Quest to break 4 hours 30 minutes! by hollywooddave

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  • My heroes...the lot of you.

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    Apr1620149:38 a.m.

    Good morning everyone

    What i have witnessed over the last 10 days or so has truly astounded me. i did not think i could think any more highly about any of you but boy how wrong was i! From our superstars bashing up paris(gaelle you know my thoughts) to those legends smashing brighton,to those of you who marmolised london on sunday.ALL of you should be immensely proud of what youve achieved, yes, of course some will feel down,some will feel sad at not running PBs or not bein able to finish but i truly believe all of you gave every single thing you could have given. THAT is what defines a person in my eyes,not time ran,calories burnt,PBs run. its when things go against you or youve hit the deepest depths of your soul and still keep pushing forwards,keep moving onwards,THAT to me is true human spirit. i reckon every single one of you was hurting at some stage over the last 10 days in the marathons run and if you didnt your lying,you ALL had a fight with your head and body at some stage in the race and you all know the outcome of that fight.

    Some of you will feel euphoric,you may have run a PB,you may have ran your first and last marathon or this may have catapulted you to entering more marathons in the future and thats brilliant:) keep those lovely thoughts in your head as you move forwards,when life gets tough remember marathon day,remember how you felt,the pride you felt at your achievments you CAN do anything.

    For lots of you though i suspect you feel down,you feel flat,all those months and months of having a goal to strive for has gone,the runs through the winter,the day edging closer,the feeling of excitment building and building and bolty was spot on ,it felt like being a kid again at christmas,but that has now gone. but how do we respond? we respond by lifting those chins up,puffing the chest out and being bloody proud of what youve achieved. this is the start of your journey not the end,this is experience,this is real,it hurts inside but move forwards,youve made history over the last 10 days,its written in stone,cant be changed but you CAN change the future,look in the mirror,someone different is looking right back at you,dont dwell on the past,that person in the mirror wants you to move on.

    Reading every single one of all your blogs has put me in a position to get to know how to respond to you,some need a hug,some need a kick up the arse,others i cant help,some dont want or need my help. but i will continue to try to help you as much as i possibly can.this community WILL get stronger and stronger,you WILL all get faster and quicker,our friendship will get closer and closer and we will ALL push each other every single day.this is not the end my friends its the start of the rest of your life:)

    I must mention the picnic on saturday,what a lovely lovely afternoon,from nearly swimming accross the lake at the start to making sure libby got the right train at the end i loved it.everytime i tuned around there was a legend right next to me,turn left=legend,turn right=legend,look straight ahead= legend,it was an honour to be involved with a group lke you.for those who couldnt make it we will all meet one day,we have other races to strive for,weve booked marathons together,we have our leader OGGIE OGGIE OGGIE run 2 to look forwards too,our paths will cross of that im sure and ALL of you i cant wait to meet you.

    Well done everyone,from those taking up exercise for the first time,for those digging deep every day,for those running half marathons,for those running full marathons for those who have ultras on the horizon ..good luck. every step you take be it however short is moving forwards,that is how we roll.

    Onwards and upwards

    Comments (56)

