#girlsnightout Thank you to all my sponsors. Here’s how it went.

So after I banged on about it so much how did the walk go?

Well … I’m swollen, sore and I can hardly walk but … it was a gas! Indeed I’m already plotting ways to do the full 11 miles next year.

Take the first long drag, Northgate Street. It’s straight and about half a mile long. As we crested the hill at the top with a sea of flashing bunny ears behind us the view in front was the same. Flashing bunny ears to the horizon … well … alright then, to the roundabout half a mile away. But definitely as far as the eye could see. 2,370 ladies did the walk and I have to say the atmosphere never really dipped, although it got a bit quieter in the last mile because I had to do the 6 mile course and most of the other ladies seemed to have done the 11 mile so we 6 milers were much thinner on the ground as we came to the end. However what amazed me was how many people on the route came out of their houses to cheer us on. It was pretty epic.

Could my phone do it justice? No but here’s a few pictures anyway.

First up, Team Gymophobics ready for action! Yay!



A quick post on the memory board … I have lost many friends but only know a couple of acquaintances who left via St Nicks. Even so, I felt it was important to say something hospices are, often wonderful places staffed by amazing people.

Then some pictures from registration … first up selfies good reason, right there, why I seldom appear in photographs.

Two very good reasons why I appear in so few photographs.

A rare occasion with M T the right side of the law. I have no problems admitting that I’m fat but I know I’m not as fat as I look there.


Selfie while waiting for the off.

The lovely waterboys!

The lovely water boys. I’d learned from my experience doing the selfie with the policemen and kept out of the photo.


Waiting for the off … unwiped lense 6.30 – 7.45 it pissed it down.


OK try again, slightly less blurry.



And we’re off … blurry through hand shake and lack of light this time but at least you will get the idea.


My phone isn’t cut out for this, but that’s a solid half a mile of bunny eared ladies.


And again …


And at the 2 mile mark … how cool is that! Thank you to all the lovely folks who cheered us on.

Sadly I have no photos of the end, mainly because I lost the 6 mile group I was with so after saying goodbye to the 11 milers I was on my own and that meant any photos of the end would be of strangers, who might think me odd, or me which would be … well … not good – cf policmen pic.

So was it epic?

Yes. A big thank you everyone who sponsored me and to the various random folks who I did high fives with over garden gates, walls, through windows and in one memorable instance, from a car cruising past the other way – I confess I was slightly worried we might break each other’s arms on that one but it came off fine in the end. Nice crack as the hands connected too! Thanks to everyone everywhere who cheered us on, the whole way round even at the end.

Am I going to do it again?

You bet your sweet arse I will!

Points to take away?

There’s a lot of waiting around and after standing about in the rain for an hour and a half my arthritic knees and pulled hip muscle were pretty much knackered before we began. So next year we’ll meet at the gym, register and get our t-shirts and ears and then go back to mine for a cup of tea for an hour and back up for the warm up at 7.45. By the time we started I was soaked. I also should have worn walking boots. My shoes were comfortable but the soles were not thick enough for walking on pavements and they were soaked to the point of making comedy squelching sounds as I walked – one rather more than the other, thump-squelch, thump-squelch, stylee as I walked down the road.

Classy, as ever.

Despite the pulled hip muscle, wet feet and shonky arthritic knees I was doing pretty well until about 3 miles in when we hit a place called Flemming road where the pavement is basically lots of roots and rocks smoothed to apparent invisibility with asphalt. In the dark it looks skateboard heaven, sleek and smooth but it’s actually proper lumpy: pure pavement moguls. There was a lot of lot of staggering over funny high bits and stumbling into big dips and despite my incredible athletic prowess it took me from no worries to trouble in about 100 yards. This morning when I mentioned it a friend with an artificial leg who lives round there she confirmed that it is, indeed, pavement mogul hell. So Flemming Road needs to be negotiated using the cycle lane on the actual street. Much smoother.

Not pulling a muscle a few days before the walk is also a smart move. And also I strongly recommend avoiding spending the night before any athletic event sleeping on the bathroom floor in a flop sweat, only relieving the tedium by throwing up at intervals.

So that’s it. Minimise the pre off standing, walk on the smooth bits up Flemming Road, sleep rather than hurl the night before and try not to be nursing an injury.

I’m hoping if I do that, next year, I might make it round the 11 mile course … as for this year, I’m really chuffed I made the 6 mile. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me, I made a princely £160. If anyone wants to make a last minute donation, my just giving page is still open:  https://www.justgiving.com/Fundraising/M-T-McGuire



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10 responses to “#girlsnightout Thank you to all my sponsors. Here’s how it went.

  1. That’s a fab photo of your with the cops. I know how you feel about selfies, but trust me, the ones I hated five years ago I think are pretty darn good, now!
    I’m glad you had a good time, even through the ..hm.. ‘difficulties’!

    • Yep it was definitely ace. As for selfies, someone told me a while back that my son will want pictures of me. She said he won’t care how crap they are, he’ll just want to remember what you looked like when he was young and know what you looked like before that. So I’ve started doing a few more selfies so he has a record of my degeneration! 😉

  2. Hurrah! So pleased you managed it. How did you end up separated from your group? Only you. And was it def six miles not six klicks?
    Love the water boys pic. It’s very much in focus so you can manage decent photos for good subjects 😀
    It’a major participation. Were the streets blocked off all the way round? How long did it take you? Couple of hours?
    It used to take me ages to walk eleven miles though, but I’m thinking rucksack up hill and down dale so different to road walking.
    It must have made thousands for the hospice. Some people and their families will have an easier time because of you and the other 2000 plus people.
    In other news, I managed to pull my knee in the middle of the night and am back to limp mode. Ouch! I thought, poorly knee and immediately wondered if you had finished the walk. Bad knee=think of MT!

    • It was 6 miles, definitely. The other 6 milers split, some were way behind and I thought the others were a few hundred yards behind but it turned out that they had sped on because one had a broken foot and found it was much less painful if she walked faster! So if I’d sped off I’d probably have found them but I hung back waiting and missed them.

      Meanwhile the three ladies I was with were all doing the 11 mile and until about 100 yards before the split, so was I. But then I realised that it would not be smart and the state of me the next morning did bear that out!

      A friend who is involved with the hospice said this does pretty much set them up for the year with their fundraising and yes, it’s cool to know I’ve earned enough to pay for a bereavement counselling session and a nurse’s salary for a day! And I scored an extra pair of ears for McMini.

      On the knee front, magnets. Seriously they are completely fucking miraculous. If I do manage to go skiing, magnetic bandages are going to be the magic that sees me through! I hope you are feeling better soon. Having been to the gym and used the vibroplate I am feeling a LOT less stiff and achy today… and the sun’s out and it’s boiling, which helps! 😉



  3. Steff

    You look lovely, especially for a sopping wet person! Well done on the walk & fundraising, especially sounded a bit designed to trip you up, maybe next year they could pick less treacherous terrain? :-O

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