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Running vs Tweed

Bon-journo, as Del Boy would say!

Yesterday was a game of two halves and no mistake. It began at 6am with a rude awakening, a bowl of lukewarm pre-prepared porridge and some mild stressing, all because I was running my third half-marathon. At this point let me say for the record that I realise I did claim that I would try keep the sports stuff off this blog, but as reader after reader emails or comes up to me at events saying that I inspired them to either start or restart running (or other exercise), it’s going to remain dotted around the other bits. Variety is the spice of life after all (though I do apologise once more to the exercise phobics among you)!

Anyway. It was an early one for a race – 8:30am; and I was not in any way feeling it the night before. Dreading it, in fact. I was not only going to have to run a really, really long way; but I was also going to miss something very fun (as you’ll see below), but I am not one to cancel when I have made a commitment. So that may have been making me look forward to running said 13.1 miles in the cold even less… but the Run Dem Crew motto states, ‘Go Hard or Go Home’… so there was only the one thing to do. At least I did it in some sort of style (I hope)!

In this picture you will observe: Exhibit A, which is some kind of semblance of retro running steez. Well, a pin curl and a bit of colour, anyway. I have my fringe in a miniscule roll, my RDC tee, my pretty turquoise Nike Lunareclipses, and the pièce de résistance – my Saucony jacket (which resembles nothing so much as Dazzle Camouflage. Tres WWI). I have no idea where these jackets can be bought as it was a gift from a very lovely person. Exhibit B is the ‘gunfingers’ pose, which should be busted out at every opportunity when running. Exhibit C in this image is the man in blue, who is giving me the typical ‘WTF’ look that all RDC members attract at events, because we don’t look like ‘proper’ runners.

Anyway, I proved I am, in fact, a proper runner (aside from the pasta stains on my tracksuit bottoms), because I ran those 13.1 miles in 1:47:47, nine minutes faster than my previous PB set in February, and actually did my last mile the fastest of them all! I hit a bit of a wall at 10 miles and refuelled on jelly babies, rallied and stormed to the end! Chuffed is not the word, and next time… next time… I vow to wear red lipstick and break 1:45! Still want to get a group of red lipsticked vintage ladies together to do a race… let me know if you’re up for it. 😉

After returning home after an unexpectedly long walk to my car (note to self, when finish line is nearly a mile from the start, park car close to former instead of latter), bathing, washing, blowdrying and styling, I went to catch the end of the a very different kind of run… the Tweed Run!

I’m a HUGE fan of the Tweed Run as you all undoubtedly know, and was, as mentioned, gutted to miss the main event. But it was announced after I had booked the half, and I am not a quitter. I wasn’t going to miss ALL the fun though, so off I headed to the end party… Slowly, rather gingerly and cursing every flight of stairs as I went.

It was, by all accounts, an amazing day and a slightly odd one – not very many people we knew had managed to score a place in the lottery (though a very old school friend did!), and obviously I missed the ride itself, so my photos are few! I did capture my pal Pandora, who won the Best Dressed Dame prize for her amazing home-sewn tweed outfit (brilliant trophy, too)!

I got to spend a few magical moments with the fab Lady Velo, as pictured here with her chap and a friend. That girl has style by the bucket load, I tell you.

My dear Jeni Yesterday and her beau Hanson were there, of course.

Beloved Bethan looked a dream, as she always does. Especially with an enamel mug of tea. I, on the other hand, needed something slightly more isotonic after my exertions. So ale (and a pie chaser) was the only thing that would do!

I’m wearing my Jitterbug Bybee dress, with a vintage plaid jacket over the top, the only shoes I could get on without pain (gold sandals from Office), and a tankard of the aforementioned ale. Once we’d got this shot, Bethan continued to snap me as I walked toward her. Hilarity ensued (well, it was hilarious to us anyway)!

Thank you a million to Jacqui and Ted of the Tweed Run for having us, and rest assured, I will NOT be missing it next time. I leave you with my face as it so often looks, captured by Bethan in all its close-up, snaggletoothed glory.

