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Running in Memory! Started, so Iโ€™ll finish!! ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธโœŠ๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ

Running in Memory! Started, so Iโ€™ll finish!! ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธโœŠ๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ

Well Runners!!

I have just completed the Prospect Run the Rainbow 5k at Lydiard Park. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜!

Today was the ultimate run for me. The reason I started running was about the realisation that Iโ€™ll be 50 next year and how lucky I am to have lived so long. I thought with a heavy heart about how I miss my brother Tony ,who passed away 5+ years ago at just 46 years old. He was such a laugh! Such a pest and such a big part of our lives that so much joy was lost without him to tease his 5 sisterโ€™s and quite frankly be a royal pain in the arse. He absolutely loved that role. ๐Ÿคจ Waaay too much! ๐Ÿคฃ!

Today was all about living though and reminiscing and being grateful for those memories of laughter and joy!๐Ÿ˜ He would be proud that I started running because of him and he would certainly tell me he did me a huge favour, โ€œas usualโ€ (cheeky beggar! ๐Ÿคฃ)

Today, I felt his presence every step of the way. I have completed the run of my life and no matter how much further, faster or better I run in the future this will always be the best run Iโ€™ve ever done!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ I donโ€™t have any idea what my time was, as they didnโ€™t do timing and I was so busy in tears at the end for what this meant to me, I hadnโ€™t even realised the run had ended. And then I forgot to stop my app. But you know what? It really doesnโ€™t matter! I ran!! I ran and I ran!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜And I have bling too! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ˜ญ! These are the happiest tears Iโ€™ve shed in years! I did it! Was it a PB?? Oh yes!! ๐Ÿ˜โœŠ๐Ÿฝ

Thank you all for the encouragement, the sharing and the motivation to help me on this life changing journey!! I am so grateful! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ

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Fantastic! ... well done! Your brother would be very proud of you.

Now celebrate your achievement!

A wonderful reason to run, your post brought tears to my eyes

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Thanks so much Wizziewood! I think Iโ€™ll be having a glass of processco later. ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ

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๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Thanks Jay!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Great job... heโ€™s very proud of you for sure... and looking at the picture heโ€™s probably had a great laugh!

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Thanks very much!! For sure, he would be laughing far too much ๐Ÿคจ!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Yay! That's brilliant! He would be so proud of you! Am very emotional reading your post. Life is amazing but it can be so very cruel too. Well done! Hope to see you at the park run soon! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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That would be lovely Ang!! Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Beautiful post and yes clearly he would be incredibly proud of you. Painful but youโ€™ve put your energy into this positive change...... huge respect and what a fabulous pic too ๐Ÿค—

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Thanks so much ju-ju! Itโ€™s such a great feeling!! Iโ€™m a runner!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ My son was way ahead of me. I think around 8th back, but I was doing my race and that was exactly how I planned it. He was there to welcome me home!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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How cool, I love running with my son too, when he agrees to be seen with his old mum!!!

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Heโ€™s very good. He came to wait for me on my graduation run too! He knew I would be emotional and always ready with a huge hug!! Children are amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Oh bless thatโ€™s so lovely..... boys are so lush arenโ€™t they? I think it really helps the relationship when you run with them too. Itโ€™s deffo made us closer as weโ€™ve been running together for 5 years now.

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They are!! Iโ€™m sure girls are too! I only have boys though. My older son was at a martial arts event today, otherwise it would have been a complete family affair! ๐Ÿคฃ Maybe next year! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Oh Fabulous450 what a heart warming, sad, happy, triumphant, proud & special run this is, I had tears in my eyes reading it, your lovely lovely royal pain in the bum will be looking down on you with pride, love & tears too...what a wonderful thing you have done today?! Even though your Brother isnโ€™t here in body you will carry him in your soul forever, what a lucky brother he is having such a thoughtful, caring Sister like you xxx massive Mummycav hug coming your way xxx

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Aah thank you so much Mummycav!! I do hope heโ€™s reading these posts too!! ๐Ÿคจ He is very lucky to have me!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ! He did say how much he loved me before he left and Iโ€™ll always hold that memory dear. ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Well done! What a lovely post and tribute to your much loved brother. Lydiard park is a fab place, I'm not far - near Cirencester, must check out when it has races.

Many of us know how you feel & started running for our sanity/health too. My mum's early death from Alzheimer's in Jan 17 propelled me into being fitter before I reach 50. I often have tearful moments at the end of landmark runs too!

