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It's my Runniversary -with a photo montage to celebrate some of the highlights!

It's my Runniversary -with a photo montage to celebrate some of the highlights!

I started c25k a year ago today, and what a year it’s been. Three medals; two hilly 10k races; a maximum 12k run (back in the summer when I was sleeping better - must work on that); three pairs of running shoes; a LOT of funky lycra; the starry heavens; sparkling frosty mornings; the Beast from the East; rain, sleet, mud, wind and sunshine; a glorious, blossom laden spring; the heatwave; countless Badedas baths (still waiting for the horseman to come and carry me away); moonlight; glorious sunrises; wonderful scenery; huge skies with red kites wheeling and buzzards giving their unearthly shriek like the Nazgul in LOTR; jackdaws; sheep; rabbits; the poor dead roebuck; wild flowers; dry stone walls; fields of ripening corn; conkers; beech masts; rusty brown fallen leaves; ceaseless traffic noise; and the ever present hills.

Who would have thought it when I was puffing red faced and feeling like I was going to die, in week one run one??! One thing I’m sure of, I could not have done it without these forums and the support of all my wonderful friends on here.

Here's to another year of running and, hopefully, a half marathon or two. Mr I don't Snore is retiring next month and has expressed an interest in running with me. He's an ex sportsman and horribly competitive and will expect to run a marathon by the end of week 2 of c25k, so we shall see ...

Today’s run – dark but mild. Half of it was uphill and a lot was against a very strong wind. Did I mention the wind? That’s been a constant too. So: 4.3km 33.12min pace 8.14min/km

Thank you all my wonderful friends. I hope we're all running together still this time next year xxx

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Congratulations!!!

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thank you lovely x

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What a fantastic year you’ve had Flick and I’m sure you’ll have many more as a result of c25k.

It will be interesting to see how mr IDNS gets on with the programme and whether you end up as running buddies.

Happy Runniversary

🏃‍♀️👏👏🍾🥂

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Thank you :) As for Mr IDS, I think he will get impatient running with me. He's very strong and has amazingly healthy lungs, despite smoking, so i think he will get bored with how slow I am.

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Sometimes I ask UTS to run ahead so that I can be left in my own little bubble and just observe the surroundings. Slow is good, 🐢🐌

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Happy Runniversary!

what a fantastic year you have had.

And thank you for all the support you give on here. I couldn't do this without people like you on this forum :-)

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Thank you, and you're very welcome. everyone is very supportive on here, it's an amazing community x

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Happy Runniversary "on Fleek" Flick XXXX

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Thank you. Haha, yes my fleek Sturdy's. Should have mentioned those! x

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Happy runniversary, Flick! It has been a pleasure getting to know you on your running journey. Beautiful collage of your year, too! Here’s to another year of running my lovely! 👏👏👏

Sadie-runs xxxx

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Thank you dearest Sadie. You've been an inspiration to me with your runs and your wonderful drawer tidying skills (had me reorganising mine - though i'm afraid they've fallen off the wagon again) xxxx

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Happy runniversary Flick, and what a lovely recap of your year! 🏃‍♀️😀❤️

You bet we’ll still be here next year! Let’s go! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃🏃

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Thank you. And yes, we can do this :) xx

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Congratulations Happy runiversary, may your runs be happy and injury free

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Thank you. i've been so luck: despite severe injuries to my left leg in the past, i haven't had a single running related injury so far. Plenty of niggles from sitting wrong, sleep[ing wrong, walking etc.

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Well done on your first runniversary, young Flick. I too started this time last year and have found something new that I really enjoy. It's been good to know you through these pages, along with all the other wonderful people on here that encouraged us newbies through those 9 weeks of joy and pain.

Looking forward to many more years of new challenges xx

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Happy runnivesary to you too! I feel we've made this journey together - albeit with me slogging along while you disappear over the horizon! Here's to another year! xx

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Well done Flick 😊

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Thank you :)

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Happy Runniversary! What a lovely montage, here's to lots more fab runs in the coming year 😁👍👟🏃🏅 (couldn't find emoji for funky leggings!)

