“One of the beautiful things about running i... - Bridge to 10K

Bridge to 10K

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“One of the beautiful things about running is that it is direct and elegant. The formula is simple: put one foot in front of the other"


....and making sure you have a lot of friends supporting you with every step you take...

Firstly... thank you everyone for all the pre and post run messages!!! I am so grateful!

Secondly...this is a really, really long Floss ramble.... BUT it was a long run!!! Give up if you get tired....

Yesterday we all won a medal... did you enjoy the run? I did:)


A blue calling card of a sky...pink and white-edged and full of promise.

An early start for me and my wonderful Son in Law...

It was time... all the planning, the panics, the set backs and the steps forward... all behind me now...it was time.

Everything had been packed and checked, and double checked, and at 8 a.m. we were on our way to Bakewell and the Monsal trail Half Marathon.

My first.

Gentle chat as we headed through the calm of an early Sunday morning towards our goal. Beautiful countryside, views at every turn and a familiarity with a county I know well. Little talk about the run, we both have our plans in our head, the common denominator being steady and slow.Matt is just about half my age, with long, long legs and the easy relaxed style of a fit young man. I am blessed that when I have needed him to support me, with aspects of my running, he has done so willingly. Yesterday was no exception.

We made Bakewell in good time...and found a parking pace easily. The air was chillier than I had thought, so I was glad of a warmer long-sleeved top under my tee shirt...gloves and cap... belongings gathered... a double check and we were heading up the hill towards the Starting point. Bakewell is a beautiful town and it stretched below us as we used the hill as a brisk warm up walk... a few fluffy clouds did little to mar the morning, and the sun. although not yet full strength was welcome.

Rounding the corner to the start of the race... a sea of colour... flags flying, trophies sparkling and people everywhere; young, not so young, all shapes, all sizes... all ages. A veritable rainbow of coloured running gear, milling around, with a smile on every face. A hum of chatter and laughter... a feeling of companionship even before we begin...I was at ease... no sense of nervousness, ( thanks Matt for doing that first Park Run with me).

We did the obvious thing.. we headed for the loo queues... and as we stood trying to keep warm in the chilly air, a voice said.. “ Floss...? “ What a start to the day...my lovely friend Bluebirdrunner ... in Derbyshire for her birthday weekend, had forsaken family to be at the race; we hugged and hugged, feeling as if we had known each other for ever, not three short years;a face to match the name and so wonderfully, wonderfully welcome.. introductions all round and chatter as we moved slowly towards the loos!

Then a figure instantly recognisable from all his running selfies, Paul or rolysmate as we know him here... he was running with us and going to give Matt and I, the tips to make that finishing line! More introductions, laughter and chatter.. then a quick loo call and we were heading to the back of the mass of runners making ready to begin...I wanted to start right at the back.. this was my first race.. and I wanted to complete it. This would be the furthest I have every run, in one go...

Soon we were off.. two lots of runners released at intervals and then our turn... a last goodbye, see you later to BBR and I was off. The legs straight away, doing what they do best... as I cleared the buildings, the wind hit almost immediately.. a head wind and a real icy touch. I was glad of the warmth of my clothes. The three of us fell into an easy pace. The outward journey is a slow, but steady incline...not the gradients Matt and I are used to, so we did expect a little slow beginning; running past the houses running alongside the Trail, we were soon into countryside and very quickly, seeing the first 1 mile sign...and not long afterwards... the tables outside the Hassop Station cafe,flags flying bravely in a strengthening wind and the cheers and clapping of early morning coffee drinkers, carried away behind us as we passed.

The pace was set, the trees, the greenery beginning to show those first unmistakable stirrings of Spring... mouse-ear leaves. Pussy willow and glossy, fat sticky buds. I intended having fun. I intended to take everything in and I did; the sweet scents in the air, the flicker of the sun through the branches and the steady, rhythmic sound of running feet.

The runners had thinned out, and for many of the next few kilometres, we were running alone. The Trail is not closed to the public, so we were not the only ones there. Walkers, dogs, buggies and bikes, all adding to a party atmosphere, as we ran under small bridges, over road bridges, towards the viaduct which has the most magnificent views on either side.

A quick photo stop... misswobble was with me as I took the photo that I promised I would take, and off again. We did not chat much, just the odd word here and there, avoiding cyclists and small persons and finding our pace.. Those folk who know me know that it takes me to reach 6K to find my happy pace and I was focused on that. We were beginning now to be overtaken by the 10K runners whose race started after ours.. and soon their 5K turning point was upon us...