Bask in your achievements, Ms Fabulous!! ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‘ x

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Oh thank you so much Slinkymalinki! Big hugs!! I was emotional a few times during the run too! Just the absolute amazement that I was achieving my vision. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Iโ€™m sure our loved ones would be proud that losing them has brought something positive into our lives! They have meant something and when your life has meant something after we are gone, thatโ€™s a life well lived!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Beautiful, Fabulous450. What a wonderful way to honour your brother. Well done, lovely lassie. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜ x

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Thank you so much Sadie!! Itโ€™s been a great day!! I shall sleep with a big smile on my face tonight! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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A lovely positive way to remember your brother, beautiful pain in the bum brother. I was welling up reading your emotional post. You did well, you held it together enough to get to the end.

Thatโ€™s a fab photo Mrs Fab450.

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Thanks so much!! I did have to hold it together a few times, due to the playlist, but the music made it oh so special. โค๏ธ

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So very pleased for you Fab. Lovely post and lovely tribute to your brother. :)

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Thanks so much Lorijay!! What a brilliant day itโ€™s been! Iโ€™m a little tired now after all that excitement! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Excellent work today. Reasons to smile and keep on running. โญ๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Oh thank you MV. Very big smiles from me and yes Iโ€™ll certainly continue running!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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I defy anyone to read your post and not shed a tear Fabulous. Well done on your run, Iโ€™m sure your brother would be proud of your transformation to a runner. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you Dexy! Yes I do believe he would!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Lovely pic, lovely run, lovely post Fab ๐Ÿ˜€ So glad you had a great day - huge well done!

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An amazing day Mike!! Absolutely amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Fantastic. What a performance. Your brother will be smiling down on you from above. Youโ€™ve done him proud ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you so much Shakey!! I hope so!! โค๏ธ

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Utterly glorious. Thank you for letting us share a bit of it.

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Thanks so much GoogleMe!! Youโ€™ve all supported and shared the whole journey. So a big thanks to you all for being here too!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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What a fabulous post Fabulous450 ! Those are the best runs that bring joy and happiness to a sad situation. I'm sure your brother is looking down on you with huge pride and a smug smile knowing he did this ๐Ÿ˜‰. What a great picture.

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๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ and SaskAlliecat thatโ€™s exactly what he would say with a cheeky grin! Oh and โ€œgive us a kissโ€! He loved to say that too! ๐Ÿ™„โค๏ธ

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He sounds like he was a lot of fun, if not sometimes trying ๐Ÿ˜†, to be around. It's events like these and reminders of why we started running that helps to bring the memories back to the forefront of our minds, putting huge smiles back on our faces.

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Great result Fab. Great picture.

Great attitude. As usual, just Fabulous.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘โค

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Thank you so much. Brilliant day!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Well done Fab450! Iโ€™m sure your brother would be so proud of you โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Itโ€™s a fantastic achievement and to get some bling is the icing on the cake ๐Ÿฐ

Good luck with everything ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

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Thanks so much David_G!! Iโ€™ve got my bling and Iโ€™ve decided the t-shirt shall never be washed. ๐Ÿคฃโค๏ธ

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Great idea, maybe you could have it framed too as a reminder of such a memorable day and the reasons you did it? ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

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Great idea David!! ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ

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Well done Fabulous- how great when such a difficult and sad event motivates something so positive.

Your brother would certainly be proud of you. Celebrate your achievement ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•

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Thanks so much Beanjo!! Yes it is definitely a better way to pay tribute to him! He was way too jovial to sit in slumber! May as well get out there and do something that feels great. ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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What a wonderful post Fabulous450 - so moving, you made me well up! I remember running the Bristol 10k a couple of years ago, in memory of my dear Mum, so I know how emotional it can feel. You are right, your brother would be so impressed - what a positive thing to have achieved! Fantastic photo too!๐Ÿ˜€

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Thanks so much Sandra!! I knew from graduation that I would be ready and that was an emotional day too. Today was the vision come true and the emotions of absolute joy was so what he would have wanted. Itโ€™s been a while, but I do miss him like it was yesterday. Perhaps if he had been a little less charismatic (another word for pestering!) the quietness without him wouldnโ€™t be quite so quiet! But I can still laugh about the memories!! ๐Ÿคฃโค๏ธ

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โ˜บ yes, memories keep him close.โ˜บ

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Beautiful words.