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Thank you 😊 haha yes we need a funky leggings emoji a lot ! (Well I do anyway 😂)

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Happy Runniversary - amazing what you have accomplished in the year - you must be so proud. C25k is incredible - gets us to where we thought was impossible !!

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Thank you. I’m pleased with what I’ve done, but I’m sad I didn't get further than 12k. Just can’t do it with sleep deprivation. I’m determined to increase distance this coming year though 😊

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Great montage Flick - and a wonderful celebration of how far you have come! Keep on doing what you do - you are an inspiration!😀🏃🏽‍♀️

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Hank you Sandra. It’s been quite a year and I have goals for next year x

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Sounds like a heck of a year! Love those outfits!

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Thanks Mike - an amazing year. And a lot of lycra has made its way into the house lol

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Happy anniversary Flick x

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Thank you Jay 😊 x

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Congratulations Flick, you have done amazingly well, I thought you had been running for years. How inspiring, note to self, must do more!!!!!😰😍

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Thank you. I did run in my late teens, but a road traffic accident put paid to that and I was told I would cripple myself if I carried on running. By the time I discovered medical opinion had done a 180 degree turn, I had missed out on years of running, so I guess I’m making up for lost time - literally 😂

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Well done! You've come such a long way in such a short time ... and up and down hills too - wow! :)

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Thank you Linda. Mind you, there are people on here who started after me who are running half marathons and marathons now. But I’m very pleased with what I’ve achieved. X

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And so you should be!

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Hi Flick, I'm another one who thought that you had been running much longer. At least 2 or 3 years! Congratulations to you! And lots more happy running! 🍾🥂🏅👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😊🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️👚👍🎉🎉🎉

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Thank you 😊 xx

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👏👏👏👏Happy Runniversary 🎉🎉🎉🎉

You've accomplished a lot in the year and have done so well. Can't wait to see what next year will bring.

What a great picture montage!

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Thanks Allie. My only regret is that I didn’t get the distances in. I was going further and further in the summer, but my sleep has taken a nosedive since then and I just don’t have the stamina now. Something to,work on next year methinks 😊❤️

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There's lots of time to work on distance and it will happen in good time. I'm taking the plunge again this winter working up to HM, only got to 16k last year before a fall on the ice stopped me in my tracks. Perhaps we'll both achieve that milestone this year 🤞.... as long as we have fun doing it! That's what really matters.

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I’m determined to do HM over the coming year. Yes having fun is what matters - and bling, don’t forget the bling, and photos of self in glitzy lycra ... that always helps 🤣🤣🤣

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True, so true 😂

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🤪😍🤩🤩🤩

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Congratulations Flick! You are inspiration to me personally and to crowds of others who have taken on these challenges. You and I started at the same time last year; I still value the support you gave me as we both chugged along, overcoming the highs, lows and breathless inbetweens of our respective rural odysseys. I'm afraid I fell off the bus a while back due to a canine-induced knee injury that proved to be worse than it first seemed ( 8 stone plus of black bulk hitting the side of a knee while at full tilt is not to be recommended). Thankfully, it is now recovered enough to start again...or at least as much as it is going to. In fact, I could really have started a few weeks ago if I hadn't been preoccupied in draining the most bowling and walking I could from the coat tails of that wonderful summer. I will need to take it easy, even though I've built my leg strength right up and am several kilos lighter, but I am looking forward to it. Newbie to 10k and back to newbie again before this old rock has even pottered once around the Sun: I think I need a T-shirt with that on.

So, well done Flick: keep rolling on.

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Paul! How absolutely lovely to hear from you and to hear that you’re taking up running again. I remember your incident with the dog. Speaking as somebody with a permanent bad knee injury, I find running has strengthened it, though I can’t run without an elsticated support on it. I use this one, which doesnt roll up or down, doesn’t get hot and sweaty even in a heatwave, breathes and is super comfortable amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07...

I really look forward to reading your wonderful run reports again x

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Thank you so much for this post and all the fun you have shared with us... it really does seem like longer in the best possible way.