    • JWA 'Hi HD, lovely blog, lovely words as always. It was great to meet the legend that is Hollywood Dave at last and many thanks for your support over the last year or so. The Real Buzz group are a very special group of people and it has been brilliant getting to know them and finally meet them. The runs on Sunday were fantastic, many, like myself, had issues and pushed on regardless, true Real Buzz spirit! Knee has settled down and I'm already thinking what I might be able to manage in the coming weeks and then what challenge there might be? Onwards and Upwards!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'That's the spirit JW! Was great to meet you too on Saturday, you are exactly the guy who comes accross on his blogs. A warm lovely gentle guy who pushes to the very end:) our paths will cross again I'm sure of that! Pleased the knee is getting better, you dug very deep, and you've the medal and memories to prove it! I could sense by the look in your eye you love a challenge and I can't wait to read about what your next one is!! Onwards and upwards indeed big fella!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • libbylaird 'I did make it to Tower Hill, thank you for your guidance!! It was absolutely brilliant meeting all the legends at the picnic; we're great we are! A brilliant Hollywood rallying Blog, thank you. Onwards and upwards we go to the next challenge!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Pleased you got home safely Libby! Was a treat to meet everyone ! And did they bash up those challenges you included! We all gotta strive for that next challenge, that next time the heart beats faster , that next rush of adrenalin! Onwards and upwards Wiltshire wonder women!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • libbylaird 'Everyone did bash up the challenges, it was just amazing! After I'd left you and met up with my lot I did the rallying talk as we walked over Tower Bridge; I was truly inspired by everyone so I was able to pass this on! Now onto the next marathon; I've rested and I am now tapering!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'You was ready to give that speech Libby! You spurred your soldiers on fantastically! It has been a brilliant 10 days and there will be many many brilliant days ahead !! CCCHHHAARRRGGGEEE' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • gaellebryant 'Oh Dave, you are always so kind and so motivational... I paying now for Paris and the busy week after that and the dehydration gas taken it's toll... But I am strong and will move to the next challenge...first though I will make sure that horrible cough is clear before i start running again... I'm still dehydrated even though I drink lots and lots of water, unbelievable... Thanks again for your kind words...' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Keep on moving forwards gaelle:) your more likely to get ill in the few weeks after a marathon as you know so don't panic! You pushed yourself incredibly hard at Paris and your body will take it's time to get better:) once you are better then go out and demolish the next challenge!! ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • AngusMc 'Spot on Dave, these are words that I wanted to hear after York last year. Once the goal is gone its important to put something else on the calendar, we need things constantly on our horizon to aim for, the focus and the challenge are what makes us strive to be better somehow. London was amazing this weekend, the picnic was brilliant and raceday was incredible. Everyone who ran has my respect , as a spectator it was plain to see how much blood ,sweat and tears were spilt over that 26.2 miles. Each and every medal so well deserved.' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Hi Angus:) loved our chat on Saturday pal, was great to finally meet mr Angus! I remember there being an anti climax after london last year as id thought id achieved my dream, and to some extent I did, people of my size with my bones should not run marathons but my outlook has changed. Any race is a goal to strive for, to run a PB, to conquer fears( total warrior) and I for one can't wait to take up these challenges again. I know from looking in people's eyes and listening to them on Saturday that we all have new goals to strive for. I know the reason you want to lower your family record as I have the same feeling about mine! If we stopped now and thought we had done it all we would be wrong. So much to look forwards too:) hope to see you in York big fella and if I'm there is that offer of a camper bed still valid:)' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • AreejShabaa 'Aamzing indeed.. Thank you so much everyone for the support and encouragement, without u wont be the same! xx' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Hey Geege, what you done on Sunday was very very special:) never lose that fight and spirit that you have! Onwards to the next challenge!!