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Win a spot on the September Up & Running 5k or 10k course

Following on from the Robert Plant post, who would you invite round for tea?

Yep, it’s nosy question time again! We’ve just opened up registration for the final Up & Running courses for 2014, thus I’m making my last attempt to lure you into our international running club.

The 5K Beginners Course starts on Monday 8 September and the 10K Course starts on Thursday 11 September, each going for eight weeks.

Here’s what you get…

  • an eight week training plan to get you race ready, designed to gradually increase your strength and fitness while avoiding injury
  • a daily blog chock full of support materials, like running techniques, drills, videos and inspiring videos
  • unlimited support from expert coach Julia Jones, for all your running questions
  • access to our private community forum
  • a delightful sense of wellbeing as the year draws to an end, having achieved something so epic!

I’m giving away five free places. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and tell me:

  1. If you had to invite someone famous round for tea, who would it be and why? (And optionally, what would be on the menu?)
  2. Which course you’d like to do.

  • Entries close 11PM GMT on Monday 1 September.
  • There will be five winners and they have their choice of 5K or 10K course
  • The winner can gift the prize to a friend if desired.
  • Winners will be randomly selected.
  • Winners can be from anywhere in the world. Previous winners are eligible to enter again. Remember the Courses are for women only.

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49 thoughts on “Win a spot on the September Up & Running 5k or 10k course

  1. I think I’d invite Patrick Stewart over for tea because he seems very laid back and funny, and as a cat lover I think he’d get along with my cat. 🙂

    I just completed the 5K course myself (it was awesome!) and I’d like to gift a spot to a friend if you pick me!

  2. I would invite Donna Tart round for tea. I am a big fan of her writing and she seems like such a mysterious character. The menu might have to be inspired by the southern states in honor of her book The Little Friend, mint julips perhaps?

  3. I have a strange, teacher ‘s pet-ish desire to have Mark Bittman over and show off all of my seasonal plant-centered creations, like gazpacho and corn and green bean salad and crispy chickpeas. (Now that I think about it, I should probably create that meal even without any famous guests!)

      1. Crispy chickpeas: take 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or equivalent in home-cooked chickpeas) and toss with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and spices of your choice (I like cumin, chili, and smoked paprika). Roast at 425 F for about 30 minutes, until crispy on the outside. A favorite recent easy dinner is brown rice, cooked vegetables of your choice, crispy chickpeas, and yogurt-tahini sauce (1/4 cup tahini, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, dash of salt) – tastes like falafel with more veggies and less frying.

        Oh, and I’d like to do the 5k course!

  4. Topically, I would have Robin Williams over for tea (and my mom since she always loved him so much) though that could be dangerous because I’m sure I would end up sending tea out of my nose.

  5. Bill Bailey as he’s hilarious and could play a nice musical accompaniment to our dinner. Who doesn’t want a sound track?? 🙂

  6. I’ve had a hard time picking- mostly because I want to just laugh and get along so I need to pick someone I think I’d enjoy talking to without thinking about their fame… So my daughter and I decided on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as we’ve met him a couple times and he was quite as nice and relaxed as he seems on the telly.

  7. I would love to have tea with Emma Thompson. The menu would not matter but if her dreamy husband could do the pouring that would be ideal.

  8. I would love to have tea with Ira Glass beacuse I think he would provide lots of great conversation.

  9. Heh, I’m not trying to swing the vote in my favour, but I would have you round Shauna.. and why.. because I think you are awesome! 🙂 Hmm, and I would serve tea and mint slices..

  10. Bob Dylan: I’m a big fan and I’m sure he’d be interesting to have over for tea. Lobster sandwiches, no crusts.

  11. I think I’d have Stephen fry or david sedaris round for tea – surely you’d get plenty of funny and interesting conversation. And I would serve flourless orange and almond cake!

  12. I would love to have my English gran over for tea. She’s been gone since just before my 21st birthday so she never knew how I turned out nor did she ever get to taste any of my cooking or baking, so I’d make a lovely, light poached salmon salad with lemon vinaigrette (she loved salads!) and homemade pistachio gelato for dessert. Alternatively, if Gran is busy, I’d love to have you and Carla over – same menu! xoxo

  13. The amount of famous people I’d have round for tea! The pressure!

    But I want to choose my dad, who passed away in 2010, but who wasn’t really in my life much for a long time before that. I would love to be able to have a serious, adult conversation with him now that I am stronger, instead of a “hurt child ” type conversation which I have always ended up having with him.

    There would be fish on the menu, because that was his favourite. He loved cod heads. Seriously. Assuming that this is *that* type of tea that I think it is… Or is it actual tea? In which case there would probably be rum on the menu, so that he could have that in his tea 🙂

    Wow, I didn’t mean for this to become all sentimental!!! Sorry!

    If I HAD to choose someone famous, I’d choose Oprah Winfrey. That’d be inspirational 🙂

    (I’d like to do the 5K course, please!)

  14. oooooohhhh I think I would invite Robert Downey Jr because not only is he funny and interesting but he’s damn hot too! Yes I know I’m sad. As for the menu it would have to be chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate seen as I haven’t had ANY in 6 bloody weeks – trying to get this weight loss lark up and running! (see what I did there!!!) 😐

    I’d like the do the 5K course. Start slowly and all that.