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Thank you! This year has been a total blast. Just so amazing, and a lot down to all you wonderful people on here xx

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Happy Runniversary, Flick! Hope you have celebrations planned (or a celebratory purchase of more Lycra?) 🎉🎉🎉🎉😃🏃‍♀️❤️❤️❤️

I always love reading your posts, and that photo montage is wonderful too!

You’re an inspiration. Wishing you many more Runniversaries to come! 😊❤️

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Thank you 😊❤️❤️❤️ I think more lycra would be a bit extravagant at this stage, but I might investigate making a vegan cake 🍰🍰🍰

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Cake sounds even better! 😋😋🍰🍰❤️

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Got to be ❤️

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🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽!! Happy runniversary Flick!! You’ve are an amazing running star with some spectacular leggings!! 💫 🌟 🤩🤩! So many fantastic achievements and such a contagious passion for running. Very proud to be a VRB! May next year be just as amazing for you!! Congratulations on all your wonderful achievements! 😍🤗🤗❤️

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Thank,you Fabsy xxx Ah, the leggings, my inner peacock coming out LOL 😍

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Wow Flick.

What a star you are.

Every best wish with all you do.

💥🏃‍♀️👑💥👏👏

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Thank you 😊❤️❤️❤️

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Congratulations on quite a year! A pleasure, as a fellow 40s flower child, to share some of it with you - and to read your lovely writing.

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Thank you. and we're still going :)

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Quite a year Flick, very very well done x

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Thank you Chris - it's been amazing, in retrospect :) x

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👍funky Lycra. I tried stripey pirate leggings but they were nylon and would have been very sweaty, so have gone for normal black ones 😐.well done on your running year, and here’s to the next one!

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Thank you :). BTW, there is no doubt in my mind someone somewhere does pirate lycra leggings! xx

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You're right, they must exist somewhere!

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Forgive me butting in BaddieThePirate and Flick I’m not up with technology, don’t know now to link but there are some very cool pirate leggings on Etsy “Rainbow rules a pirate life Disney” and Amazon “Pirate costume leggings ting fun skulls” love them.

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The problem is the material. We don't want sweaty ones! I'm quite liking dressing up as a runner at the moment! I only feel slightly fraudulent!

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What a fab post ! Congratulations! 😊

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Thank you! :) xx

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Congratulations. Happy runniversary Have you treated yourself to a bit of new kit? 😃

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Thank you 😊 Strangely enough, I just ordered a Macmillan Cancer Support running top to commemorate the Rotary Club Blenheim charity run I did last Sunday.

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Thought so 😁.

I was browsing waterproof jackets last night. Like buying money 🙄

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Still we are near to Christmas. I’ve already sent my letter to the beardy guy in red. I need more tops. I’ve got two running jackets, one of which is wind proof and water resistant and has a flashing yellow led on the back, the other of which is a frothy little black number from Tikiboo. Meanwhile my jeans and ordinary leggings have holes in. This presents me with a dilemma- run more or wear Lycra as daily clothing. Hmm 🤨😍🤩🤩🤩

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Hello Flick, just lost my first post, so I’ll try this again. Fabulous post, gorgeous photos. Thank you lovely lady, for your so descriptive stories of your runs, the photos and your continuing inspiration and my boootiful growing collection of Lycra. I baked you some vegan doughnuts, cos I know you’re partial but realised I can’t send you a photo when replying, so here’s the recipe instead. 1 cup all purpose flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup sugar, 1tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup soy milk or other non dairy milk 2tbsp apple sauce, 2tbsp coconut oil 1tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1tsp vanilla.

Chocolate glaze: 1 cup of icing sugar, 3 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2-3 tbsp soy milk. Chocolate Sprinkles and dried coconut for decorating 🍩🍩mmmmmmm!

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Thank you lovely xxx

Ooh those donuts sound good. I have everything except cocoa powder. Can I do them without and put jam in them instead? HOW do I put jam in them??? 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩😍😍😍😍

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Yes and Raspberry yum

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In fact how about the complete recipe LOL 😂

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Also you didn’t give cooking temp and time. Do you bake or deep fry?