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • sfarley23 'Where to start Dave?! You have such a way with words; you always know just what to say - the hug and the words whispered in my ear on Saturday will live long in the memory of an amazing weekend. I have no idea what my next challenge will be but I have no intention of leaving you - I need to know what happens with your hip op, and Snowdonia and all the other things everyone's got lined up! Thank you, and all the best Big Fella! xxx' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Those words will remain private between me and you young sasha:) what a weekend eh! And what a run by you! You smashed it up to pieces! London came and you conquered:) you can rest up for a bit and when the urge takes you sign up for another challenge! Never forget how far you travelled young lady from your very first training run until you crossing the finish line! Fantastic:))' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • bevlar 'Oh Hollywood what another fab blog from you - I am sitting here with tears in my eyes again now (had a lot of them over the past few days!). It was my first day back at work today and everyone has just stopped me to ask how it went & congratulated me (I felt like a little celeb lol!) & of course I had to show them all them MEDAL!! It was lovely meeting you all on Saturday & I thought of you all when the going got tough on Sunday & it really did help get me through!! I must admit around mile 23 when I hit my 'mental' wall I thought I am never f*cking doing this again but as soon as I crossed that finish line and got my medal I was...yay I can't wait to do this again - I felt fantatsic. This journey is far from over for me & I want to challenge myself again & again - and I hope all you guys on here will still be a big part of my journey - I thank you all :-) x ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'You are a celeb bev! A true celeb in my book!! Can't wait to read about your challenges coming up! We will be with you shoulder to shoulder! And well done to mr bev too! 10 years after breaking his back he smashes a marathon! Great great effort from you both! ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Runwithroxy 'Dave you legend! you have been an inspiration to me this last year. Great to me you again at the Picnic. Looking forward to running with you again one day not to long away. Good luck with your fights with your body - you will win!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Hey Jane:) I may attempt a park run on crutches record soon after my op, I reckon I can finish the 5k around 45-50 mins on crutches! I think the record is 58 minutes! I won't be stopping until I break 4.30 for a marathon and 1 hour 50 for a half!( that could take a long time lololol) loved the park run we done at st Albans , that proved to me the great runner that you are! Onwards and upwards young lady!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Berlin_Bolt 'What would we do without you, our Head Coach and Hug Master! Great blog Dave. The Realbuzz Family finally came together and it was so good to finally meet you. You are always there for each and every one of us, even when you are in great pain yourself! You've got a long hill to climb soon and we'll be right behind you (think it might need all of us to carry you though!) I'll try to rip up those mountains in Cyprus for you and then there's the Great Oggie Run Part 2 to do. We'll meet again, many of us, in Snowdonia! Can't wait. What a post race party that will be!! Take good care Big Fella! As Libby say's ...we're great, we are! :) ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Hey bolty:) head coach Hollywood here lololol!! It was great to see you and mrs bolty at last on Saturday:) it will not be our last meeting not by a long shot! I wish I could be with you in Cyprus pal I really do , I want to help you so so much. Now snowdonia! Oh my goodness ! What an after party we are gonna have there! We will drink llanberis dry LOLOL! Hope ya mum is still bashing up the exercise bike :)' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Rob_Barber 'I'd better cycle across to Llanberis then had I? :-D. Seriously though mate, yet another blog from the very top drawer. I will not miss the next picnic!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • gloshawk 'Right, firstly, may I congratulate you on your century! 100 blogs and most definitely not out!! Here's to the next century.' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • gloshawk 'Secondly, thanks as ever for your words. Great, great to meet you on Saturday, although I am still slightly disappointed that you didn't walk across The Serpentine! Seriously, you have been a great help to me, as to everyone else. Quite where you find the time to comment as much as you do, as well as the texting etc is beyond me. And you're right, I sense that you do know what each person needs, and you hit the spot each time. You're a gem for sure, and one that I am proud to know and to call a friend. Cheers, Jim.' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Make sure you do cycle mr barber as I'll be buying you at least 10 pints lol! I'm not sure where I'm staying yet so hopefully ill not be driving that night lol!! Can't wait to see you again pal, it's been too long allready !' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Blimey 100 blogs jim lol! I've only just realised ! YIPIEE my first century! And still not out lololol! Was an honour to meet you Saturday and we did have ' just a look' at each other, mutual respect by the bucketload young man! I'm lucky I get everyone's blogs on my phone so it gives me a chance to stay in the loop! This place will keep on getting better and better and you know of that changing room spirit you mentioned Saturday ?well that's only just started:) hope your grumps are easing but I totally understand why they are here, I had the same last year! Onwards and upwards mr chairman:)' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • DaveCH 'What a blog again Dave. You always find the words to express what I think we all feel but don`t quite put together in the same way. It was a real pleasure to meet you at last at the picnic, just as big a personality in reality as here on the blogs. All the best. Dave.' