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02/01/2008 at 15:30

enjoy Cuba, Ian.

DId you make it to the town moor yesterday?

TS, look after yourself and relax!

02/01/2008 at 16:53
Hi DD, no, although I had an entry, I didn't fancy the Town Moor in the conditions, but had an hour's run out near Weetslade, mostly off road , but not in mud !
02/01/2008 at 20:01


Cuba eh - hand rolled cigars on the inside of a dusky maidens thigh - an urban myth I am assured but it sounds much better than the reality

you should be well prepared for the wet if not the heat !!!

I just completed the stats in my log book. Last year I had done 18 weeks where the mileage was <9 miles and still manged to do 1261 miles!!!! Target for this year is to do a few more weeks at slightly higher mileage rates..............................................................

09/01/2008 at 23:37

my yearly miles for 2007 was just over 400 and i was quite impressed!

 got a stonking 5km pb dec 27th....took 6mins22secs off my time from last year for the course...finished in a cracking time of 31:01! but ironically still managed to finish last in the race...but there were 50 fewer runners than last year.

currently full of cold and feeling yuck and still nursing a poorly bunny who has had a urinary tract infection..anti-biotics made a big difference but he has now sussed all the bribes to get him to swallow it from the pipette a fantastic tip from the vet today...seems its very bitter so if you dunk the pipette in honey once it has the medicine in he will take...and guess battle tonight! just want us both to be fit and well....ringing the vets on tuesday with an update...we need nice clear piddle rather than pink/orange piddle (for the bunnykins not me!)

oh and happy new year to you all x x x

16/01/2008 at 13:47

> comes into thread and makes lots of noise to wake up fellow northern socialites!!!!!!


> awaits empty echo.........

OK where are you all? 

17/01/2008 at 16:59


hard at training ........................least that's wot some would call it

Hope bunny has recovered ......... and that you have got over cold - nasty stuff if it was like the one I had between xmas and new year.

as you have seen its BM on Sunday - worrying little preparation on my part so its get me round time only...........................................I hope!!

Edited: 17/01/2008 at 16:59
17/01/2008 at 19:19

Happy New Year All!

Like Torque Steer, I'm trying to get some miles under my belt ready for Rome Marathon in March. Just wondered , is anyone doing the Love Run in Gosforth on February 9th? I did it a couple of years ago but not sure about this time. It may be my only race before we go off to Italy so keen to find out what interest is like

Can sympathise with Princess and her cold , still trying to get over mine which followed on from norvirus. Nothing like getting it all over in one go..

17/01/2008 at 21:27

Hello Bill and TS

THe bunny is sort of better-we had 9days of anti-biotics and his bladder returned to its normal density however we still have pink piddle ooooooo the Love Run sounds interesting..when/where/distance etc would be useful.

Im much better-had a little bit of a rattlie chest but haven't been floored by it nor did I need my inhaler/anti-biotics to shft it or manage it. Just parted company with my gym (disagreement with manager who then turned very rude with me). Went to look at nice posh place which isn't any further away by foot but has lots of lovely facilities but would be £15 a month more...oh decisions decisions!

TS I may get to catch up with you at BM-Im not running as didnt get in but buses etc permitting I should get over to see you finish and then fall into a pub or something.

18/01/2008 at 11:39

Hi there Princess , an update for you

Love Run is usually at Gosforth Park artound the area of the racecourse and has been a two lap 10k race over multi terrain - ie a bit of road, some woods and a climb up a hill in a park. It usually takes place around Valentine's and is organised by a charity called PPUK ( now called Action Duchenne) so its in a very good cause. There are usually events in London , Cardiff , Manchester and Newcastle. I did it about two years ago and found it a really good, friendly event , well organised- maybe because it had been very frosty so the cross country wasn't in the least boggy.

After all that, anyone else thinking of doing it?

18/01/2008 at 12:08


I 'll be the really old git towards the back so you will have a long wait!!

I suspect it will be  a bit boggy this year around Gosforth Park!!

18/01/2008 at 23:35
TS I still have to find my way from the train station to racecourse yet! dont worry as long as I have coffee I dont mind a wait!
22/01/2008 at 11:37

Greetings all, on my return from Cuba.

What an amazing place. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly go back.

I'll need to gloss over the race, as a stupid choice of shoe and sock for the walking recce of the course, made an amazing mess of my heels, which meant I was in flip flops for the rest of the week, so I did a bit of marshalling instead of running. This will indicate just how steep the course was in places.

The cigar factories are shut for most of January, but we did see a demo in one of the many rum factories we visited. Most interesting, but no dusky maidens' thighs were involved. In saying that, after the first few rum factories, it was difficult to be sure about anything.

I have also now had the dubious delight of flying in an Ilyushin, as the US Government had managed to get the lease cancelled on Cubana's shiny new Boeings. It was quite an eye opener  just how much the US Govt hate Cuba and everything it stands for and will do anything to disrupt them. Particularly as the Cubans that I met have nothing against Americans and welcome their visits (although it is illegal and you cannot fly direct from the USA).

Roll on Portugal training camp in March .

22/01/2008 at 22:24


 good to have you back - sounds like an entertaining trip apart from the heels - and an absence of dusky maidens thighs

Ran the Brass Monkey on Sunday in a mercifully rain free interlude in 1:42;30 off minimal training and actually quite enjoyed it - complete with negative split as I went off fairly cautiously not being sure I would get to the end!!!

No sign of PPB - she must have been hiding behind a lamp post

27/01/2008 at 23:03

TS I was the finish with a big gob yelling in fetchies who I spotted in their tops....small person in blue waterproof jacket and stylish purple hat

 Sorry didn't see you...perhaps I need to find a race and head north....if I can find a floor etc.....

10/02/2008 at 23:25

OK where are you all hiding???????????????????????

Im getting really worried about the lack of northern interest in the northern social thread......this just isn't good enough guys..come on your thread needs you!

love ppb and bunny xx

11/02/2008 at 09:19


Not hiding anywhere, It's weeks before I next head off in search of the sun

Making a gradual return to regular running after my hamstring problems and also now 3 weeks into the post Cuba/Christmas weight loss programme. Results so far positive, if slow.

Looking forward to a race, but not sure what is around at present. Must look harder. 

11/02/2008 at 09:50
North Tyneside 10k Ian, March 23rd - looks good
11/02/2008 at 11:22
Hi DD, I booked for this so early, that my number for it is 008  !
11/02/2008 at 11:29

I can beat that Ian,

my number for the Blackpool marathon this year is................


11/02/2008 at 11:33
wow, no pressure there then
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