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Oct 21, 2015 | Running | 27 comments

I feel so overwhelmed with the amount of love and support I’ve received since posting about my less than stellar Chicago marathon race and I want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you. Thank you for reading my blog, thank you for your comments, your tweets, your shares, your texts and Instagram likes. I am so grateful.

Firstly, I have another little favour…

Some of you very kindly nominated me for the Cosmo blog awards and I was shortlisted (yay!) – and now I’d love for your vote!!  Here’s the link you’ll need – THANK YOU in advance, I so appreciate your support (and your friends/colleague/boyfriend/neighbours votes!)

Cosmpolitan blog awards

As a thank you, I’ve teamed up with Vitality WestRun to give away 2 free places to the new West London 10K, taking place in Fulham on Sunday 15th November. I’m running the race with friends and would love for you to join us too. Run with your friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, cousin, sister, aunt, mum – whoever you like! To enter, leave your name and who you would like to run with as a comment below. You can earn another entry by sharing this blog post on twitter (don’t forget to tag me in it @charliedwatson)! 

If you don’t win, join us anyway, entries are open to sign up for the Vitality WestRun until Monday 26th October. It should be a great race and there are plenty of awesome brunch places in the local area for post-race feasting!


For those of you not in London, or that aren’t runners- I’m also giving away your favourite fitness class. If you love spin, Barry’s Bootcamp, Barre or yoga- I’ll buy you a class at your favourite studio. Leave your name and your favourite class in the comments below. Earn an extra entry by tweeting about this competition (don’t forget to tag me in the tweet- @charliedwatson

You can enter both competitions (in separate comments) or just the one that fits your workout personality best. Entries close on Sunday 25th October. Open to UK/US residents only I’m afraid. One class up to the value of £30/$40.


  1. Catherine Hill

    Congrats on the nomination! Good luck 🙂

  2. Scallywag (@ScallywagSprint)

    Hey Charlie! I’d love to win a spin class at Route One Glasgow (and its only around 6 quid ;-))

    I’ll vote for you!

  3. Kerry

    Wow – this is so kind of you! I’ve voted for you because you inspire me to keep going, i’m a beginner and I love to read your progress and I can’t wait to be achieving so many miles myself. I really hope that you win! I would love to run the 10K but i’m just not there yet, i’m hoping to hit a 5K by the end of the year and 10K in June. I love Psycle and yoga, but i’m open to new things.

    Kerry x

  4. Catherine Hill

    Catherine Hill: My fav exercise class at the moment is Restorative Yoga at Yogavenue in Oxford ????

  5. Catherine Hill

    Catherine Hill: I’d love to run the 10k with my running bud and OH Mark Goodchild ????

  6. curlycaroline

    I would love to give Aerial Fitness a try!

  7. Fleur Hallett

    Congrats on the nomination 🙂 as a first time marathoner in training I love your blog! You’ve got my vote. Would love to run the 10km alongside my best friend, we motivate each other when the legs start to burn & remind each other there is food at the finish!

  8. Julia o

    Great blog- ill get voting on Cosmo. I’m Julia Oddy and I’d run the 10k with my best mate Rachel

  9. Miranda

    Miranda Markham: I would LOVE to run the West London 10K with my husband Graham. We are still new to London and we love exploring new parts of the city. We call it run tourism 🙂

  10. Deni

    Good luck – I’d love to do the West run with my nearest and dearest! 🙂

  11. Holly

    Hi! I love love love your blog! I’d love to get a pass to a Barry’s Bootcamp class in London as, although I’m only a teen, I love love love fitness and think it would be so much fun to do and help aid me in my netball training! ☺️ Thank you!

    • charlotte

      Hi Holly, CONGRATULATIONS you have won the Class part of the voucher! Please email me to organise your Barry’s session!

  12. Cerissa

    I want to try out aerial yoga. It looks like so much fun.

  13. Hannah Power

    Would deffo run the 10k with my buddy Sarah Collins, we run for the gin afterwards! Well done on your marathon, what an acheivement!!x

  14. ejcox22

    Thanks Charlie! I love Pure Barre too 🙂 Congrats on the nomination– I voted for you too!

  15. Alexis

    You rock, Charlie!! I’d love to do Solidcore (in DC), it’s a great class. I actually wish I could join you in the 10k but, alas, London is a bit of a trek for me :D. Thanks and good luck with Cosmo Blog awards!

  16. Lucy

    Ohh exciting. I would like to run with my housemate and my sister. My housemate has entered and it will be her first ever race, my sister is thinking about it but is a bit too scared to sign up and take the plunge. I know they could both do it and I would love to run it by their sides 🙂

  17. Kate Goligher

    I’d love to win a Rumble class at 1Rebel. Awesome blog and inspired to sign-up for my first half marathon!

  18. Georgie

    Good luck in the awards!! I’d like to run with my bf. He’s only been running a few months so it would be his first race!

    • charlotte

      Hi Georgie, congrats on winning the entry to the West Run 10K!! Please email me to organise it for you and your boyfriend!!

  19. Amanda

    Good luck! I’d love to win a class at Orange Theory!

  20. misswheezy

    Congrats on the blog awards – I’ve voted for you! 🙂 I can’t make the West Run 10k unfortunately, but I’d love to win a class at 1Rebel x

  21. Laura W

    I’d love to win a class at OrangeTheory!

  22. Cathryn

    Good luck with the awards, I voted!!! I can’t make the run (boo, wrong continent) but I would LOVE to win a class at Soul Cycle in Palo Alto, CA. I’ve never done it and I think it would be amazing. Also there’s a pinkberry froyo right next door 🙂

  23. Gabrielle

    I would go to a Pure Barre or aerial yoga class! Good luck!


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