Just for the briefest second I did think... maybe I should turn here... and head back.. but the snail crawled over that idea and on we went. It is hard to describe the scenery as I moved on, an open stretch and a side-wind now, blowing me to one side.. and 6K reached...

My breathing was easy and steady as my legs found their pace.. they take over and all I do is move with them. Paul and Matt keeping pace beside me.. Matt could do this in half the time it will take me... but he will not leave my side..almost invisible either alongside, in front or behind.. with the odd word to check I am okay.

And now.. the first tunnel, Headstone... I was a tad worried about the tunnels, as when I cycled them a few weeks ago, they were icy... and I got overly cold... in we went, and the cold hits you... but the welcome paved surface and the lights overhead, provide a welcome shelter from the wind and my new top is keeping me snuggly warm. The tunnels are slightly spooky, for me anyway, their stone wall tapes exuding the story of their creation.. the railway, the trains, the workers, blurring in the dark shadows and all around, strange sounds, feet echoing; disjointed voices, until I am out again into the sunshine which feels much warmer now; two tunnels to go as we pass all the sights en route... Cressbrook Mill, Cressbrook tunnel....Litton Tunnel..Litton Mills... below the Trail.. neat white terraced houses, cottage gardens and the River Wye, white and tumbling, running loudly, chasing along the floor of the Dale gurgling with laughter at the feeble efforts of our legs.

As I carry on, I hear my own forum voice.. land lightly, round the heels, steady and slow...relax the hands and face and shoulders... getting warmer now and as we are getting closer to Millers Dale, we are seeing the speediest of the runners on their return journey...high fives... supportive shouts and encouragement all the way... as we get even closer to the turning point.. there are even more encouraging remarks... and talk of Jaffa cakes.

It has been a steady climb and I am delighted to know, that the unknown has not upended me and my 10K time is not too much slower than my very first 10K...on for a while past the station, which is in the process of renovation and a welcome water stop for a quick drink. Matt downs five small Jaffa cakes... I try one, but he finishes mine.. a drink of water and the most wonderfully genteel marshal who take his hat off to me as he applauds my efforts. Off we go and quick loo stop for me.. the choice of a warmer indoor wee, as opposed to a wild wee...no contest... the boys will take their chances en route.

Then off again and the prospect of downhill but not before a slight uphill climb.. I am being reined in, yet again, by Paul, as he warns me to slow down and keep it steady. (Yes... that is perfectly true! ) He has run HMs before, so we acquiesce to his knowledge..

A return journey and yet no view the same.. it is impossible to absorb all the glorious scenery, the tailwind I was hoping for is absent, the wind has dropped, the sun is warm on my back I am glad of my cap, and as I reach Litton Tunnel I need to shed something, so, a quick striptease in the tunnel entrance whilst the boys have a wild wee... ! I shed my long sleeved top and put my short sleeve back on, to the delight of a group of young men walking, who clearly thought I was a) younger and b) fitter... :)

Down we go.. passing a couple of runners with one of the medical team.. the support on the run is amazing... on again.. steadily downhill but almost indiscernible... I am delighted that my breathing is steady and as we pass a lass we have passed before, and who has passed us in turn, she praises our efforts and compliments us on our steady style...two more tunnels... and on the homeward stretch... I have stitch and have to walk for a few yards, I never get stitch , why now? I do what works for me and off again. I cannot lie, I feel fine...my breathing is steady...my pace is even... but as Matt closes in once more, beside me, he asks., “are you okay,” and I do have to say, “my legs are really tired”. Three miles, still to go... and for the first time in the run I feel the faintest inkling of doubt... and that my friends, is when you step up from just behind me, where you have been the whole time, and there you all are.. right by my side... all your thoughts, your encouraging comments and your overwhelming support.

Your names run through my head... my feet maintain their rhythm... my legs are aching, so, so, much and I feel their weight... but somehow, on I go. The flags flying above Hassop Station. The clapping and shouts of some stalwart supporters.. and a helpful ???? onlooker who shouts.. “Only a mile to go”... Matt and Paul in unison... “ Not that far, Floss “,.