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Back in a sec just going to type method

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Pre heat oven to 350f 180c. Sift flour into a mixing bowl, add dry ingredients, mix, then add milk, vinegar etc (and jam) melted coconut oil and whisk in removing any large lumps. Spray a donut pan with non stick spray and distribute the batter evenly. Bake in oven for around 15 minutes or a toothpick inserted comes out clean. They should be lightly browned. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before adding choccie.

Just going to see whether there is a deep fried one too xx

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Crikey! There is an easy recipe but you’ll need to do Blenheim 10k - twice!! to run it off

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😂😂😂 though you lost me at donut pan and non stick spray! I shall have to improvise on those xxx

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Rolling in hands and chucking into oil, way easier I agree and then rolling in sugar

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I’m going to have a go anyway 😊 you are a star 🌟 thank you xxxxxxxx

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Way easier I meant to say

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Good luck with them Flick My stepdaughter and two of her girls are vegan. i should have asked them for a recipe.

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They look amazing. I will probably have a go this afternoon! Xx

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They were delicious. I made 12 and ate 11 over two days! Xx

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😂 😂 x

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Well done Flick - that's amazing, you have achieved so much in such a shot space of time.

Thank you for all your encouragement on here and your replies when I needed advice - I'm waiting for a sprained ankle to mend before I can get back on the road, but read all the wonderful posts to keep me going :-)

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Oh, thank you, that’s really kind. Sorry to hear about your sprained ankle. I really hope it’s better soon, maybe you should buy some nice flashy Lycra to cheer yourself up! I know I would. Actually, what am I talking about, I don’t need an excuse 😍😍😍 x

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Happy Runniversary, Flick!!🍾🏅👏Is it really just a year - seems like you've been running for so much longer, perhaps because you've achieved so much?! I love the montage and feel like your words describe much of my own running experience in the countryside too.

It will be interesting to see how Mr IDS's retirement affects your running - hopefully in a positive way (especially on the sleep quality front). My hubby took up running again after seeing me go through the plan & we do sometimes run together but he usually whizzes off at some stage and now does parkruns in 22 mins coming in the top 10! I've just got to accept that he's naturally speedy even if with gritted teeth sometimes!

Keep on sharing your inspirational stories - looking forward to hearing about your route to a HM! Xx

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w thanks 😊 and Mr IDS will be of the wanting to wizz off and come in the top ten variety too, if he has the patience to do it at all 😂 xx

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Btw Kate is going to use your suggestion of taking running gear with her, changing at school and getting out straight away to run. She said it’s a brilliant idea and tonthank you xx

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Oh, that's nice. Hope it works for her. The 'old me' would never have dreamed of taking running kit in to work but it takes me 30mins to get home & I soon realised I was losing the daylight and will to do anything during the week once the clocks went back!

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She’s already done the second run of week one, on her own in the park in broad daylight! And had her gait tested and bought running shoes and socks because her ordinary socks and trainers were crippling her with just one minute runs. She is determined so she will keep it up 😊

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Happy runniversary Flick! It's been quite year of triumph 😁

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Thank you, it’s been amazing. HM next year I hope xx

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Congratulations on your runniversary lovely lady. You have come so far and should be so proud - you are an inspiration. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️❤️Xx

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Thank you lovely xxx😊❤️❤️❤️

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Wow, one year on and still going strong, congratulations 👍🏻🙌😊

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Thank you. i think that's it for life now, especially as I've spent so much on shoes and lycra that I'll have to still be running when I'm 105 to justify the financial outlay LOL x

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Hi Flick ! What a fab year it’s been for you. You’ve done brilliantly. Beautiful photos too. ❤️👍🏃‍♀️👏👏

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Thank you Maggie my dear running buddy xxx

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Happy Running Birthday 🎁 Flick. It sure has been a great year for you. Well done for all the great achievements 🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️

Here’s to many more 🎉

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Thank you Helen. Half marathon before too long, i hope :) xx

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What a great post! Well done for your runniversary, and all the other achievements you have made along the way.

Good luck with the other half running, mine has just started too and I thought there will be competition at some point (which he will win!). However, happy just to get him doing some exercise!

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Thank you:) Ah, well, mine says he wants to do it, but whether he will remains to be seen ;) xx

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