing 1,500m and 2,500m rather than the full 5,000m swim. Anyway, these two swimmers were quite slow compared to the other 4 in the lane (including me) but they would not stop at the end of the lane to let anyone else pass or if they did they’d only let one person pass and then the rest of us would be stuck behind them. In the end, we had to resort to trying to get passed them whilst swimming down the lane! Not a good position to be in and not good lane etiquette.

Also, one of these two slower swimmers also insisted on doing a tumble turn at the end of each length even though she was swimming breast-stroke! She also looked over her shoulder every time to check that she wasn’t going to hit anyone so would have seen the queue forming behind her. So you’d think. It all came to a head when two of the other swimmers were having a break to the sides of the lane, leaving enough room for swimmers to turn, when this woman did a tumble turn (having checked over her shoulder and seen me coming) straight into my path. I had to stand up to avoid being hit!

Now, going back to these two swimmers who didn’t let us pass. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that you will have swimmers of different speeds in a lane and I fully expect to have faster and slower swimmers with me. I actually don’t consider myself to be a fast swimmer (it takes me just under 30s to swim 25m). However, it is my understanding that, during lane swimming, if you are a slower swimmer and you see someone finishing close to you then you let them pass. If you are a faster swimmer, you can tap a slower swimmer on the foot to let them know you are there and they should let you pass at the end of the length. Most of what I have found regarding lane swimming etiquette confirms this, including the web articles below.

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Anyway, all in all I had a great time and the event was well organised by Energise in York. My husband counted my lengths and my son was on hand to let me know when I had got half way, had 50 lengths to go and 10 lengths to go. I was also complemented on my technique by another swimmer who said I was an elegant swimmer.

I hope to do the event again next year but would appreciate it if participants would anticipate a slower swimming speed and finishing time rather than faster and learn about lane etiquette.

I am now in training for the next fundraiser. Running now as we are coming into the (supposedly) Summer. I am taking part in the Race for Life on 19 June 2011 for Cancer Research. I am doing the 5k as a warm up for my main event and fundraiser. The big one for me will be the Run For All 10k on 31 July 2011.

What are you looking forward to this year?

Yay! An easy daily/weekly blog post suggestion for me 😀

Anyone who read my blog about travel money cards last year will know that I am going on holiday with my husband, son and step-daughter this year as I was looking at what was out there for those of us who are travelling and don’t want to take a lot of cash.

As a Disney (especially Eeyore and Pooh) nut, I have been planning this year’s holiday for about 5 years or so when I decided that I wanted to go back to Disney for my 40th birthday. It is my 40th birthday in September 2011 (actually it is on the 10th anniversary of 9/11) and what better place for me to celebrate than at the “happiest place on earth”? It is also my step-daughter’s 25th birthday a few days before mine so we invited her to come along with us (she wants to meet Tigger so I can see a meal at Crystal Palace during our stay).

The other “treat” I wanted for my 40th birthday was to swim with dolphins so I’ll have to see what I can do about that. If I manage to book somewhere to swim with them, that will be another thing to look forward to.

Other things I am looking forward to this year are:

Taking part in the Swimathon – 5,000m swim on 10 April to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care; and the big one which has become an annual event for me

Taking part in the Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All 10k in York on 31 July.