I know I will do it... it will be so. so slow, and so, so steady but I will cross that line... all of you, every single runner on the forums were there... with me, taking me on to that line; and the thought of the friends who were waiting patiently to see the snail home... and suddenly... Matt runs on ahead, with a pace that is unbelievable, to get his chip time and take our photo... Paul grabs my hand and I round the corner and see the smiling face of my dear, dear Bluebird runner, flanked by @Sandie1961 , who has given up part of her holiday to be there, as I run home... and then, I see that Finish Flag. Somehow my legs find a burst of speed... and we are over that line and into the waiting group. I do cry... I am so, so happy that I have had the strength and the health to do this.. and you are all standing with me as the medal is thrust into my hand.

We did it .

Thank you for being there with me... thank you for being my friends.


I have to mention @misswobble.., because, without her I would never have done this.

roseabi for the HM plan.

Paul for keeping me slower and steadier than is possible.

Sandie1961 for being there and the great photos

And... Bluebirdrunner... without her...she who made my congratulatory card before I even ran... well? Enough said xxxx

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We never had any doubt you would do it Oldfloss Seeing you cross that line with such a huge grin and tears in your eyes was so emotional and I feel so pleased that Bluebirdrunner and I could be there to welcome you xxx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

It was fantastic! I can hardly believe it... my face hurts from smiling! Thanks for your wonderful photographs and for being at that finishing line!


Tears in my eyes now Floss. XX

OldflossAdministrator in reply to paulanoo

I cried... the whole experience was very emotional... :) x




That’s all I have to say

Mx 🤗

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Madge50

Thanks you xx


I'm so glad I was able to be there to share your glorious acheivement Floss. As Sandie says we knew you would complete the distance, and the atmosphere surrounding the whole event was one of camaraderie and support for all. I loved it.

The three of you had a fantastic run, on a beautiful route, and finished in real style. Your fingers were so numb Floss you could hardly tear the cellophane from your faboulous medal, but your happy smile as you said..I've done it! Never again!...😀

So proud and happy for you. Now for some fun running though eh?😉

Sandie it was lovely to meet you, and chat running as we waited in the sunshine for our hero's to return.😊xx

Congratulations Floss (Half-Marathon)


paulanooGraduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Excellent floss portrait bluebirdr 😉

BluebirdrunnerGraduate10 in reply to paulanoo

The card looked more professional in my head Paula!😆

How was your 10k road race, is there a report? 😊xx

paulanooGraduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

I didn't do it Bluebird :( I did a weights class on Saturday morning and my knees were aching. Afterwards, I had a spa day with my sisters and mother and was zonked afterwards. I think I'm done with road races as they are tough on the knees and I don't like crowds of runners. Never say never however :)

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

That cards is wonderful and will be framed..!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

It was beyond words, and you know how much it meant to me to have you there.

My fingers still ache? I think it was with holding them, although gently relaxed , in the same position for nearly three hours!

Thanks you for everything! x

WizziewoodGraduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Well done Floss! Such a lovely post ... thank you for sharing it with us ... I was quite moved, brought a tear to my eye at the end.

You have motivated, encouraged and supported me on my running ‘journey’ so I thank you for being there on all my runs.

Once again, well done ... Congratulations ... Brilliant!


Tearing up here too Floss 🤗🌸💫💕 So so very proud of you!!🐌🦋👊

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Flaraflarkin

Thanks you..it was fabulous... and I am so happy!


What a riveting read, Floss! And a run very well ran. Well done you - you continue to inspire me. Huge congrats and round of applause on your first HM! 👏👏👏💐💐💐🍾🍾🍾

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sadie-runs

It was hard... those last three miles.. phew! But.. I enjoyed it, even though I have to keep pinching myself!

Massive congratulations floss. No-one could tire of reading such a wonderful run report! 👏 👏 👏

OldflossAdministrator in reply to uncle_wiggy

It was long, even for me!!! But the run was long!! Thank you !

You had me right from the start. What a beautiful captivating post and what a run !!! What a journey. Huge congratulations to you. 👏👏👏🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️✅

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Wimborne

It was fantastic...like nothing I have ever done... thank you!


Well done, Madame Poet Lady! Absolutely wonderful - run and write-up!!!! 💗 xxx

And that one's going on my list 😊

OldflossAdministrator in reply to roseabi

What a run ...!!!!

I did what you said.. to enjoy and go with the day. The wind was a shock, but I just relaxed... I did find those last three miles a real challenge and I simply don't know how you do what you do!

But... a new experience and one which is going to set my running pattern for the future.

Thank you for everything..I really would not have been here without you!

The Trail is superb.... and the whole feeling on the morning was magical!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Oldfloss

Awesomeness 😍

I was very lucky with the weather 😊


Tears here too 😭 . Lovely post Floss. Once you’ve got HM against your name you never have to do it again. But then again ........