Fleur xx



I am a long time reader but rare comment leaver. I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you just how much I love your blog, running posts and all! I find it fascinating, and have such admiration for your style.

Congratulations on the half marathon. I look forward to seeing you do it red lips and all!

Loveaudrey xxx


Congrats on finishing the half marathon AND managing to get all prettied up and off to a vintage event when most people I know (myself included) would be having a wee nap after such exertions. Loving the running posts, keep up the fantastic work xx Fran


Well done Fleur! That is a super speedy time. You'll be flying through at 1:45 in no time. I'm doing my first half in 3 weeks (OH GOD) and I'm aiming at a lowly 2:30. But hell, If you'll have me I'd gladly run a half in full victory roll glory. xxx


HI Fleur, well done, that's amazing. Furthest I have ever run is 10K. I always wear red-lipstick for running, even when training! x

Lady Vélo

Big-up Fleur!!!
It was wonderful as always to see you… and massive well done on completing your half marathon girl!

Much love xx

Solveig A

I love your running posts and thoughts about sports fashion for a vintage girl! Don't you dare stop it. 🙂 I find them inspiring and it's nice to see that other retro girls out there are running too. 🙂


You look super-duper in your running gear! How do you do it? I look like a tomato after any kind of exercise grrr.

And there's nothing more satisfying than ale and pie well-earned. 🙂


I´m super impressed. Do you know there´s a Swedish fashion journalist based in NY who runs marathons in dresses? She used to have a blog in English here: http://sofiaheadstrong.com/blog/
but seems to blog at Swedish Elle these days.

Little Miss B

What a day, and how lovely you got to do 2 things you love!
I'm more if a vintage girl but the running posts don't bother me a bit, there is no bad in blogging what is inspiring you, that be vintage or running. Go Girl!


I've just come across your blog and I think you're hilarious, as well as incredibly brave for participating in the run. I am a devout sloth so I take my hat off to you.
I've only just found out about the Tweed Run in Sydney. I'm trying to persuade hubby to enter with me (after I source some tweeds)

Bea W.

Congrats on the new PB that's amazing!!! I would be very much up for a red lipstick race, maybe a quiff or pin curls paired with pearls and some compression tights.


Oh well done! I've been loving your running posts, they definitely contributed in my relatively recent re-introduction to exercise! I frequently run in full makeup with my cats eye specs on, don't think I would be up to your standard in a race though!

Adelino P. Silva

I love beautiful things 30 or 40 decades.
My congratulations for your beautiful blog.
I hope it stays with him for many years.
A hug
Pinto, Adelino

Miss Maple

Dear Fleur, congratulations for running the half-marathon in that great time. Since last year I'm running also but I couldn't take part in a half-marathon, I'm happy when I get the 10 km.
Besides, I'm such a fan of the Tweed Run and would so much like to take part in that great event but there's nothing like that in or near my town. I saw your pictures in the book "Cycle Style" which my husband gave to me as a present on my birthday. I loved them all. To share a little bit of the fun I dressed in tweed too and went for a bike ride on my own – maybe you want to see the pictures on my blog. Best wishes from Germany!

Miss Marleen

You look so much lighter and happier than, say, a year ago. It's such a big difference in the photo's on your blog. You go girl! Keep up running and smiling! Miss M from Amsterdam

kitchen bumpkin

He he that guy in the background does make me chuckle somewhat. As.my mother says he looks as if he has all the gear but no idea! Loving the jacket by the way I'm on the hunt for a decent one for myself insane time by the way not up to the half standard yet my target is a 10k just on recovery from tendonitus yes got a bit carried away pounding those pavements a bit (don't make my mistake)…. 12 weeks later and back to square one (run walk how boring) ah well need an event to work towards what's your next target?


I am also a regular reader but not a commenter but just wanted to say – what a fabulous post. Perfect mix of street-stylish sport and amazing vintage! Oh, and – love the hair. In fact, more retro running gear pics please. 80s grey marl to tone down clashing neons? Go on go on.


Hey, I've done a couple of half marathons, and would definitely be up for doing one in red lipstick!


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