Couch to 5K

How about a different kind of threesome?

day) As some of you may be aware plans are afoot for the first Dozz-ville Challenge Award For The Discombobulated. (Our triathlon now has a name.)

We swim, we ride and we run. All comers welcome. Ability not important. If you can't swim - wade/splosh in the shallow end. If you haven't got a cossie or Speedos I believe Captain poppypug (ents and haberdashery div) is crocheting some. If you haven't got a bike, borrow one, if you can't borrow one go down to the gym and say you'd like a free trial day. You can already run or you wouldn't have found The Discombobulated.

There is BREAKING NEWS. The inaugural event will be held THIS YEAR! Huzzah!

If we wait until next year we will have nothing with which to compare our improvement so we start next month.

No! I hear you shout. We refuse! I hear you holler. I can't! I hear you shriek. (Sorry about the lack of speech marks.)

Yes you can. Just 30 mins of each that's all that's necessary. Just 30 mins is all that's needed. And even not in a row if you can't fit it in. MY middle name is not Brownlee. If yours is I expect double.

The event will take place over the last two weeks of July. I trust you to fit it in when you can and not fib about completion.

There is a small entry fee - £1 into the collection box of your favourite charity. Pops, Toblerones for the Needy is not a charity! Let us know who you supported and why if you wish.

The last, and MOST IMPORTANT RULE is no-one tells the distances they covered. It is a PERSONAL CHALLENGE. I will not allow it to sink into a competition. It is not to see if you do more than others or make you dispirited if you are at the other end of the scale. NO personal results are to be posted, just the proud announcement of having finished. Captain poppypug (ents and haberdashery div) will send Corporal Dennis (tank div) round if this rule is broken. Once you have this year's results you have your personal targets for next year.

(scruttons is giving swimming lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, alternatively Ferd the battle dog does aqua aerobics and synchro if that's what you fancy.)

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Top hole Captain poppypug (ents and haberdashery div)

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Sir! I'm in. I'll get a bicycle from somewhere. Failing that, the gym. If I'm still not on swimming lessons by then, I'll go splosh.

My donation will proudly go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, for the tremendous work they do. I will not post results, and risk a visit from Corporal Dennis and his Tank Div.

Onward, my dear fellow, always.

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Corking stuff!

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I'm in

My donation will go to a dog charity (in recognition of battle dog contribution!)

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And for the idea, "c'est vachement bien!"

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Something obviously not related to cows.

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It's fantastically good!

Querry about The Discombobulated. Is there an order on the day for completing the 3 activities or is it "au p'tit bonheur la chance"?

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Whenever you can fit it in over two weeks at the end of July. Split it if you want or need. No pressure.

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Good-oh.!

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Ok, I'm in, but won't manage to do the swim on the same day as the other two if that's okay.

Splendid idea Dozzer!

My donation gets to the British Heart Foundation.

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Spiffing!

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Ooh fab idea. I'm in! Donation to Badger Trust (it's only fair!).

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Cracking stuff.

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Kona - is that you? Your bike? Your version of speedos?

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A pool would be better. Not much room for movement in a bath.

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Do your very best Second Lieutenant KittyKat007 - that's all that's needed for a personal challenge.

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Ok I am in, dusted off ye olde bike today and took her out for the first time in around 7 years.

Erm I don't have speedos (unless you count my googles) will a zoggs swimsuit be permitted?

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Oh p.s my donation will be going to the M.E Association

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Zoggs will be fine - knew I could rely on you.

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Yes, I'm in too, Sir, as long as I don't have to get my hair wet (I don't have fabulous hair, I'm just rubbish at swimming!) Not sure about the cycling bit either but hey, it's a challenge and I'm up for it. My donation goes to the totally wonderful Marie Curie Cancer nurses who cared for my lovely dad so well in his last days and made sure my lovely mum was ok too. Wonderful idea Dozz. You really are quite a special person aren't you :)

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Good-oh. A friend once indicated how special I am by holding up an imaginary balloon as though I'm five.

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Harsh, very harsh of your friend, I feel. Still, what's not to like in a balloon? :) My comment stands- you are a very special ( in a non-pejorative way) person :)

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Thank you.

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Poppy, I'm touched and honoured. A tea cozy swimming hat will be just perfect ( how did you know my head looks like a teapot?) :)

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Thanks pops, I hope it's going to be flattering. Has it got Lycra?