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Runwithroxy 'Just let me know where and when that park run will be Dave. i'll be there to support you. And who knows- maybe we will make a plan and crack that 4.30 marathon time together ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Runwithroxy 'Just let me know where and when that park run will be Dave. i'll be there to support you. And who knows- maybe we will make a plan and crack that 4.30 marathon time together ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Good evening Swiss Dave:) was great to meet you on Saturday, I couldn't believe the size of your shoulders and forearms! So powerful ! Like a pit bull terrier! You said you would smash London and you did:) you inspire me pal!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • gloshawk 'Ha, that's the spirit Jane! I knew that talk of Sunday being your last marathon was slightly premature! Good on you.' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Sounds like a plan Jane!! I really really need to break 4.30 for my sanity lololol! I would regard myself a failure if I go through life not doing that time! We gotta keep pushing forwards! ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Jennymcc 'Dave you are one of the most generous, big hearted people that I have ever come across. Thank you so much for everything. It was great to meet you on Saturday and finally get my long awaited Hollywood hug. Bring on snowdonia and that after party! ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Lol dead right jim!! Jane HAS to help me now lololol! More marathons for Jane YIPIEEE!!! ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Good evening sub 4.30 jenny:) ( sound good eh) lol!! I just try to help as much as I can, I don't help the people who don't want it and I'm not everyone's cup of tea but once you get to know me I'm not a bad old chap lol! Was great to meet you too and hopefully I helped you in ducking way under sub 4.30!! If I did then I'm doing my job ok:) onwards and upwards young lady !' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Runwithroxy 'Its a deal Dave! - whoops your are right Jim, just shows how marathon running is like child birth - now difficult it was quickly passes into a distant memory x ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • LeightonSean 'Dave I love reading your blogs and I appreciate all your input on Realbuzz . Your the man . Just keep doing what you do :)' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • gloshawk 'Oh, and Jenny, I'm liking the sound of the Snowdonia after party. Best tell Mr.Barber to get some of his finest homebrew lined up!!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Ill just keep on trucking Sean:) as long as you guys want me too I'll keep on going lol !' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Jim and jenny and rob lol that after party is gonna rock the foundations of snowdon! Wales won't know what's hit it ! And I can't wait!!! YIPIEEE zipieee doooo ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Shing 'Evening my blogging bro:). What an amazing blog & one that reflects how we are all feeling at the moment. Yes the sub 4 is still out there but I learnt so much more about myself on Sunday. I have never experienced pain like I did running London but some how I managed to carry on & finish. This was the hardest run of my life & knowing that I had all the support from all you realbuzzers pushed me over the finish line. I would love to meet you Hollywood along with a few others. I had the privelage of meeting a few of the legends on Sunday & I hope we can all do the same again. Keep in touch pal because the journey is only just beginning. Take care. ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Good evening shing my faster blogging bro:) what you done on Sunday was fantastic, you could have stopped after hurting yourself on that bottle but you battled on as hard as you could and still nearly broke 4 hours! Super super spirit :) yes pal, this is only the beginning! So much to look forwards too!no looking back and one day you WILL go sub 4 , I'm positive of that :))' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • Jennymcc 'What a party it will be!! We will of course need to be very disciplined before the race as I imagine that snowdon will be brutal enough without having given in to a beer or two the night before! I can just see it now - 15 or so very hungover realbuzzers in our shiny matching tops (which we should organise) dragging along behind all those serious club runners! ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • moose10 'Evening matey where to start yes it was tough yes it hurt (and still does) but we're the lucky ones we can call on this special group to get through those. and don't take this the wrong way but I thought of you more than once on sunday. Saturday was pretty amazing can't begin to imagine what Snowdon is going to be like. Take care pal and keep smashing up that bike ' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • KickAS_Kat 'Hey Hollywood :) What a cracker of a blog - dlippin' wonderful :) It was so absolutely tremendous to finally meet you on Saturday (and get my Hollywood hug or two as well). One thing I immediately sensed was that despite everything that you have going on, you still give so freely of yourself to others, not only advice, but your own strength as well, and that's something very very special indeed. Any idea