My Movember

Race No 23 Movember 5k, Battersea Park, London


When will I ever learn not to book races that are the other side of London on a Sunday morning, no time soon apparently as I have booked several similar races for 2015!

I have never done one of the Movember runs before and if I am honest the only reason I signed up now was because of the bling


As seems to be the usual with all my races at the moment the day didn’t really go to plan, walking through Battersea Park on the way to the start I slipped on some wet leaves and twisted my knee, I also realised while waiting for my train at Victoria that I had forgotten my Garmin *sobs*

I love Battersea Park if the organisers planned the routes differently they could see us running along the edge of the Thames but disappointingly this was another race that saw us run two internal laps of the park (as with the Poppy Run, I believe the course was slightly short of that stated 5k route)

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Would I do the race again, definitely and next year I will try and rope in some friends, entry for the 5k was only £16 which I don’t think is bad for a chip timed race with such a fab bling

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Plus we were given some fab goodies at the finish line, a bag of yummy Popchips and some Whey Hey Protein Banofee Ice Cream (can’t believe this is still in my freezer and I have resisted trying this for so long, maybe a New Years Day treat.. nom)

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My Poppy Run, Battersea Park, London



Race No 21 – The Poppy Run 5k

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As soon as I saw this race advertised I knew I had to enter, like most people my age my grandparents fought in the war, my ex husband was in Iraq during the early 90’s and I have friends that have been involved in the more recent conflicts so the British Legion Poppy Appeal is something I always support

Unfortunately I didn’t really think the logistics of this one through very well, my local race was being held at night in a park, I am scared of my own shadow and now had to find my way to the registration point in a very large dimly lit park on my own, I expected there to be signs directing you to the start but unfortunately there wasn’t a single one, so I ended up walking around in a very large circle

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The registration process was simple and the bag drop while the least secure I have ever seen (a pile in the bandstand) was perfectly adequate

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The race itself was disappointing, two laps of part of the park, Battersea Park is beautiful and sits between Albert & Battersea bridges unfortunately, the organisers brought us on an earlier pathway so we didn’t get to see the bridges lit up at night. I also managed not to turn my watch on at the start, I am not sure what is going on with me and races recently so I don’t know what my time was other than not good – I also had to stop and tie my shoe laces, what is wrong with me recently

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I have to give a special mention to the goody bag, entry to this race was only £15 and included a t-shirt, medal & one of the best goody bags I have seen at a race, I am loving the Whole Earth Peanut Butter sachets being given out at races recently

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If your would like to register your interest in taking part in one of the Poppy Run events in 2015, please click on the link below