Well done on your run, youโ€™re just getting stronger and stronger, and youโ€™re right, Tony would be so so proud xxxโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Keep on being fabulous x

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Thanks so much LL!! It really has been such a great day!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Oh Fabz ๐Ÿค— Like many others I cried reading this, with empathy and sadness for the heartbreaking loss of your brother, and also with pride for you โค๏ธ For the journey you've been on, the endless continuous support you give to others and of course for the Mantra you gave to me that has had a life changing effect on me "Out there, don't care!" You're amazing. Incredible. And of course Fabulous!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ˜Š I Lโค๏ธVE that photo!! And I'm loving the green skort โค๏ธ

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Aaah big hugs Flar!! We have certainly been on a journey havenโ€™t we?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜! I thought of you when I found my skort! ๐Ÿ˜‚! We shall find the courage to continue the journey and be โ€œOut there, donโ€™t careโ€! Because no matter the challenges in life, running makes you feel so amazingly free! โค๏ธ

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โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธawesome! Xxxx

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Thanks Equi!! ๐Ÿคฉโค๏ธ

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You are a very special lady Fabulous450 your brother was lucky to have you as a sister, your sons are lucky to have you as a mother and we are all lucky to have you as our VRB, as Mr Spock would say "live long and prosper" xx

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Thank you so much Berksrover!! Iโ€™m certainly loving life!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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I think you can call me Steve now ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ! Iโ€™ve arrived!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Well done you. Lots of hugs ๐Ÿค—

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Aah thanks so much Sybilw!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Just seen your post Fabulous- what a lovely post and i was emotional reading it - felt such love โ™ฅ๏ธ well done on your achievement and your bro would be super proud of you I bet!

Keep running ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธand smiling ๐Ÿ˜ love the pic too XX

I still have my first parkrun to do- hoping to do it in the next few weeks - busy diary at the weekends has prevented me doing it but do it I shall!!!๐ŸŽฝ๐Ÿ‘

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Thanks so much! Iโ€™m sure you will! ๐Ÿ˜ The Parkrun is such a great experience. So much fun!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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You're doing brilliantly. i'm sure your brother is enormously proud xx

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Thanks so much Flick!! I can certainly imagine him being full of smiles with pride. ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Well done fabby, you look so proud in your picture, you almost glow! And yeah, I recon that skirt is bright enough. Love it! ๐Ÿ‘

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Aah thank you Jundal!! Told ya it was a bright get up!! ๐Ÿคฃ! Perfect for the occasion though! ๐Ÿ˜‰It was a great day!! โค๏ธ

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What a fabulous fabulous account of your run and of your love for your brother

Well doneFabulous, Tony would be proud ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thanks so much Helen. It felt right to post a tribute to Tony! He is certainly the inspiration behind becoming a very late runner. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Not as late as me!

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Feels so great though doesnโ€™t it Helen? ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ

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ABSOLUTELY!

enjoy your running kid, you (we) deserve it :)

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๐Ÿ˜‰ we do!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Aww well done Fabulous! What a wonderful achievement and emotional post, Iโ€™m sure youโ€™re brother would be super proud of his amazing sister! What a memorable run that will stay with you forever. So proud of you too ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

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Ah thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™ve accomplished my personal mission. Itโ€™s a great feeling too!! I do love running!! โค๏ธ

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You did it!!! Amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰ such an achievement and what a way to honour your brother.... thank you for sharing โค๏ธ

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Thank you so much Fernshome!! I did!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ! So happy! โค๏ธ

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๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ well done you!

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Thanks so much!! It all came together at the right time!! ๐Ÿ˜ โค๏ธ

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Your brother was with you every step dude. Humble and proud... that's the way to be. Well done D xx

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Thank you so much!! It certainly felt that way!! โค๏ธ

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Great photo!

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Thanks Dee!! Nice and colourful!! A great fun event!! โค๏ธ

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Awwww how wonderful Fabulous450! ๐Ÿค— Your brother would be so proud of you. Youโ€™ve come so far and it sounds like you had an amazing run.

๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Oh thank you Vix! I felt as though I could have run on for days!! Had to be shouted to, to let me know it was the end! They could have done with a big finish banner!! I was in the zone! ๐Ÿคฃโค๏ธ

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Fabulous! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒˆ

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