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Never say never..but... I found the training difficult... and am looking forward to getting back to my routines again...thank you!

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Yes the time it takes is one thing that puts me off going further than 10k. So many other things to do.


Proper champion, you. Well done well done well done. Great R3, too (Ramble Race Report).

Whatcha doing next?


OldflossAdministrator in reply to MarkyD

Ha ha... thanks my friend!!!

Well back to my running week I think... some serious strength and flex and then... trail running and learning to ride a unicycle!

BluebirdrunnerGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Ha, yes! Did you see those unicyclists out on your route Floss! It looked fun😄xx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

That's what prompted it!!!

Glad you're home safely will e mail later...small one is here🙃🌻😉


Great run 🏃🏽‍♀️ followed by a great ramble 🐌

OldflossAdministrator in reply to UpTheStanley

Epic.. the run and the ramble.... even by my standards! Thanks you x

Lovely lovely read and what wonderful friends you have (as you are to many I am sure).

I want to be like you. Well done again x

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Couchpotato2

You are.. you run... I run... :) Thank you... I am blessed!


What a wonderful run with some amazing friends and family and the perfect report to share it with all of us who couldn't be there, but felt like we were! I've been waiting patiently for your fabulous report and it didn't disappoint. Great job on such a wonderful accomplishment by an amazing lady (standing ovation👏👏👏👏)

And you, Bluebirdrunner, what a perfect rendition of our dear Floss! Such talent on these forums! Who knew?

OldflossAdministrator in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks my friend..it was a really wonderful, if tiring experience! The ramble took ages to write as I was so tired yesterday!

Some trail running now I think... and I have plans to get down to run with Bluebirdrunner on her home turf too!!! x

SaskAlliecatGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

That sounds like a perfect plan!


Congratulations OF on your first HM. Just amazingly briliant! I loved reading your beautiful eloquent post and know I will re-read it many times. Thank you for sharing your talent for running and writing with us. You truly are an inspiration. Plus huge cheers for the other two members of the Floss 3 team, Matt and Paul

OldflossAdministrator in reply to lexi6

We had a fantastic run... and it was an amazing experience... I need to get back to the old routine now!!! Thank you x


Simply wonderful! 😁 Congratulations Floss - you are amazing.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to skysue16

Just a runner... but one who can run a bit further now Sue... Thanks you xxx


Crikey Floss, that had me snivelling! What a beautiful write-up. I was with you every step of the way. You absolutely nailed that run. Can you believe you’ve actually run a half marathon?

You are epic. 😀❤️👊👏🏃‍♀️🎉🏅💪☀️

OldflossAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I can't I really cannot!

It was fantastic...but still slightly unreal! Thank you xxx


Oh Floss this made me cry. I’m so happy for you and so proud, you are amazing!

A fabulous report and surely a magic momentous memory for the bank.

And extra special to have so many friendly faces there just for you too 🙂

Many congratulations to you and well, well done💪💪💪 xxx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Irishprincess

Maj... I am feeling amazing..I can still hardly believe I ran it... and you were there... ! It was an incredible feeling, like nothing I have ever done... but I loved it! The chums at the race were the really special bit too ...thank you x


Slightly embarrassed that I'm stood on a train with tears in my eyes!

What a lovely post... very enjoyable and full of excitement and joy, just like your long run. You should be so, so, very proud of yourself, not only for the run but for all the time and effort you put into encouraging those of who might, just one day, with a bit of luck, be able to do what you did.

My hat is well and truly off! X

BluebirdrunnerGraduate10 in reply to Pianism

Hear hear! 😊x

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Pianism

Gosh.. that is very kind of you... Sharing the runs and the feelings is the very best bit of this running and the forums.. we inspire each other, we support each other and we share the joy. Thank you!


What a lovely inspiring post demonstrating the joy of your HM and a reminder of the glorious world around us as we run. Thank you for sharing your achievement with us all. I’m inspired even more for my run this morning.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Dowat

I hope it was a fabulous run.. I had a super time and although it was a challenge at the end.. it was so worth it..thank you!


Congratulations Oldfloss, what a post, I will have to read it again, probably more than once again if I start to cry again at the same point.

Lovely. Well done. X 🤗

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Jell6

I had a lovely time.. challenging but what a day! Thank you so much !


Amazing @oldfloss , well done!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to GTypeR

Thanks it was excellent!