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Oh no, I want the spout too. I could install a drinking straw and use it as a snorkle. Alternatively could use it to keep a stash of caramel wafers (for medicinal purposes only of course) :)

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Sneaky idea!

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Oooo contrast, definitely contrast. V excited to see this marvellous creation now :D

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Grand!

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I think the running will be hardest for me given I have only been back for 5 runs after my 3 months of lurgies and sair legs. However the end of July gives me time and I am optimistic that I will manage to go the distance..so count me in.

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Forgot to say my donation will go to Crossroads (caring for carers). My dad had dementia and a volunteer from Crossroads used to come every week and take him our for a drive and give my mam a bit of a break. Great organisation.

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Do not fear 30mins can include walking, sitting on a bench then setting the timer going again until you get to 30mins.

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I'm in. I will donate to Leonard Cheshire disability. Great idea.

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Ooh, admin is in! Captain poppypug (ents and haberdashery div) we have arrived!

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Our fame goes before us!

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Morning Dozzer ... could i be IN too? Sounds like FUN!

My donation would be to Caring Friends who give a little relief to carers of Alzheimer sufferers by giving their poorly person a fun morning out away from home :-)

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Obviously you're in if you want. Go for it!

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Already in double figures! Forgot to mention you can have a military ranking if you want after completion. I knew I could rely on you all. Some worthy causes being supported here, well done!

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I'm in, I will be on holiday in (hopefully) sunny Dorset so my swim will be in the sea!! Not sure where I'll find a bike, but I will manage some how. I will donate to the Swanage pier restoration as some of my running will be pounding their well worn planks :)

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Sunny Dorset sounds good. Have fun.

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Oh I'm in! In will dust off my 1930's style sit up & beg bike (complete with wicker basket) and dig out my swimming cossie from the back of my knicker draw! I will donate to a local charity Abbie's Fund - they raise money to provide memory boxes and keepsakes for parents who lose babies through stillbirth or neonatal death in our local area. There was nothing like this when my first baby was stillborn 18 years ago so well worth a donation from me!

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Well done for in. Sorry about your loss - my donation will go to Abbie's Fund to help with their work.

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Wow Thank you xx Please don't feel sorry for my loss, some times things happen for a reason! To remember Sam, I like to feel happy and smile :-) xx

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:) (That's the only time I've ever tried to put out an emoticon. It looks rubbish but it's sincere.)

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It's a lovely smile! Thank you! <3

(I have screen shot to keep it :-) ) xx

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Ah, yes - it was missing a nose. Thought it didn't look right.

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It was/is the best ever smile! :)

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Stand by your beds, Major Disaster here!

Count me in ~ I am tasked to do all 3 bits on Dartmoor where I can cycle so far, run a bit and then splosh in a wild swimming lake.

Donation to Macmillan.

Is fancy dress optional, as I've just seen a mermaid down the road and wondered if she was in training for it?

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You're in. I'm afraid you have a long, long way to go to become a Major Disaster. Pops is only a captain, she'd not be happy. Fancy dress - excellent idea!

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My dear friend, and comrade in running. You have never seen me swim ~ now that IS a major disaster. Lots of splashing, lots of arms flailing, but little in the way of forward propulsion.

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I would NEVER buy tights ~ it's stockings all the way!

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Careful in the pool.

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Thanks for the concern. The pool is very shallow, and may be dried out at the moment, which would help my swimming style enormously.

I would NEVER wild swim in deeper water on my own.

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...and you think I'm joking!!

I remember buying my first pair. On Scout camp as a fresh faced youth, many, many years ago......the fan belt snapped and a pair of stockings saved the day.

You wern't thinking something else, were you?

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As long as that's all you're using your stocking for.

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I have worn them at times. Great for keeping the old legs warm when out on the hills. Also, they are fantastic when paddling in water wich has jellyfish in. They stop them stinging you as much!! Take my word for it ~ jellyfish stings realy hurt.

Oh yes, they look great under a nice skirt too ;~)

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Oh, Matron!

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Very popular with farmers too. but they won't admit it!

Now, off to change and go shopping ~ a 'woman's' work is never done!

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Just a new running bra then!!

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Ha ha , go on then , if you must :-) xxx

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Actually, I'm off to buy our son and heir some food to take to yet another rowing regatta tomorrow. Lots of pasta.

Isn't my life so exciting!?

