Another big ‘O’

On Friday the 12th May we are up early to catch a train to Toulouse and then another to Carcassonne before taking the shuttle bus to the airport and arrive back at our house late evening.

On Sunday the 14th Charles and I drive to Leeds where I complete the Leeds Half Marathon with 6754 other runners. I’m pleased to finish in 2 hours and 1 minute and 52 seconds. I am the 3477th person to cross the finish line; 2nd in my age category and 804 out of 2680 females. I’m also chuffed to be awarded with a £20 sports voucher. Primarily I’m running to support and raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of our dear friend Chris who sadly passed away in February after a brave fight.

Then we have a very busy week preparing for Laura’s 30th birthday party for around fifty friends and family.

Happy 30th, Laura!

We have a great day and  most of us enjoy the Vodkaluge – for the uninitiated it is an ice sculpture, this one in the shape of 30 and shots of vodka are poured down the funnel to an awaiting mouth around a spout at the bottom – I have to say when its written down like this it sounds weird but we have a lot of fun and one of Laura even allowed the little ones to have a go with water of course!!! Click on an image from the Vodkaluge Rouges Gallery:

Daniel and Jonathan come up from London and Matthew brings his girlfriend, Helen along which I think is pretty brave being introduced to the whole family in one go but she copes very well and just mucks in – I’m now trying to encourage them to visit us in France on the barge.

Just a bit if rain!
Cake cutting – rain has stopped
Girls together!
Sarah, Damien and Simon
Colleagues from school

Simon, Joanne and all the kids together with Kieran, Bobby, Damien and Sarah also enjoy the celebrations and Laura’s godmother Alison joins in the fun too.

All a bit much for the ‘oldies’!


On Sunday the 28th May Simon and I run the 10 k race in Northallerton with 657 runners which we had decided was going to be a fast easy run – how wrong we are.  It’s much hillier than we expect and a very hot day.  IMG_1476The event is well organised but I think there should have been more water stations. It’s the first time I’ve run with someone and really enjoyed running with my step-son finishing in 53 minutes missing my intended time of 50 minutes but importantly I came first in my age category and 50th (of 334) female to cross the finish line and 230th overall – competitive me????!!!!!

Crossing the line together

On Monday the 29th we return to France thankfully to find no more buildings had been set on fire and Bluegum dirty but all in one piece. We clean, shop and set off from Moissac on the 31st May.

I have raised £200 of the £500 to support Prostate Cancer UK so any contribution you can make would be greatly appreciated.

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