That was a lovely post, you really are a star, so gracious and humble, thank you for sharing this, you really have inspired me to push further, so very well done to you xxx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Walshy3

You go girl.. we can do anything we set our hearts on...I take it slow and I take it steady and look where it got me.. I have to keep pinching myself:)

Thank you x

What a great achievement Floss!

So lovely to have others running with you too! You are an inspiration to many, and rightly so!

I was hoping to be at the finish line for you but life can take difficult turns at times! I was thinking about you though🙏🏼

As ever a truely brilliant write up too xxxxxx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Millsie-J

I hope all is well with you.. I thought about you, especially as I crossed that line xxx

It was a long run and a longer still three miles at the end..but I got there..as ever slow and steady! xxx


That is truly amazing and wonderful. A heartfelt well done. Inspirational too. 😊

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Knittingrunner

Just a runner having a terrific time..thank you so much!


What an achievement and what a wonderfully written post too! Congratulations!!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Gwenllian1

Not the easiest of run..but wow... I loved it! Thank you x

Not just a runner, but a writer, as well. Such a pleasure to read!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

A long run.. a long ramble..it was fabulous ! Thank you!


Written from the heart .. You are such a very special lady.

Many Congratulations to you on your HM , an amazing achievement ( Nowt to it is there ? I am joking :-D :-D ) Hope you are enjoying your post race rest .

Lots of love to you xxx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to poppypug

Pops.. it was the longest three miles at the end..but it was awesome.. and you... you were right there with me. You have been there for me from the very, very beginning and you are still with me.Thank youxxx

I had a wonderful time... and I feel good..I did a recovery run , just 1K and then Mr OF and I had a day in Derbyshire again. walking and a picnic , although there was talk of a spot of rock scrambling !!

poppypugGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Blimey ! Even talk of a spot of rock scrambling makes me want to go lie down :-D xxx


I've got tears in my eyes reading this. Magnificent OldFloss, just magnificent!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Tartancat

Nooooo... Happy smiles... We did it.. we got a medal! Thank youx

Having a big emotional moment reading this. So, so proud of you. You’re such an inspiration and support to all of us . . . and now I’m off to find some tissues x

OldflossAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

Oh goodness... you don't need that.. A HUGE smile is what you need.. you were there, with me...and you are are doing amazingly. Huge hug xxx

Don’t worry - it was an entirely therapeutic emotional moment ! Big hugs back xx


😁🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗👏👏👏👏. Great stuff 😃💪👍🏃‍♀️🏅

Good innit 😁

What’s next then 💪😃🌪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

OldflossAdministrator in reply to misswobble

It was awesome. It was slow..but still awesome!!

The atmosphere was electric!

I thought of you so often, especially at the viaduct :) and as I headed into the tunnels!

I am not sure.. i want to do some more trail running definitely ...Carsington is a must for a run for me as I have cycled it so often.. and then.. I am not sure... I want to spend a bit of time just getting back into my regular running pattern as well :)

Thanks for your support!


Perfect, perfect, perfect, nobody could have painted a better picture of that first half marathon experience! Very proud of you and what fantastic support from some wonderful people! xx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to lardofale

It was an experience which I will never forget.. challenging at the end, but terrific fun and made very special too by everyone and their support and kindness! Thank you x

Aw! Oldfloss! Tears from me too! Well done you! Congratulations! It sounds like it was a dream come true! And you enjoyed every tiny aspect! Just as it should be! I wonder how long the after glow will last? Enjoy it for as long as possible! Wonderful, just wonderful!

😊🥇🍾🥂👏🏻🎉👍🌟 💥⚡️ 🏃🏻🤸🏻‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️🤸🏻‍♀️🏃🏻🤸🏻‍♂️

OldflossAdministrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

Still glowing... and can hardly believe it! Thanks you... we had a great run didn't we!

Oldfloss that was so beautifully written you brought tears to my eyes. Happy ones though 🤗 Sometimes we are so focused on the end goal we forget to enjoy the journey.

Brilliant job 👏👏👏 and I hope you are recovering well xx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Jogunlikely

I am and thank you.. I have small runner in training two days a week. so this is a workout day and good for me..no time to stiffen up!

It was a fantastic experience.. and I had fun!


What an inspiring and lovely post, well done

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Chester01

A challenge but so much fun!