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Rock n Roll Sal, Rock n Roll, 24 hour party people that's us :-) xxx

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Oh yes. There is no stopping me when I get going...unless there is a nice cup of hot choc and a chocolate digestive! Now, where did I leave my specs and crossword...?

PS. No new stockings, or anything else for me for that matter :~(

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Ah , the simple pleasures of life, don't forget your slippers :-) xxx

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Heels off and comfy slippers already on.

Just in time to watch Countdown and listen to the Light Programme on the wireless.

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'apart from the maths bit', well, that just sums it up. OK, bad joke.

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OK, you do the jokes, but if anyone saw me now they would laugh!!

Is that your pooch?

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Not before Izzie had licked him into submission..

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Snap. Izzie is a rescue pooch too, or to be more precise, a rescue foetus. Her mum was in a pound in Ireland, got pregnant, was shipped across to a local-to-us rescue centre, and we picked one of the 11 in the litter.

I'm sure Doug is a wonderful chap and keeps you company, just as Izzie-dog does when I'm here all on my own doing my Cinderella act.

I refuse to take her running again though!!

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If you ask me, Doug, King of Pugs, looks about as scary as a pack of marshmallows.

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Master of cunning and deception? Possibly Doug, King of Pups could nick a dog biccie from the cupboard but I bet he's not able to get a Jammie dodger.

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Bad please. Then it can only get better.

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Aah, but you missed the chocolate Guu puddings!

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You swine!

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I had pugs trotters.

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Tee hee! You do not nick my yogurt again.

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Night pnp

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Freudian slip, ha ha!

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Behind you! While you're doing this he's nicking the dodgers.

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Much paperwork is being done - must keep records.

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No time for a pie chart. Go get a yogurt from the fridge.

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Great idea! Count me in. My charity is Age Uk as I think older people are a forgotten part of society. Also, with all these fit runners here, there'll be more oldies around in the future!

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Count me in, I will have to cycle at the gym cos I have no balance on a bike and can I do 30 mins at deep water aerobics please then I will have my floaty belt on so I can't drown whilst running round the pool :)

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You're in, any style of the disciplines is fine. Deep water aerobics sounds risky to me. Thanks for the support!

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Private Horror reporting for duty. I will have to borrow my son's bike (mountain not BMX) and the swim will have to be when I'm on my hols in Mauritius (I will struggle on for the good of the forum).

Nominated charity is the Lily Mae Foundation, a local charity raising money for families after a stillbirth or neonatal death. I'm running a 5k fun run organised with the charity in September so will add my donation to my (hopefully fruitful) sponsorship form.

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Another welcome participant! Good work, spread the news!

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ok and me, has to be for cancer as my grand daughter is fighting the buggar, shall I add my donation to my just giving page or what ?

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Hooray! We win over granny judges!

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granny judges, how very dare you I resign !!

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Oops speller corrected your moniker, grannyjudes, sorry.

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ok, back in again

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Yes, put it on the just giving page or in at the local charity shop.

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I am in. My pound will go to, er, i am unfamiliar with the British names of these things, so i will have to research. Something cancer related, or something local that i find. I will report back, sir.

For the bikeride portion, this is just the excuse i need to rent one of Glasgow's nifty new rent-a-bikes! For swimming, i dont know. We have made a promise to the wee boy of a daytrip to the seaside but that me happen too soon. We are moving house the last week of July, if it is raining, will that count for swimming? I would suggest maybe moving day i will be hot and sweaty enough to call it swimming. But i have been here officially a year today, so i know better.

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I knew you were up to it Nilzed! Well done!

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Great I'm in! Off to borrow a bike...

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Good man/woman/child, Pigivi. We hope to hear more of you. Tell us your plans.

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Woman - often childish:) pronounced peegeevee. Just now back from a 35 minutes run, and I still find it unbelievable I can do that!!! My bike has been living in Nagasaki post bomb - probably not very PC as a name but quite apt to describe my garage - so I have to borrow something with wheels that actually turn . There is a new cycling group in town - for beginners or wimps like me that are too terrified to tackle the Irish country roads - and they meet every week for a short ride - so I will join them and they supply bikes, then I may find some skilled rider that can fix mine... Then I will probably do the ride really early in the morning, before Mister John Deere and Mister Massey-Ferguson are out on roads that are wide enough for a mule with a cart!

