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VRB Meet Up @ Wilmslow


We’ve been loving the tales of VRBs meeting up with Lexi6 at different parkruns around UK while on her holidays from New Zealand. So when she said her next parkrun was Wilmslow, I googled it to discover it was not far from Macclesfield where we have friends. 💡

So with nothing planned for the weekend, Accrington Stanley due to play Blackpool at home only 30 miles further north ⚽️, and friends saying do come and visit, the decision was made.

No sooner had Stanley put his viking hat on in the parkrun car park than we were surrounded by Baddiethepirate and Mr & Mrs Lexi.

We introduced ourselves to volunteers and they were pleased to have a kiwi runner joining them and pretty gobsmacked that we had driven from the south coast to do parkrun with someone we hadn’t met before. So shouts were given out to us all in the brief and to a chap who had volunteered 200 times- it was something he clearly loved doing. The volunteers were all totally amazing over this route which consisted of 2 laps plus a beginning and an end. This is a proper park run and complete with a river and fly fisherman. There was one point where we had to walk over a narrow bridge due to congestion. The laps are best described like a bath tub with slopes at both ends . A tough little run for us flat runners, especially after long distance runs this week. I walked up the steeper slope and ran down it. Most enjoyable. We all ran in with Lexi at the end and cheered her final sprint.

We signed the visitors book before heading off to Nourish for a lovely breakfast and natter. Thank you Lexis.

So lovely to put more faces to names, and Mr and Mrs Lexi and Baddie were as lovely in the flesh as on the forum.

Back to Macc for quick shower and change and off to the footie with the Viking hat. We were 1-0 up against Blackpool until 93’ and then calamity 1-1. Poor Stanley. Say no more.

We also got to visit Baddie on her pirate ship on Sunday, before leaving Cheshire 🏴‍☠️

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I love to hear all your parkrun adventures. Ours was special this week as one runner was getting married at 3pm! I was a marshal and we all wore veils and the bride’s family provided a large cake and me and another volunteer provided yet more cake and biscuits!! I was able to tell the runners they were on the downhill stretch (honestly) AND promise cake at the end if they were quick 😋.

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sybilw

That sounds lovely Sybilw, 👰 🤵🏽

Sounds like a lovely day Dexy5, apart from Accrington Stanley only getting a draw😕 Other than that it’s a great testament to the power of Parkrun🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Well done all! 👏👏👏

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to David_G

And to HealthUnlocked running forums David.


Such a lovely experience meeting Mr and Mrs Lexi6, great photo of all of you, am I correct that in the photograph from left to right are Lexi6, Dexy5, UpTheStanley, Baddiethepirate and Mr Lexi6, if I am wrong, correct me.

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

That’s right Al

AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Just shows you that I am getting to recognise many people who are on this forum.


Well done all of you, a great meet up!😊xxx


Y'all look great and I do so wish I had the opportunity to meet with you :)

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Irish-John

Your time will come Irish-John


Lovely report and sounded like great fun was had by all.


Absolutely fabulous!!!! Great happy photo too!


How lovely to read. Lexi is definitely getting to meet a lot of us and keep up her running ;-)


Sounds like a brilliant weekend Dexy5. 3 encounters in one run. Maybe you should be Park Run Ambassadors! 😊


Fab photos! Well done all of you, sounds like a great day. Love the Viking helmet UpTheStanley !

GranspeedGraduate10 in reply to Irishprincess

It’s great for finding him! He put it on at the New Forest grounds & boom, I knew who he was. 👍😄

Sounds like a great day. Love that some of the VRBs are becoming real life RBs too !

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Zebadee1

It is so nice to meet people who we have joined this running journey with. We are still surprised that we are runners and it’s all down to c25k.


That's lovely to hear you all enjoyed yourselves and the volunteers gave you all a shout out.

Fantastic last hurrah of summer!

🐱 Katnap 🐱


Lovely photos and it sounds like a great time was had by all.

It is really nice tobread about these meet ups


Oh what a lovely meet-up! You lucky bunch! It sounds fantastic, and your tally of VRBs is certainly growing in leaps and bounds. Could you possibly make it Eastville on October 12th to meet damienair and mini damienair? 😀

It sounds like a great parkrun too. Proper parks are fun aren’t they? 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Eastville is in the diary cheeky but there’s a chance we may be away then. We will let you know though.

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I would love to come but OH is taking the van to France and I’m dog sitting so it really isn’t feasible😢


Sounds like an interesting route Dexy and another in the series of great VRB meet-ups! Shame how the day ended though......😡

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Yes the slopes at each end were a bit tougher than Lakeside’s under the motorway climbs Jonathan.

It was probably a fair score at the footie in the end, but ooh the timing ..... 😩


Lovely. I saw you had run in Wilmslow, looked at the course and thought it looked tough. We are reasonably close to there tonight having broken our journey home with an overnight stay in Knutsford.

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Good idea, that’s a long drive.

Tough in bits but lovely and the marshals were great at cheering us on, especially the ones at the turning cones on top of the slopes.

CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Breakfast in the Briny on Saturday? We have had 3 tourist runs on the bounce, not run Southsea since the pirate day. I also think it’s the last time we can run it until 9th November. The following week Mr C and I are timekeeping as we are running the RNLI 10k on the Sunday (and trying to avoid the England Argentina score until we get home to our recording). The week after that we have a family gathering, the next week we won’t run because of GSR on the Sunday, then we are in Japan for 2 weeks hoping England are still playing .....

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Breakfast in the Briny with actual RBs is definitely required. Oldgirlruns ns should be around then too. I get to wear my red shirt for the first time too!

I’ve noticed you’re volunteering soon, so guessed you’d signed up for the race. We considered doing the 8 mile but have decided to just continue training on our own as we’ve recently done the New Forest run.

GSR is 4 weeks away 😱

CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I am getting anxious about the 4 weeks as still not convinced I will be ready to be on the starting line. Had another week in which I didn’t get a good long run thanks to a tight back from clinging onto the tipping boat. I still haven’t logged anything over 10k since May. However I benefited from a time that wasn’t mine at parkrun on Saturday so not all bad!

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

That parkrun time sounds promising though, or do you mean there was a scanning error. 😂

If you are worried about increasing to the 10 mile, could you switch to the 10k on Saturday?

CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

The timer and tokens had got out of sync - mine was the time 2 or 3 people further along than they actually allocated me. Re GSR, if I don’t feel I can make the main event without excessive walking, I will spectate. I need to do a 12k run this week, 13.5k the following week, 15k the week after that. If I manage that, I will get round, I just probably won’t do as well as I did last time.

I need to be conscious that we fly to Japan on the Tuesday morning and don’t want to be crocked for that. I flew to Cuba 48 hours after I injured my medial ligament, assuming it would just get better on its own. I spent 3 weeks hobbling around Cuba and it was some weeks before I got a decent range of movement back, and months before it was properly right. And of course after the first month or so, I kept trying to get round parkrun.

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Yes your long term health (and your hols) are more important


Glad you got to meet up with the Lexis and Baddie. It is so special 😃 Hopefully we will get to see lexi6 again for the Giant’s Causeway meet up in a year’s time Irish-John. 2 weeks to Lyme Park 😬😬😬and we are staying at Baddie’s marina in the van so should have time for a good old natter!

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Enjoy that meet up too Sandie. Now take it easy at Lyme park - no injuries before GSR.

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Don’t worry, I have no expectations! I will just be glad to finish it and to heck with the time 😂

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