What fun that was! Absolutely brilliant. Left home at 7:30am on my scooter and froze myself to death as far as Haymarket in Central London. Parked up in a bay in Charles II Strreet and made my way towards the meeting point at the War Rooms. Before too long, so many HU Forum chums had arrived - Aliboo, boz, Juicyju, TurboTortoise, Getting fitter, Aussie, c4ats, beads, realfoodieclub, Vicky, Sue, Karen, Miles_Yonder and loads of other friendly folk amongst many others.

Juicyju, Vicky and I set off to the start line to gauge the lie of the land, so to speak, and get a gauge of the "vibe". Juicyju visited the facilities as I stood guard outside in case any freakish person tried the door whilst she was otherwise engaged. There were Polar Bear people there to give you a "hug" if you so desired, but I refrained from such close proximity to a stranger and carried on walking toward the start line.

We had been given start times but these quickly got cast aside as the throng of people approached the start line area. Juju, Vicky and I made our way to the start area, where we heard a rousing "Go for it" speech by Jo Pavey (couldn't bloody see her) and we all moved forward ten yards. We STOPPED as the first "wave" went out. It turned out that we were in WAVE 2 and as the people gathered around us, the temperature of our bodies rose to comfort levels. Up until NOW we were ABSOLUTELY F***ING FREEEEEEEEZING!!!!! I'm not kidding folks, it was cuttingly cold out there. And once wwe'd jettisoned out warm "throw away" tops, we were all shivering like bast**ds!!

At least we were off. Vicky tore off like a mad woman. Juicyju and I decided to run together to give each other moral support. We had the most idyllic run together - chatting occasionally, checking each other every now and again to make sure we were "ok" and the kilometre markers came and went SOOOOOO quickly!! It really helped running along with someone who was the same speed. I had no desire today to get a PB - I just wanted to enjoy the fun of it. The pace Juju and set ourselves was PERFECT. Not too slow, but not so fast that we'd get completely knackered.

At K9 I suggested we pick up the pace, for a glorious finish. As it was, we were both getting a bit tired at this stage and as we approached the finish line, I grabbed her arm - linking it into mine and said "we are gonna finish at the SAME TIME baby!". We crossed the line in unison and breathed heavily. We had DONE it in around 58 minutes and some change.......

Body temperatures dropped considerably incredibly quickly after the finish. I ran off to my scooter to put on another top and also another pair of trousers over my running tights. Juju and Vicky sauntered off to the very posh Charing Cross Hotel where we all met up for a chat later. TurboTortoise joined us before we left for the giant Blue Cock on Trafalgar Sq to meet with other folks. We took pictures, some of which I hope will end up on here!!

So here's the conundrum......

I checked the website for results time and get this....Even though Juicyju and I set off and finished at EXACTLY the same time, hers was 59'42 and mine was 1 hour 11 mins 12 secs?????? WHAT the F*** is that all about???????? Clearly the chips they gave us are a pile of sh**e and didn't work. Ah well, today for me wasn't about time -- it was about meeting up with all the fab C25K'ers and having a blast.

The pic is Vicky, me and Juju before the start line. Juicyju did make aVLOG so watch out for that as it co-stars "yours truly" as we traversed the mighty course!

Thanks for reading. Lets do it all again next year. It can be our "annual" meet up gig!!

Yer pal



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  • Great to meet you Dan. Aussie and I ended up in Wave 5 so timed it perfectly. We did our own thing and I got an official PB. As my first real race it was superb. Don't understand your chips I think you can put a query into the website. Fantastic to put names to faces today. Hope your trip home is warmer

  • Cheers GF. Your time was magnificent!

  • Yes, am attempting to query....grrrr....

  • Great post Dan and well done to all those that took part???

  • Thanks JA.

  • Great report Dan. How fab was it that you met up with so many C25K'ers? What a lovely memorable day. Hope you're sitting with your feet up and partaking of a little recovery drinkie.

  • Yes I certainly am!!

  • Great post Dan, what a fab day !

    What great memories you will have of meeting up with so many C25kers and putting names to faces and you got to run with Juicy Ju :-)

    Yes , I agree with Kitty, I would definitely query your time. You must have had a faulty chip or something. Hope it didnt spoil your race though.

    Lovely photo too ! :-D xxx

  • Thanks PP. I am currently querying my chip time. Apparently I am a woman called Kathy who appears to have my bib number.......???

  • Ooh heck, poor Kathy, she will be going round telling everyone she has done 10k in under an hour.

    Hope you get it sorted Dan , sure you will once the organisers realise theres been a cock up :-D xx

  • PP how is your hip?

  • Not good at all Dan , thanks for asking xxx

    I have been trying to do the exercises but it is soo painful. This morning when I got up it had seemed to have eased a bit so I thought I would go out and try and have a gentle run . I had gone about ten minutes and had to stop, it was agony :-(

    I have been sat here with a hot water bottle on my hip all afternoon. The only thing that seems to relieve it is if I walk on my tip toes.

