Meet the Feet – Rach

Finally, its time for you to meet Rachael. Rach is the one who would lend me her terrible AMAZING boyband CD’s and would have awesome sleepovers all the time. Too many great nights out in town would end at Rachi’s watching Cartoon Network or MTV!

Hi, I’m Rachael, the 2nd oldest of the Feet (by 12 days! Hayles is the old lady of the bunch). I’ve lived in Chester all my life and engaged to Andy. We’ve been together 9 ½ years, before you ask, no we haven’t set a date for the wedding!! I currently work for Animal (surf brand) but would love to work with Animals (the furry kind!). I’m a massive Cheshire Jets fan (basketball) and also part of the court crew. I’d love to do some more travelling, having travelled around NSW, Australia last year in a campervan (best experience ever). I love the outdoors, photography and kayaking. I hate being indoors, doing nothing and people moaning about spelling and punctuation mistakes (sorry other feet……!)

Like the other feet, you can find me on Twitter @rachisim, however, I don’t use/like it much. You can find me on the more exciting Instagram @rachisim where i will post piccies of the race.

Me and the Feet…

Me and the rest of the feet have been friends for 20 years plus. We all know each other through school/living in the same area. In recent years we haven’t met up as much as we would have liked due to living miles apart/clashing work schedules etc. But when we do meet up it’s legendary (Four Feet)

I probably met Helen when she was few weeks old as we’re cousins. Many of my childhood memories of Helen involve whizzing up and down the street on our bikes and kicking ass on Huntington CP School netball team (whilst Hayley and Gemma were cave dwelling in the store cupboard).

I’ve also known Gemma all my life, or should I say her life? I “knew” Gemma when she was in her mums belly hahaha! We were next-door-but-two neighbours and would often shout to each other through our bedroom windows (the days when kids didn’t have mobiles). We currently live together (and have phones!).

I first met Hayley in primary school. As the new girl I remember Hayley being quite quiet (and a book worm and a contortionist!). We soon started spending many summer holidays hanging out. This usually involved going on random shopping trips to Sainsburys and sleep overs where me, Gem and Hayles all slept top and tail in my single bed!

Me and the Race For Life…

I’ve never done the Race For Life before. This is mainly because I don’t do running, any other sport I can do, just not running (fast twitch fibres for those of you in the know…haha). So even though the race isn’t a massive distance, it is definitely a big challenge for me (especially dressed as a bear and being tied to another ‘feet’) .

I’m running the race for life because as Hayley says, ‘cancer is a fucking bastard’ (am I allowed to swear on here?!!). I’m doing it to raise money to help save lives and find a cure. I’m also doing the race for life for every brave soul around the world who has affected by cancer (including friends and several family members).

Me and You…

So, what do I want from you????

I would absolutely LOVE to reach our very ambitious target of £1000

Visit the Race for Life site to see what this money can do.

‘£1,000 could cover around 22 day’s running expenses for an important lab project into a type of children’s cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. The study aims to identify molecules that are involved in driving tumour growth, and this could lead to improved treatments so that more children survive the disease in the future.’

If you would like to help save lives, or if you would just like to see me, Helen, Hayley and Gemma dressed as Goldilocks and the three bears (tied together!), please sponsor Team Feet! Here are the many ways you can do this:

Online –

Text – FEET88 £1 to 70070 (replacing the £1 with whatever amount you’d like)

In Person – just get in touch and you can fill in a sponsor form

PLEASE do it now, as the race is only 3 weeks away (9th June)

Thank you!


Meet the Feet – Gemma

So next in this tiny mini series about the ladies I’m doing Race for Life is Gemma. Gem was the person back in year 5 who came up with an idea about writing a newspaper (I’m not telling you what about, it is far too dorky) which I think kinda set me off on this whole blogging lark in a way. So if you want someone to blame for all this babble, blame her. I often do.

Hello there, my name is Gemma and I’m an In-between Foot. I was born in the depths of winter either side of Hayley & Rach (the oldies ha!) and Helen (the young one as she likes to be known.) I live in Chester and but work over the border in Wales/Cymru, in the world of insurance. A bit of indemnity anyone?

My likes would have to be the Cheshire Jets basketball team, who I’ve been following since I was 12 year old. You’ll find me selling tickets at every home game with Foot 2 (Rach). I love pub quizzes, cooking, music and travelling. I missed the other three feet on a trip to see Take That reform when I was working half way round the world in Australia. I also like visiting random countries, Bosnia anyone? *

I hate cold weather, people dropping litter and also some cheesy disco music. Dancing Queen, Livin La Vida Loca & It’s Raining Men etc can happily disappear away and I would not miss them. The other four feet would say I like Dinosaurs and The Lion King. I pretend not to like them anymore, but I shed a tear on the opening sequence when I saw TLK 3D in the cinema. I watched Jurassic Park 3 the other day and knew the name of each dinosaur so…guilty!

I’m @botty84uk on Twitter and known by Hayley affectionately as DumDem, I can be a little dizzy at times and mischievous (stink bombs Helen!) What the hell, I’m a Pisces, an intelligent(ish) nutter!

Lastly, I’m the Ginger one of the group, although I would say I was Strawberry Blonde, but as I write this I can hear people going yeah yeah so it’s easier to put the ginger colour first! Although strangely none of the feet tan easily?!