  15. Two conflicting ideas and since I can’t narrow them down, will send them both. A lady named Bonnie Crawford, she lost 160 pounds several years ago and became a triathlete, competed in the Ironman. Anyone who can do that is someone I’d LOVE to talk with to ask about some of the daily thoughts and actions that allowed her to do that. Of course, we probably couldn’t have for tea what I’d really like… (warning anyone on a strict no sugar diet stop reading here) Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels. I made the mistake of buying them one time, and they are unbelievably good. worth running for an hour after consuming.

    My other thought, if time travel and talking to oneself after said travel were possible, myself 5 years in the future to help motivate/remind myself why changing now is worth all the hard work.

    I’d like to do the 5K course.

  16. I’d love to have Sarah Silverman over for tea, just because of her awesome Emmy acceptance speech. I don’t really know what I’d serve, but how about some homemade ice cream for dessert and some spinach-and-salmon lasagna as a main dish?
    Oh, and I’d love to learn how to run a 5k. I’m such a lazy person >.<

  17. I would invite Hugh Jackman over for tea. Who can resist a man that can act, dance and sing while still being a genuinely kind human being? Swoon! I would definitely make my lemon ricotta blueberry cheesecake and serve it alongside some Tim Tams.

  18. Hmmmm. I’m thinking (recent Emmys coverage having reminded me of the awesomeness of Breaking Bad) that I’d have Aaron Paul round, get him slightly squiffy on red wine and then get him to record all my phone and text alerts (“Yo, bitch! Text!”)

    Being a complete running novice (I don’t so much run for buses as walk slightly faster…) I should probably say the 5k course, please.

  19. I’d invite Benedict Cumberbatch, because I really really fancy him 😀
    I’d love to win the 5k Beginner course, I really need to start shifting weight again.

  20. Shauna! That’s such a tough one… I’m going to go for JK Rowling, for some Potter inside scoop. And we’d have treacle tarts and butter beer, of course.

  21. Hey Shauna,

    I would love to meet Adele for a cup of tea. And I would make plum tart. Or Chocolate Cupcakes. Or both.
    And I’d love to do the 5 k course.
    Love your book!!

  22. I think Brian Cox would be great. Just for the “ewoks on Titan” joke he made on QI. Never fails to make me laugh when I happen to see it. Chocolate amaranth bars are my current obsession so I’d have to go with these.

    I’m interested in a 5k course. It’d be the first time ever if I finished one. 😉

  23. I’d invite Terry Pratchett cos I’m a massive geek! No, seriously, I’d just love the chance to pick his brain about life, the universe and everything (assuming I didn’t just collapse into adoring fangirling!)

    I’d love to do the 5K course as the colour run is coming to my city and for the first time ever I am considering running voluntarily, it just looks like SO MUCH FUN!

  24. Well, you’ve picked Robert Plant so I guess Jimmy Page?? Actually I’d be too awestruck to talk to either of them so I think I’d invite Jo Brand so we could talk about GBBO and Iain’s #bingate and whether or not Diana sabatoged him or not. I’d make Baked Alaska of course. And I’d like to do the 5K. Need to since there’s been lots of baking going on around here these days.

  25. I’d definitely invite lovely Nigella and ask her what she’s like my dark mudcake with raspberries and whipped mascarpone.

  26. Hmmm. This is a tricky one. I could invite the Doctor to ask for some tips because he does a lot of running (I think the Tenth Doctor has done the most) only I’m fairly reliably informed he’s fictional. And I never thought his choice of trainers was all that advisable for running in, anyway.

    So, hmmm. I’m going to say Ursula Le Guin because she’s one of my favourite writers and I’m sure she’d have lots of interesting things to say, though probably not about running. I’m not sure what I’d serve! Tea would feature.

    5K course, I think, since I haven’t run properly since about 2007 and 10K might be overreaching myself. If I haven’t won (confidence here) are there likely to be places still available?

  27. I think I would invite Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She’s clever, funny, kind and compassionate and I’m sure would make a great dinner guest.
    I’d like to do the 5km please!

  28. I would invite Brian Blessed round for tea, he just cracks me up and alwasy seems so happy! I think a traditional afternoon tea with lots of lovely scones and cream and sandwiches and cakes – okay I am making myslef hungry now..
    Being a completely useless runner I would have to go for the 5k.

  29. I think I’d have to ask Anne Boleyn- she’d definitely have some interesting tales to tell about the Tudor court and it would be great to hear her side of the story! Best to keep the food traditional and fit for a queen- gingerbread biscuits and apple fritters were eaten back then

    10k please! Need to get running longer distances…

  30. I would love to have you over for tea Shauna. You make me smile every time I read your blog. We would have my mom’s butter tarts, a Canadian specialty and she makes the best! We would sip Niagara Icewine, or Long Island Iced Tea if we must include “tea”.

  31. I’d invite Betty White to tea and order out! I wouldn’t want to harm her with my cooking while she inspired me with her stories.

    I need the 5k AGAIN!

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