Pretty Muddy – Race For Life

Pretty Muddy – Race For Life hit Bellahouston park, Glasgow for the first time 3 weeks ago.  An all ladies 5k obstacle course raising funds for Cancer Research with the promise of getting very, very muddy.

I took part with group of 10 friends. Each of us challenging ourselves and happy to get down and dirty to raise money for our own individual reasons. All affected, in some way, by cancer. All of us hoping to raise as much as we could and make a difference in the fight against this awful disease.


The event was spread over 2 days with thousands of ladies taking part and races starting every 15 minutes. The course had 12 obstacles along the way including climbing ropes, tunnels and a giant inflatable slide which dumped us straight into muddy water.

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I was feeling nervous before our group started but the fun warm up helped settle any nerves.  The 5k was fun and we had such a laugh crawling through muddy tunnels and getting soaked with freezing cold water.  The best was definitely saved for last!  The giant slide straight into a muddy pool of water.  It was so much fun we had to do it twice!  Our friend who was on photography duties was waiting half way round the course underestimating how fast we would be.

I felt so proud receiving my medal, covered from head to toe in mud, knowing that we were raising money for such a great cause and we even managed it in around 35 minutes.  I’m looking forward to next years already.

Real woman wear mud!



Fit Camp Paisley

Have you taken a walk through Barshaw park recently?  If you have I’m sure you will have noticed the 60 odd people jumping about like crazy being shouted at to do yet more star jumps all with a smile on their face.  Welcome to Fit Camp Paisley!  The FREE (yep that’s right) 4 week fit camp includes 3 sessions a week, nutritional education and individual guidance for everybody.  The aim of Fit Camp Paisley is to make us Renfrewshire residents healthier and fitter and to have fun whilst doing it.

fit club

I wont deny that at the first session I felt like running out the door when I saw the scales and the camera for “before” shots.  Instead I skulked in, tail between my legs, face burning red and faced the music.  We were weighed, had various body measurements taken such as body fat percentage, muscle mass and metabolic age.  These meant absolutely nothing to me until all was explained, in simple terms that everyone could understand.  These measurements will be taken again at the end of the 4 weeks and compared.

The fitness sessions are fun and the coaches very friendly and welcoming.  Goodness knows how they remember everyone’s names, but they do!  All levels of fitness and ages are welcome.  We are all on an equal playing field here as you are trying to improve yourself.  The excitement and energy from the team is infectious which keeps everyone coming back.  Did I mention it’s free?


Fit Camp Paisley sessions are on a Monday & Thursday at 6.45pm in Barshaw park and Saturday morning at 9am in Barshaw park.  Click here for more details and to register for a space.