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Annual OAP's Day Out At Birmingham Adidas Run

It was that time of year again for the Dudley Ladies OAPS ( alias Marion, Eileen & Ann) to use their bus passes and have their annual big day out in Birmingham

It all started off at 8.30.when their trusty chauffer Roger (Ann's Husband) rounded everybody  up for the race (Ring a Ride still won't help out crossing council boundaries)

They arrived in time to meet up with some other club members Natalie Dellar, Roni Smith, Jane and Chelsey Tibbetts, Annie Myatt and Lorren Winwood plus some others that they can't remember the names of. (They've reached that age now, poor things)

With the weather overcast It all started off with a rousing warm up by some aerobic ladies and then it was off to the start. After winding their way through the field to nearly the front and the the usual quick chat to fellow runners, the Claxton sounded and they were off.

Despite the weather there were plenty of people to line the route waving and cheering everyone on along Broad Street then on to the Hagley Road via the underpass the same as last year. "The lunatic fringe' (well all 2000 runners actually)  -were shouting and screaming as they ran through the underpass.

As our OAP's pushed on towards the Hagley Road the elite runners were returning on the other side and everyone gave them a clap...............and carried on towards  TGI Friday's (well what is left of it) this is the halfway point then its homeward bound again to the underpass this time a little quieter, then back along Broad Street. It's then that you need the crowds and they didn't disappoint they waved and cheered everybody home

Our trusty band all finished in respectable times. collected their medals and again had a massive 'goody bag'.

The weather was just ideal for running, the rain kept off and so did the sun (it's probably on a month's holiday)

This is a good 5k run with great atmosphere and a large goody bag at the end which the OPS thoroughly recommend.............

Natalie Dellar who went along with OAP's in order to be their carer and look after them also had a good run finishing in a time of 27:34, knocking 3 minutes off her target.

She reports

"In a shock move I followed Marion almost to the front of the starting pack – I’m glad I did because in previous years we’ve been stuck behind people who run for 3 minutes and then walk the rest, (I know I shouldn’t complain as it is a fun run). This time we had plenty of room to run and it didn’t feel like we were getting in anyone else’s way.  The conditions were good, not too cold, threat of rain but it didn’t actually happen. Really good goody bag as well.

 

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