I have seen all the wonderful photos but only just had time to sit and read this properly, Oldfloss🙂 What a wonderful read! So, so pleased for you - absolutely fantastic achievement and wonderful to have such great support. Enjoy the glory and your shiny medal! 😀🙂🏃🏽‍♀️🏅👍

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sandraj39

It was a real experience....but so, so many awesome and inspirational people led me here.

Aren't we lucky that we are all part of this and all in here together:)

Thank you... I have a smile that is permanent and I have worn my medal for some of today! :)


Massive congratulations too you lovely lady, always supportive to us newer members on here . Fantastic post , massively inspiring .

Well done . Snails rule 🐌🐌🐌😍😍

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Tinker5393

Don't they just.. slow and steady and with staying power:) Thank you!!!


Wow floss just love this report,really bringing the event alive and what a lovely HM it sounds too! So great that you had such special company and support for your 1st HM, sounds like a really wonderful day! Very proud of you my lovely yellow striped snail friend. Xxx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to aliboo70

Hey Ali! I did it... took me long enough.... and although the last three miles were so loooong! It was fabulous...

So much support. there was no way I was not going to do it..

Sassy Sali Snail was in the car... ( I could not risk carrying her) ... but she brought me luck!

Thank you my friend! x

aliboo70Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

You did it and made a brilliant job of it too!😊 xxx


Virtual hugs from me, TailChaser, and the kittens! What a fantastic achievement 👏👏👏💪🏆

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Katnap

Hugs received gratefully...:P)

Oh, blimey.. it was a great morning... it took me ages, ( although apparently not too unusual time for a first HM...) , but I had a really good run!

I am so glad I did it and the weather and location , well just wonderful!

Having forum friends there too was so special...it made the day!

Thanks you four xxx


Just brilliant Oldfloss!! Amazing - congratulations on a fabulous Half Marathon!! 👏🏻👏🏻😀

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Macmac

Thanks you xxx


Aw, just sat down and read to the end of your lovely post, Floss, and you’ve got me quite tearful. Glad it went so well. Brilliantly well run! 😊❤️❤️❤️🐌🏅🎉🎉🎉🎉

OldflossAdministrator in reply to mountaindreamer

I did it...'nuff said...thank you xxx


Fabulous day. I love Bakewell and that entire area. We never doubted you for a minute 👍😉😗

OldflossAdministrator in reply to GoGo_JoJo

..and that is what supports me..every day...thank you.Yes I love Bakewell too... and all around the area..favourite places to head to when I don't feel like doing any housework! I spent Monday walking at Stanage Edge too!


Belated congratulations Floss! I read this as I embarked on a school trip to France & didn't have time to respond, just catching up on life now. What a tremendous achievement! You must be so proud and still on top of the world, I bet? I loved the description of your run - such a gorgeous part of the country. Long may you continue to inspire and encourage us. X

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Slinkymalinki

School trips to France...oh yes! Our last one was to Ostend..and Belgium..such fun...!

Thank you so much...I still cannot quite believe I made it..and..although not common knowledge..I got a trophy..came Friday...

1st Female Vet.65!!! Talk about icing on the cake!! Xxx


You are truly fabulous! I hope the trophy has pride of place on the mantelpiece - or equivalent. 🏆♀️🏃‍♀️🍾 Xx

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Slinkymalinki

It has indeed!!! My last trophy was for.. flower arranging!!!! Ha ha!


Fantastic post Floss! Congratulations on this milestone achievement you worked so hard for. So happy you were able to get this done with a little help from your friends.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Decker

Missed this reply..thank you my friend!


I've just relived the whole event, what a day and yes it's true I had to steady the snail down a little as I really didn't want us to run out of steam have to walk and my previous experience tells me it's all about those last three miles.

You need to get to 10 with enough left in the tank to carry you through those last 3 miles and that's what we did, yes there was a very short walk break because of the dreaded stitch but it was no more than 2 minutes.

From the start of this little adventure the plan had been to run the whole darn thing ( lets face it if a things worth doing it's worth doing well ) , that was the challenge and we lived up to the challenge and also I'd told dear Flossy that we would cross the line together, hand in hand and as you can see from the photo we did just that.

Who'd ever have thunk that less than 2 years ago when I joined the group a fat tired ex smoker and I staggered through my 1st c25k sessions encouraged by my then mentor, now friend Flossy, the road would have bought us here.

What a day and what memories to carry with us on further adventures, thank you dear Flossy for your friendship and continued support.

Never again until next time lol

Brilliant read. Well done x

This made me cry, but in a good way! 😊

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