So What's Been Happening ?
The Bipolar, Fat
Girls Guide To Running, Swimming and Living
By Dudley Ladies Laura Rose
Birmingham Half Marathon 16th October 2017
For weeks, running up to the half, I had seriously considered pulling out of the race. As you know my physical health has not been great for training and I have found running very difficult. I'm not a 'natural runner' anyway, but the , Fibromyalgia, slipped disc, Arthritis and being over weight really doesn't help when it comes to making any real progress- but I'm stubborn so as the weekend rolled around, I had made the decision that even I had to walk the bloody thing then I was going to finish and get my medal!
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This year saw a record turn out of Dudley Ladies,
many of them first timers who only started running as Beginners back in
April do the Birmingham Half Marathon
To see so many blue vests was really fantastic, it was an amazing effort
and everyone involved did the club proud
Michelle Marney said:
"A massive heartfelt thank you to Rita
& the fellow Dudley Ladies that came to Birmingham today to support us. The hardest part for me was knowing that I'd be crossing the finish line without anyone waiting for me, so I really appreciate it. What an amazing club we are part of, proud to wear my club colours today xx"
Jenny Campana said:
"Well I ran and survived the brum half marathon with an amazing group of Dudley Ladies xx....even met a storm trooper along the way .. what an experience.....Laura Rose thank you for inspiring me.... Michelle Jayne Marney, EllenClarkie Clarke we bloody smashed our first half marathon!!!"
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News - Club Subs Are Now Due For 2017-2018
Thank you once again for
all your support this year.
The Christmas Chip Butty
Night, the regular meals out, the Breakfast Runs, the Races, the Beginners
Group, the Presentation Evening and the friendships made have all been
really enjoyable and made everything Phil and I do really worthwhile.
But in order to keep
this going and meet all our obligations etc, we need you to smile through
gritted teeth and pay your Club Subs which are due by the end of the month
If you are a Full Time
Student or Unemployed it will cost you - £20 for the year
An Adult over 16 will
again cost - £40
And Joint Mother and
Daughter - £60
Please fill out a new
membership form next time you’re down the club and pay up as soon as you
However, if we’ve done
our job and you wish to move on then please let us know so that we can wish
you luck, give you our blessing and
take you out of the mailing lists etc.
Hope to see you soon
This year’s Presentation Evening was again held at
Linden House, Tettenhall on Friday 7th July.
began at 7.30pm when Rita welcomed everyone to the event before
starting the evening off with a loud explosion of party poppers
silver service three course meal of
Minestrone Soup or Iced Melon with Ginger for starters,
Chicken Chasseur or Roast Topside of Beef or
Feta Cheese & Broccoli Bake for main course, with Profiteroles in
Hot Bailey’s Sauce or Strawberries & Cream for dessert
Following the meal, which everyone said was excellent, Rita again
graciously allowed Phil his yearly treat by
allowing him to speak in public and he duly congratulated everyone on their
Click on the Camera icon on the right to see
the pictures of who won what and read all about it
Dudley Ladies 10 Week Beginners Course
Started 25th April 2017
This years Beginners Course
started on 25th April 2017, from Wombourne Leisure
Centre, Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BJ, commencing at 7.30pm but
if new people still want to come, they are more than welcome
Around 90 ladies turned up eager to
begin their new journey to become proficient runners
The evening started with Rita doing
all the introductions, giving some background to the club and explaining
what they would be doing and what to expect before allowing Phil the rare
opportunity to speak in public
After the talk, the real work began
when the group were taken on to the field for the first time and shown the
Dudley Ladies way of warming up and stretching which will become their
mantra over the coming weeks
Following the warm-up, the running
proper began, starting off with Rita walking the group before slowly
introducing longer and longer periods of running which everybody did with
big smiles on their faces
So if you are just starting out and are interested in learning to run with other like-minded women, then Dudley Ladies "Official" 10 week course for absolute beginners’ is just the thing for you.
Women of all ages, sizes and abilities are there; some who are happy to take responsibility for them bring their kids, whilst the oldest lady is nearly 70. The smallest lady is size extra small and the largest being extra extra large
Everyone progresses at their own rate ...and some of last year’s beginners even went on to do the Great North Run and this year's London Marathon, so you're bound to fit in somewhere.
One of the reasons that the club is so successful is because it is women only which means you can just be yourself without any pressure to run faster or further than you want to or bother what you say or look like.
You will make loads of new friends and once you get involved, you’ll never look back.
Beginners will meet at Wombourne Leisure Centre, in Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BJ on Tuesday's and Thursdays and LEAVE the centre at 7.30pm
After a couple of weeks when we will be meeting at 7.00pm so that we can start to integrate the Beginners with the established ladies in the club, so just check before you come
You can either come Tuesday's or Thursday's or both Tuesday and Thursday it's entirely up to you.