    I wont be risking running again thats for sure. I am just going to see what happens when my X Rays come back.

    So Im down but not out, just panicking a bit about my 10K in May xxx

  • Oh Pops this is such bad news!! Didn't realise you were in quite so much pain. You've got loads of time before your 10k so don't worry sweetie, although I can understand why you're feeling a bit panicky. I'm sending you lots of cyber hugs and virtual ibuprofen gel to supplement what you're taking. Chin up, not long until you get your X-rays back and you can start to get those pesky hips sorted out. Xxxx

  • Thanks EM xxx

    Yep, I couldve sat on the kerb and cried today. I just want to know what it is, whats causing it and more importantly how can I get rid of it and make sure it never comes back .

    Oh Patience Pug !, Deep breaths Pug, Deep breaths , OMMMMM......

    I was feeling really positive, cos I thought it was getting better , but this has brought me down again.

    I WILL get better though, I know that. I just have to keep thinking that and keep my chin up ! :-D xxx

  • Thanks Kitty, Im not a very patient patient, but I have got to be , it is what it is.

    Ive just got to suck it up.

    I always feel better after posting on here though. I know there is light at the end of the tunnel :-)

    Just got to wait for those X Rays now xxxx

  • If it's any consolation, daughter no 2 was literally screaming in pain from her hip following a ballet injury. She had X-rays and an MRI but the surgeon finally recommended anti inflammatories 3 times a day as the best way to sort it, as nothing was actually torn, just bruised and swollen. The physio reckoned Pilates was the best treatment. My point is, that she was in so much pain we were convinced she'd never be able to dance again or, at least, it would be a long recovery. In the end though, she was back en pointe after only about a month. Fngers crossed, you'll be back up and running very soon xxxx

  • Thanks EM, I am taking the anti flamms and the doc recommended heat not ice .

    I think your mind starts playing games with you and you think you'll never run again, or you will be told to stop running.

    Its just sometimes you cant see the wood through the trees and you cant see a way out.

    Its a sit and wait for me. I will do that 10k though, even if I have to walk it. Plus Runon has said he will give me a piggyback ha ha :-D xxx

  • Poppypug I went through a nasty hip thing almost 2 years ago now, also got x-rayed but it turned out to be a muscular tear. It took me out of running for over a month, and like you I feared that was it. But here I am these days plodding along quite happily, I'm sure you will too once this is sorted. xx

  • Thank you NB, that sounds very encouraging.

    I think I could live with a month off if I knew I would get back after that

    Thank you so much for posting, I really appreciate you taking the time to post this xxx

  • Hope you get your justice Dan, and yes, what a fab way to share your success!

  • Fab post Kathy... I'm so envious of you all xx

  • Ha ha Curly, Love it :-D xxx

  • Sounds like such a great day out. I've just watched JJs vlog and you two look like you're having a whale of a time. Such bad news about your chip time. Hope you can get it sorted out

  • The most important is you enjoyed it! And at least you know your time thanks to JJ-

    Well done!

    Happy running.

  • I don't know who to reply to as there are lots of great stories and pictures. Well done to you all, sounds like a great event and great that you got to meet up!

  • That sounds wonderful and what a great photo - thanks for telling us all about it. :-)

  • Brilliant blog...just checked again and it says 59.54... That's garmin said 58 something. However I really don't mind I had such a fab time running with you and meeting everyone!!

  • Great to meet up and as I said in an earlier post I saw you come across the finish line your time was wrong. Justice hopefully will prevail. What a great day.

  • Did anyone meet up with Drakey ? Just wondered how he got on ? :-) xxx

  • Good job you weren't going for a PB or anything Dan, otherwise you would have been well miffed with the timing issue!

    Other than that, it sounds like great fun.

    Well done all!

  • Great to meet you yesterday Dan! I don't come on here very often now as a load of us are now in the FB group but just wanted to pop on and say Hi :) It was a fab day and loved meeting up with everyone.

    Hope you get your chip time sorted but I know the frustration.....I did a race once using these bib chips rather than the shoe ones and it didn't register at all which was really annoying! Good job I had my trusty Garmin to record it for posterity!!

    Hope we get to meet up again at some other race in the future for more shiny bling! ;) Sue

  • Well done Dan; hope you get the chip time sorted. But it sounds as though all had a whale of a time.

  • Well done Dan, and so lovely that you were part of team panther :) x

  • Really great stuff, Dan. Great post, and a great run from you too. Was fantastic to meet you at last. :-) I do heartily agree; this race could be our big annual C25Ker get together and it certainly looks like it's heading that way, with a good number of us already signed-up to next year's race already!

    Hope the legs are working well after the race and that recovery is going nicely.

    Happy running, Mr Dan! :-)

  • excellent to meet you dan, you are just as i imagined you would be(that IS a compliment!) and you and juicyju got round in style :) Glad you've got the chip time issue sorted! :)

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