where you'll be doing be attempting the record on crutches? I have a couple of pairs at home and if you need a pacemaker for short spells, I'm absolutely certain that there'd be many volunteers ;) x' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • DavidHaworth1965 'Matching tops? How did I miss that one? And this after run party, sounds great, so glad I'm booked to stay that night too!!!! Mr Hollywood, what can I say? Legend of legends! You are Mr Realbuzz and I bow to you, 'We are not worthy!' It has been such a pleasure getting to know you this last year. The stronger the bonds, the better people we all become. There have been some wonderful friendships forged through this site, and some wonderful times run as a consequence. I can only see it getting better and better. With you Dave, to lead us. There will be tough times in the next year, but we will all be there for you and Mrs H, just like you are always there for us. Shoulder to shoulder mate!' added 16th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Disciplined is my middle name jenny lololol! Mind you my best races last year all came the day after a pint or 10 the night before LOLOL:))' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Good morning moose the bullet ! And boy oh boy did you live up to your nickname on Sunday! Incredible performance and time pal! Truly brilliant :) you've so much power in those shoulders of yours to push those arms through when the going gets tough! And I'm sure it got very tough but as you say you fought through it!! Very very well done :) the bike is getting demolished but not attempted a sub 1 hour marathon on it for a few weeks! Will try next week I think:)' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Good morning Kat:)) I saw you in pain too on Saturday, that wind whipping off the lake did us no favours lol! I forgot to ask you something on Saturday to, can you get arthritis in your shoulders? At the top of both my shoulders it really really hurts, there seems to be a ball on the top which is no problem but when I touch it it's very painful and some days I can't get my arms above my head, they both started to hurt at exactly the same time about 3 weeks ago. It's not pain from the extra weights I've Been doing as I know that pain, it seems to be a different knife edge kinda pain. I didn't know if you've had this before?' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Good morning RD:) I don't want any of that legend stuff pal! We all exactly the same on here and we all inspire each other at different times of the year :) you guys and girls respond to each other amazingly and your dead right that will get stronger each time a race comes and goes! Can't wait for Wales , if I'm running ill need a drink after and if I'm spectating ill need 2 drinks after lol win win for me!! I want this operation done and over with now as it's an inconvenience to me, I may rip the bone out myself if they don't operate soon lololol! Say hi to ya mum from me when I see her and keep smiling pal!' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • DaveCH 'Dave I recall that you separated a shoulder joint recently. I did that many years (decades?) ago and it sometimes does leave you with a ball above the joint (damaged joint capsule) which can give you trouble for several years. I still have the ball sticking up but it doesn`t hurt anymore. May be you could have the same?' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Hi Swiss dave, yeah I separated a shoulder around 3 months ago but this pain is in both shoulders and not just the one that separated, I can't recall having a ball there before so maybe your spot on. I don't want to waste doctors time so I'll go see me physio lady! I think I'm paying her to go on holiday this year lol! In seeing her so much! Thanks for your advice pal:)' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'Hi Swiss dave, yeah I separated a shoulder around 3 months ago but this pain is in both shoulders and not just the one that separated, I can't recall having a ball there before so maybe your spot on. I don't want to waste doctors time so I'll go see me physio lady! I think I'm paying her to go on holiday this year lol! In seeing her so much! Thanks for your advice pal:)' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • GoldthorpesHeel 'Dave- thanks sooooooo much for the support these past ten months - and there was a bit of you there with me all the way on Sunday (and there were times I sure needed it). This was supposed to be the only marathon I would ever run, but I'll be there, mouse poised, waiting to click that button at 10 seconds after midnight whatever day the ballot goes live, never you fear - and goldthorpesheel blogs on :-) - Keith' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'That's great news Keith:)) we need you on here pal! I'll be clicking that button too but I suspect Brighton calls for me next year! I'm so pleased that Sunday went so well for you as you deserved every bit of it. You really got into the whole London marathon experience:) onwards and upwards pal!' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • GoldthorpesHeel 'Well I reckon if London doesn't happen Brighton might not be a bad call Dave :-)' added 17th Apr 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'There's a few realbuzz legends signed up already Keith! I'll be there too as long as it falls between my 2 operations coming up:) everyone who has run it has said it's a good one! A PB course maybe!!' added 17th Apr 2014

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