We will also meet on a Sunday morning at 9.00am a bit later on if you want to do a bit extra.
When you come, park on the Ounsdale school car park next door to the Leisure Centre and then ask anyone wearing a blue Dudley Ladies tee shirt where to find us but I’m normally in the school dining room if you're stuck.
So just come along and try a session, there'll be no pressure on you or any obligation to join.
After that, if you think we're the club for you, you simply pay your £25 subs, join the club and get stuck in.
If you need any more info, check out our www.dudleyladies.co.uk website, the Official Dudley Ladies Facebook Page or email email@example.com
Anyway, hope to see you there
you are interested and want to know more about our Beginners then click on the Learner icon on the
Sunday 24th April saw thousands of runners take to the streets in order to
pit themselves against the distance or raise money for good causes.
Amongst them were Sue Davis (left) who did the the London Marathon in a very
creditable 5Hrs 34mins after stopping to give assistance to another runner
and Becky Brookes who did the Stratford Shakespeare Marathon in 5Hrs 13mins.
It was the first marathon for both ladies and they helped raise thousands
of pounds for their chosen charity.
Well done, ALL of Dudley Ladies are proud of you.
Sainsbury’s Sports Relief 2016
On Sunday March 20th, Tracey Priest, Claire
Panter, Natalie Wilkes, Annie Marie, Angela Dainty, Rachel Jukes and Amanda
Harcourt all took part in the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief event at
In 2012 Tracey was only able to walk the speedway track
but having now been through Rita’s Beginners Course and on-going coaching
she and all the others did the club proud by running 18 laps of the track
which added up to 3 miles, raising nearly £200 in the process. Well Done
Marathon 13th March 2016
Sunday 13th March Debbie Hughes, Nicky Pinchers, Sue Davis and Jane
Breakwell undertook the Silverstone Half Marathon.
Sue was using it as a stepping stone towards her London Marathon run in a
few weeks time, it was Nicky's first half marathon and she is now so
enthused that she wants to do a full marathon somewhere abroad, it was
Debbie's second half marathon and beat her previous run by seven minutes as
did Jane. So everyone was absolutely delighted with what they set out to
They were each running for their own personal charities but ran together
all the way around and paced it spot on to finish in 2hrs 27min
Well Done Ladies
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NO PARKING PLEASE
Because of the increased
numbers in the club now, can we re-remind everyone to use the Ounsdale School carpark or the slip road outside?
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do
NOT park on the Leisure Centre carpark.
It’s causing all sorts
of disruption and problems so PLEASE park on the school or the
If you are able to car
share then that would help enormously
we will try and match up up with a suitable friend.
Ladies Are Now On Facebook
There is now an "Official" Dudley Ladies Facebook page.
So if you want to keep up with old
friends or just want to have a chat then just simply search for "Official
Dudley Ladies Running Club" on Facebook and ask to be enrolled as a member
Done Lisa - You Did it
After months and months of training through rain,
wind, heat and everything else, Lisa completed the London Marathon and did
"To all my
wonderful friends and family. Thanks for your support over the last months I
couldn't have run the marathon without you guys. The year has been hard not
just training but all the other things that have been going on but I did the
run for Carl and it was so wonderful to see his face, he was so proud and
I'm so glad that he inspired me to run.
Jill Dixon and
I had no idea you were coming and fab to see you !!! And to
Kelly Dunn and
for coming too. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends xx thanks xx
Rita Vanes who has been with me every step of the way. I couldn't have
achieved this without you xxx
Needs Your Help
year, Lisa’s brother Carl ran
the London Marathon in 3:48, despite his recent diagnosis of Advanced
Carl is a truly
amazing person and throughout last year he continued to raise money for
Prostate Cancer by running three half marathons in 5 weeks!!
That was despite
undergoing numerous treatments and overcoming various difficult hurdles!
At that time Lisa
couldn’t run 100 yards, however Carl asked her to enter the 2014 London
Marathon with him, just in case he couldn't do it, so she joined Dudley
Ladies 10 week Beginners Running Course and that started her journey, making
some great friends and meeting some inspirational people along the way!
Her journey has
been arduous, with long hours of training in all sorts of weather and she
still has many more hours of training to complete before the big day.
To go from
absolute beginner to marathon runner inside 12 months is daunting enough by
anybody’s standards, but as Lisa said, this is nothing compared to what Carl
has to endure every day to continue his fight against this terrible
Lisa loves Carl
and her aim is to raise awareness, raise lots of money and hopefully make
her big brother proud!!!
