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Graduated with a Movember 5k


I finally graduated today and did my 5k run as a charity fundraiser for Movember. As you can see I came last in the race, and took 58 minutes and 31 seconds to complete it. My friend ran round with me for company and motivation and she was worth her weight in gold. My legs, hips, and knees are aching but I have to remember I’m still 4 stone overweight so that’s a lot of pressure on my joints. I’ve enjoyed the challenge but I don’t think I’ll keep running as I don’t love it. I’d prefer to go for faster longer walks instead now I know I can cover 5k. I may have been last in the race but I was first out of me!! Thank you all for your support throughout this journey and good luck for anyone starting out. I have a great sense of achievement (and a medal in the shape of a moustache) that nobody can ever take away. ❤️

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Congratulations! Shame you’re not carrying on, but you’re right, nobody can take this or that bling away from you. Well done today, and I hope your future fitness journey is something that gives you many years of happiness.


Hi bairnbroom, congratulations on completing C25K with week 9 run 3 of C25K, you did well, don't worry about coming last, you could still run a bit, but long walks are still a great way to get fit and exercise.

To get your graduation 🎓 badge and the word GRADUATE 🎓 next to your username leave a message on the *October* graduate post in the pinned posts on the right side of the healthunlocked C25K home page and tell the administrators that you have ran W9R3 of C25K😊🎓🏃

*November Post should be posted up soon

bairnbroon in reply to AlMorr

Have done. Thank you so much. Xx


Many congratulations on your graduation fellow runner

This guide to post C25K running may be helpful

Keep running, keep smiling.

Thank you. Will read this tonight. I won’t stop doing something 3 times a week and having read others that didn’t make 5k but managed 30 minutes I might have success there. Xx


Congratulations, well done!

Big congrats bairnbroon! And happy (fast) walking! 😁 You are well on your way in your journey 😊


Congrats Bairnbroon you did it and very right to be proud of yourself. It’s what you feel for that you follow and fast walking is great. You will not quit as you did not. Many thanks for the update and keep it up with your fast walking.


Well done, you should be very proud!


Well done, bairnbroon! We were in the same race. In fact my name is in this photo. :)

You might change your mind about running. When I started on C25k in 2016 my aim was to run for 30 minutes three times a week because I thought that - even if I didn't enjoy doing that - it was a good way to fit a decent amount of cardiovascular exercise into my week. I've had some health ups and downs along the way which have meant that quite often I haven't actually enjoyed the running, especially since regaining some weight recently, but I still think it is a Good Thing and I remain committed to keeping it going.

If you do change your mind, parkrun is a good thing to try. You can walk all of it if you have to, or bits of it as run/walk. And lots of us adjourn afterwards for coffee and (in my case a scrambled egg roll) to the Black Watch café. You'd be welcome to come.

bairnbroon in reply to AnneDroid

Ooh, I might take you up on that. Thank you for making yourself known and sharing your story with me. The runnjng definitely helped me to lose weight and the thought of doing a walk/run with like minded people on a Sunday is better than sitting on my backside. Hopefully see you one Sunday soon. B xx

AnneDroidGraduate in reply to bairnbroon

Brilliant! It's a Saturday not a Sunday though... Hope to see you one of these weeks. x

Even better. 10am? X

AnneDroidGraduate in reply to bairnbroon

9.30am. If you google parkrun you'll see how to register, and you'll also be able to go onto a page for our local course. You print off a barcode and bring it with you (I laminated mine). Most people do that, and it gives you your time. If you do go ahead with this you'll find it very encouraging to see how you are getting on, as your time comes down.

The great thing about parkrun is that all ages and stages and abilities are equally welcome and no one is judged. People won't think, "Oh isn't that person slow!" If they think anything at all about you it will be, "Good for her!" There is always a tail-walker so you'll beat someone. :)

Just run/walk as you're able and one of these days you'll find you've run the whole thing!


Fabulous job, bairnbroon ! 🥇⭐️⭐️⭐️ Keep up that fitness, however you choose to do it, and enjoy your journey, whatever shape it takes x

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