Me and the Feet… 

I’ve known Rach the longest, even before I could walk, probably because we lived two doors away growing up, so I was always at one house or the other. I think my classiest moment was learning to ride my bike and ending up head first in her paddling pool. We’ve had many memories over the 28 years. I met Helen a couple of years later at playschool I think. She was at wasn’t at my third birthday but was at my fourth, so I think it was somewhere in-between then! We went though school together and I was always remember her many romances throughout primary school! We were in a group together in year three and then we met…Hayley. She was the new girl who arrived in summer 1992. She sat with me and Helen in our group and it wasn’t long before we showed her the Huntington ways…dressing up in pillow cases, parading round the village in them then slapping our thighs singing Arawak Indians. Also Hayley and I liked to eat lunch in the stock cupboard when the other girls were out playing netball, sport, us?? We were too busy reading and drawing. Then we grew up and drifted apart and back again but always in touch, as when we meet up, it’s like we were never apart! I can say that I have been employed with all of the feet at some point, whether it is payrolling, checkouting or ticketing! I have so many memories I could list but will stop as it will turn into an essay.

Me and the Race For Life…

I originally did the Race for Life in 2007 with Hayley and Helen in Chester. I am back for round two. This year will be a little different to whatever theme/obstacle we put ourselves in. I enjoy exercise but tend to go very pink and like chocolate and food a little too much, so I am a bit on the chunky side. My name features the word Bott, so it would be a crime if I had a small Bott(om.) I am running for Hayley’s mum, I lost my uncle in 2003 and most recently my Nana last year, both to Bowel Cancer. I also am running for my friend’s dad who they lost in 2009 to Pancreatic Cancer. These are a few out of too many people to list who have suffered from or been affected by Cancer. It’s an awful condition and the sooner we find out more about it the better, so people in the future will not have to go through what we have gone through. God, I feel emotional typing this.


You can help raise money by sponsoring our team, the Four Feet on June 9th making a fool out of ourselves on Bristol Downs.

To donate text FEET88 £1 to 70070 (replace the amount with the £1 you would like)

Online –

Please pledge your support. Even if it is only as little as 50p, you are thinking of us and we will take that on when we are going round!

* Bosnia is actually really nice and is one of my favourite places I have visited.

Meet the Feet – Helen

So obviously, you know who I am. (Really? You don’t? Well, I’m Hayley, and this is my blog. So, y’know, hi.) but you probably don’t know the girls I’m doing Race for Life with so well. We call our little group Four Feet, and first up is Helen. She was the first person to show me around my new school in year 3, and hasn’t been able to get rid of me since. Ha!

Hi, I’m Helen, the youngest of the Feet (yes we were all in the same school year but now we’re getting old being the youngest and reminding the others of this at every available opportunity is extremely important!). I’m currently living and working in Chester and have no significant other half to speak of (there’s nothing wrong with me – honest! I’m just picky and have height issues!). I enjoy watching rugby, quizzes, Singstar (me and Hayles are amazing) and general fun activities. I hate spelling mistakes and text speak, don’t even get me started on ‘lol’ and I overuse exclamation marks!!!!!! (Just realised that sounds a bit like a dating profile thing, it wasn’t meant to!)

Those of you on Twitter might know me as @hellybellybutt but I answer to most names, Helly, Belly, (not Butt!) Simmo, Bel, Smellon and if Hayley is feeling particularly lovely, ‘Oi, biatch’!

Me and the Feet….

I’ve known Rach all my life. I can’t recall my first meeting with her, no doubt I was still a very ugly newborn, she’s my cousin and at was at just three months old, on the way to Rach’s 1st birthday that I fell out of my car seat and landed on concrete (no that does not explain a lot!). I don’t remember the first time I met Gemma either, more than likely it was at nursery or play school but I’m sure it was magical. I actually do remember the first time I met Hayles, she was the new girl at school and I got to look after her and show her how things were done (not that she listened, I don’t think I told her that we lock ourselves in the toilet with a book if we don’t like the teacher!). Anyway, long story a little bit shorter we have been friends ever since. We have drifted away from each other a few times but always manage to get back together and meet up, although not as often as we should, especially considering three of us all live in Chester still!


Me and the Race For Life….

I’ve done the Race For Life twice before. Once with the Feet and last year with work people. Although I might not look it, I’m the laziest person I know when it comes to exercise and I run like Phoebe in Friends so in the past I have tended to walk, skip or generally just prance about during the race and I imagine this year will not be too different (apart from being attached to another person). I will be racing for a few people, Hayley’s mum – obv, sadly I’ve lost some family members and family friends to cancer in recent years and my job involves contact with people who have terminal asbestos cancer (mesothelioma) so I will be thinking of everyone during the race.

Me and You….

So, what do I want from you????

Obviously Race For Life is about raising awareness of cancer but it’s also about raising money so, if you can sponsor Team Feet please do! Here are the many ways you can do this:

Online –

Text – FEET88 £1 to 70070 (replacing the £1 with whatever amount you’d like!)
In Person – if you’re one of those people without a phone and don’t like putting your bank details on tinternet (you’re most likely a relative) just get in touch and you can fill in a sponsor form

We don’t just want your money though. So you feel like you’re getting more out of your sponsorship than the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with giving to charity, Team Feet is giving you some input on how we do the race and what we wear!!! It’s all very exciting isn’t it?! So, if you have any ideas on costume type things or alternative ways to run/walk/dance/hopscotch the race, just let us know.


Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Thanks even more if you’ve sponsored us.

And thanks if you’ve made a suggestion for the team outfits (if it was a nice one!).

Basically, just thanks a million!