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I feel really glad that I completed 15 miles yesterday in under 3 hours. I was a bit fazed as had my daughters 11th birthday party on Saturday…with 9 screaming excitable 11 year olds, and 2 for a sleepover..

I did the Bristol to bath cycle path. My plan was to run to the station, get the train to Bristol, run the path , then a friend would meet me in Bath and return me home again… However this didn’t go quite to plan- the things that went wrong include:

Trains all cancelled, had to get the bus and run extra to get to the start.

IT rained A LOT and I was soaked within 30 minutes

My phone DIED at 10 miles and it was at 32%

I had no way of contacting my friend so I had to improvise

My friend eventually found me in a heap in the Apple shop charging my phone ( that was how I improvised)

We ate lunch at a v cold vege café ( she is a vegan) and I was in wet clothes…. By this point I was really really cold

When I reached 15 miles I still wasn’t at the end of the path but I just couldn’t run anymore so had to walk about 3 miles to get to Bath ( fast walking)


Jelly babies

SIS tab in Camel

Crème egg as treat at the finish

Learning for next time:

Go home as soon as I have finished OR have a clothes bag stashed somewhere…

Get a better phone AND take out a battery pack so I can charge en route. My husband has a solar powered one I could wear like a hat!!!!

Plan my route better and don’t rely on public transport!

Big hurdle for me as longest run since my marathon last April… 17 miles next in 2 weeks’ time….

Happy Panthering


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Good on you. You got your 15 miles in. Sometimes, I could swear that these things are sent to try us.

I'm considering buying a £20 non-smartphone for running - the type we all used 10 years ago. The battery always lasted at least a week, and they are a fraction of the size of the current smartphones. If I fall over and smash it or it gets soaked with rain it's only £20 down the drain instead of a few hundred. I only want something that will let me phone home in an emergency. I know that it will be a new number but I can run it on pay as you go for coppers and it will stop me trying to read irrelevant work emails when I'm running.

in reply to AdamB

That is such a good idea, my flipping iPhone is a nightmare!!!! I could then just use a little iPod for my music.... I love it, my iPhone has water damage too as it's impossible to keep it dry on really wet runs...

in reply to ju-ju-

Next time you travel through an airport, pick up a stash of those ziplock bags for your toiletries. Then, pop your phone in one anytime you take it for a run. Keeps all the moisture off, stops you from checking emails whilst you're out, but a b****r if you need to answer the phone in a hurry.

in reply to AdamB

It's a good plan Adam. I carry one on my runs now (and with me on my motorbike). You just have to remember to make a short call now and again or the money on the phone seems to disappear.

Well done on your 15 miles! Brilliant 🎉🏃🏻 sounds like a lovely route despite the problem phone! I would've felt a bit lost. I hate failing technology mid run, my phone had low battery on a trail run up on Stanage edge so rather than carry on I turned back, didn't think it was worth risking. My friend keeps a flask of hot chocolate in her car in winter to have on her return, that sounds appealing even in summer! 😃

in reply to KatieW

That is a good idea re the flask... And I don't blame you re your phone. Where I was is fairly built up and populated so I wasn't scared just needed to find a way to contact my friend!!! And Thankyou 😀


Blimey JJ, that was a really hardcore run. Hope you haven't suffered any after effects from getting so cold and wet - I'd be in bed for a week after an experience like that. I am, as ever, amazed at your strength of purpose and singlemindedness. Very well done, Panther Lady. Good luck with the 17miler xx

in reply to AncientMum

A www Thankyou... I warmed up by the fire at home and I sat at my desk with a blanket on my knew at work much to everyone's amusement! I'm okay now, hoping to run tomorrow morning 🤗

But would the solar powered hat have worked in the rain.........

Brilliant run BTW. I also carry a cheap phone (old one of hubby's) as i don't want to take my smartphone out with me in all weathers.

Quite a run, you will nail your marathon. On top of a birthday party/sleepover you really are tough :-)

Other half and l backpacked the coast to coast a good few years ago and all but the first and last day were in pouring rain. I don't think we, or the tent, dried out the whole trip! Anyway one lunchtime we we stopped at a cafe and after being looked over in our bedraggled state were 'allowed' to sit and eat in a lean-to round the back! At least you were allowed in, shame they didn't have the heating on. Hope you've recovered - and warmed up now.


Well done Ju, Blimey what a mare !

Still, you bossed it ! I keep my phone in one of those ziplock little freezer bags when its raining . Its a bit of a faff but it keeps it dry mainly.

Youre made of strong stuff Panther Lady ! What an inspiration xxx


15 miles is brilliant - well done ☺

What a litany of horrors Juju! Amazingly, you pulled through, as you always do. But you are right - you mustn't get cold and sit in wet things after a run - that sounds awful. So if I were you I would drive around the SW planting cheap primark warm clothes in various locations. Bury them in fields, hide under rocks - that sort of thing. Then all you have to do is avoid people seeing your pants and bra as you strip off in a field or high street to change into your "secret" clothes! Simples....

in reply to danzargo

"seeing pants and bra"

Commando, surely????


Wow thats quite a distance juicyju, and with those set of circumstances you did brilliantly to complete it! 😊

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