The swim is the easy one - sort of, I think that being Italian does not agree with swimming in 30 minutes in the cold Atlantic waters, but since I run around a salt water lake I may as well finish the run by swimming in it. Or the other way round, like a real triathlete!

The pound (or 1.30 Euro) will go to the Cancer Connect, a local rural transport service that organizes minibuses or cars to drive cancer patients to Cork for radio and chemio treatments

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I have to say there are various spots at my place adorned in the post-nuclear holocaust style. I keep pondering decorating or tidying but generally decide it will one day be fashionable. How a mess gets to be fashionable I don't know but I believe Tracey Emin made something for her bed.

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I do enjoy a swim and I have a bike (my trusty folding Brompton) - therefore can't think of any reason why I shouldn't do this. Donation is to Parkinson's UK.

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Way-to-go! Welcome to club.

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I'll combine my ladies cycling day with my running day and make the effort to do the swim the same day too - which despite teaching it, I will actually find the hardest, especially on the same day - so have the ambulance on stand-by, as well as all those rescuers! My donation will go to Cancer UK.

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Go Corporal scruttons (phys ed div) go! Don't forget you're giving lessons tomorrow evening.

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I'll have to catch you all following day, unless you all turn up to the pool!? It'll be 'lively' as I have some 'interesting' characters as special schools..............but maybe we'll all be quite at home? I certainly am!

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Tried to sign up for this the other day on my mobile ($£*%$ thing!)... I love the idea and will join if I may. I'll post my pound off to Potential Plus UK - it's a charity that helps support gifted children and their families. They do a great job helping liaise with schools and in giving the parents advice and suggestions as to how to handle the issues of asynchronous development (Alan Partridge did a great show on this!) and working with the children (providing peer groups, helping to stop some of them disengaging with school, etc).

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Fabulous! You're in!

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I'd like to join in too, please. If all continues to plan and I manage to do some running while on holiday over the next 2 weeks then I should be on week 9 by the last week of July, so the 30 minutes running should be possible. The swimming will be fine, I can do that already, and I do have a bike which hopefully only needs tyres to be pumped up to make it useful. I love the idea of this and my donation will be to guide dogs for the blind - as well as being a good cause, I always wanted to put money in the dog statue box at the supermarket.

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Cool! Love the dog at the supermarket bit!

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Does the cycling aspect have to be travelling over ground on a bike with wheels or does stationary exercise bike count? If the latter, I'm on board. I'm a rubbish swimmer but it's good to be out of one's comfort zone, so they say.

My donation, if I am accepted, and even if not, will be to the Alzheimer's Society, who help my mum tremendously.

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All accepted. Exercise bike fine. Just splashing through in the shallow end is fine if you can't swim.

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Am I too late to join? Just checking do have to do them all on same day? I am hoping to cycle tomorrow and swimming Thursday :) my jogging will be on whichever day I feel confident I can finish :) my £1 will be going to Hospice of The Good Shepard for all their help they offered my family and friends x

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The more the merrier Net68. Welcome!

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Thanks, I work shifts hence this late post! What a good idea, I'm in and will donate to our local 'shelter ' centre.

Can now run, have bike, and now an incentive to swim for 30 minutes- brilliant idea dozzer19.

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Brill!

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Can I join too please? Done a 30 min walk, son coming over to clear garage so I can finally get my bike out, and trip to pool planned. Donation to Rainbow Hospice via the Susan Taylor Memorial Fund, the wonderful vibrant young lady who died last year while swimming the channel.

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Welcome to the discombobulated!

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coming in late to the party but im in! but with three young sprogs my events will have to span over three separate days. will do my utmost to not let you down - the swimming will be the challenge here methinks....

my donation going to brain tumour research

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Oh total beginner of course you're welcome. Do you like Jammie Dodgers and Vimto?

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how did you know?! but have to admit not drank any vimto in a long time! im an original child of the 70's-80's hehe.

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Put any orders in to Second Lieutenant lizziebeth57 (supplies div, triathlete)

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Hurrah! Did it Monday and Tuesday. Monday repeating W1R1 yet again. Really must go and get some decent shoes, job for this evening before w1r2 again. Tuesday went swimming 12:00 to 13:00 nice gentle breaststroke with a couple of coughing breaks and then Tuesday evening cycle around Manchester where I'm currently based. Not losing any weight as yet, but feeling a whole lot healthier. If I can just knock the excessive red wine on the head...

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Huzzah! Good work SlowFit (triathlete)! Keep it up!

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