So please support
Lisa if you’re able and help raise some money for a very worthy but under
publicised charity that is doing a wonderful job under very difficult
You can sponsor
Lisa and help her raise some money no matter how small for a cause that is
personal and very close to her heart by clicking on the link below.
Natalie Does 4 Marathons in 4 days
find out why she did it, click on Natalie's picture
A once in a
lifetime day for proud torchbearer Rita
On Sunday 1st July,
Rita fulfilled nearly 40 years of involvement with running by carrying the
Olympic Torch through Redditch. The 64 year old, who has inspired literally
thousands of women to take up running, said that being torchbearer was the
"best moment" of her life.
She added "It was absolutely fantastic. There were hundred and hundreds
of people there and everybody was hooting and cheering. I couldn't believe
that I was part of such a wonderful thing. I feel so proud and humble to
have been chosen."
"I would just like to thank everyone that nominated me, I'll never be
able to repay them" she said
Click on the camera icon on the right for more images
on the Radio
On Wednesday 18th April Rita was interviewed on
The Joanne Malin Show at Radio WM.
Click on the Radio WM logo on the left to hear what she had to say
This year Dee, Nina and Susan did the
London Marathon, Wendy, Heather and Lisa plumped for the Brighton whilst
Natalie braved torrential rain storms at Manchester.
Graduates of Rita's School of Beginners,
all of them accredited themselves well and finished in a good state full of
pride at what they had achieved.
Click here for more pictures
Rita Selected To Carry Olympic Torch
Dudley Ladies' Group Leader Rita Vanes
been selected to be an Olympic Torch Bearer at the 2012 Olympics
Rita was among the 8,000
inspirational people selected to carry the Olympic flame as it makes its way
through the region during its 70-day trip to London.
She was nominated for the honour by
members of the club, which she founded in 2002 and will join with others to
complete a section of the route between Birmingham and Coventry on Sunday
The 63-year-old ex-special needs teacher said: “I’m really, really pleased as it
will be a once-in-a-lifetime achievement and something I’ll always treasure.
The grandmother of three, from Wordsley,
who didn't take up running until she was 35, went on to become one of the
best runners in her age group in the country and quickly grew to love the
sport. She has taken part in hundreds of races for several clubs in the area
before deciding to help other women interested in running and keeping fit by
starting up her own club nine years ago.
Since then Rita has helped
literally thousands of women take their first steps on the running ladder
through the Beginners Running Courses that she organises every April.
Now Dudley Ladies Running Club meets
three times a week at Wombourne Leisure Centre, which she describes as “one
Everybody is agreed that the
honour could not have gone to a more deserving person.
Featured in The Wolverhampton Magazine
To read the article click
to everyone that did the Lake Vyrnwy race.
results look like everyone really enjoyed themselves.
know that if you did run it, then you’re probably still walking like a
penguin and can’t think straight because the blood hasn’t come back to
your brain yet.
News - Hooded Tops Have Arrived
Here we see Dee and Nina
modelling the all new Dudley Ladies Hooded Tops complete with club logo.
They come in sizes Extra Small to Extra Large and cost £15.
It's cash with order so see one of the girls on the desk to try one on
40 Mile Stroll in Connemara
I can't remember when or why I decided to enter the
Disney Marathon, I think I saw an advert in Runners World and decided to
look it up. Having been to Florida on holiday a few years ago and
enjoyed it, it seemed like a nice idea - sunshine, holiday, relax on
some roller coasters(!) and do some running at the same time.
Click here to read all about it
Rita Presented with Civic Award
On Monday 22nd
March, club founder Rita Vanes, who will be 62 in May, was invited to the
Lord Mayor’s Parlour in order to meet the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Pat
Martin, to receive a Civic Award.
She was presented
with a handcrafted engraved glass trophy and framed certificate for winning
The Duncan Edwards award for sport, which is named after Dudley’s most
famous footballing son who tragically died aged 21, in the 1958 Munich air
This award is given
once a year for those who have achieved in any sport. They may have
represented a group, borough or even the country or overcome adversity such
as illness or disability to achieve a personal goal. It is also to celebrate
and thank those who give their time to working behind the scenes at our
local sporting clubs and groups and Rita won hands down on all those counts.
The award was the
recognition for over 25 year’s participating, organising and actively
encouraging women into running but as usual, Rita never told anyone about it
until it appeared in the papers.
It was said during
the evening that throughout the entire history of the Mayor's Civic Awards,
no one had ever received so many nominations.
told the Express & Star, "It feels absolutely fantastic to receive this
award. I just feel very humble and am over the moon. I have been running for over 25 years and have
got so much out of it that I wanted to help other women enjoy running to and
I would just like to
thank all those hundreds of people that voted for me"