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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Review: ila DUSK Personal Alarm

The ila Dusk is an innovative personal safety alarm produced by British technology entrepreneurs, Simon McGivern and James Phillips of ila Security Ltd who identified the need for stylish personal products for women.  The ila Dusk was launched in 2009 and has since been endorsed as "the most effective alarm on the market" and has been endorsed by Jacqui Hames (detective and presenter on BBC Crimewatch).

A British Crime survey revealed that 25% of women admit to travelling through dark streets alone at night without informing anyone of their whereabouts whilst 75% admit to feeling unsafe when someone is walking behind them.  The ila Dusk gives women confidence by giving them control of the situation and making themselves as safe as possible.

The personal alarm works by emitting an ear-piercing female shriek when activated that will shock and disorientate any attacker.  This combats a situation where adrenalin can cause loss of voice - the ila Dusk screams for you.  This personal alarm will fit perfectly onto your keyring (its size is 3.5cm x 7cm) and comes in a variety of patterns.

The ila Dusk retails at £19.50 and is available from