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The day a herd of VRBs smashed Lyme Park PR! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•πŸŒ

cheekychipmunks
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I’ve just got home and I’m still grinning! I’ve just done something utterly ridiculous - I drove for 4 hours with Flossie the dog in tow on a Friday evening, ditched the B&B I originally booked (looked 😱) thus wasting some money, booked into a tried and tested Holiday Inn Express instead, got up, ran 5k and drove home again! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Oh, I missed something out. I met my awesome wonderful VRBs and that 5k was Lyme Park PR, one of the hardest in the country on PR’s 15th anniversary. Very fitting! πŸ˜€ So TailChaser, Katnap, kittens, BaddieThePirate. Sandie1961 (with loyal non-running Chris and Ben the πŸ•), Jay66UK, RunaroundSue, Mr Runaroundsue, Pianism, UnfitNoMore. Little Miss UNM and Sharuns all nervously descended upon LP!

The first timers’ briefing did nothing to help our nerves. All we could hear was up this, up that, difficult, rocky, up some more, and then some more, down (yay) slippery, be careful .... !!

But you know what? Yes it was tricky, especially the first rocky uphill stretch, but holy mackerel it was beautiful! The stretch up to The Cage was jawdroppingly amazing, and the fact it was uphill went almost unnoticed for me. 😍 It was followed by a fantastic downhill stretch which I could have run forever. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

We successfully negotiated Tumbler’s Turn - you could see why it was called that! A helpful marshal stood there to catch people overshooting it! πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Then there was a cruel uphill stretch near the finish. 😩

We all did it! I did my usual and ran the lot slowly. Others took a few walking breaks, others flat out sprinted it! We were jubilant at the end, and celebratory hot drinks and cakes were consumed with gusto. πŸ˜‹

What an amazing bunch of people you all are guys. It was sooo worth 8 hours of driving. ❀️

Next up, my home PR with some more VRBs. This forum doesn’t stop giving! ❀️❀️❀️

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Fabulous450
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πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½!! How wonderful to see you all together VRB’s! 😍 Lyme Park sounds like a challenge, but those smiles tell me it was conquered!! Fantastic achievement by you all Cheeky!! You’re all fabulous!! 🀩🀩🀩🀩πŸ₯°β€οΈ

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fab, it was brilliant fun! An incredible course and wonderful VRBs. ❀️❀️❀️

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AlMorr
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What a good photo of all of you at Lyme Park Parkrun today, you were very lucky getting all that cake after the run, I was at Dunfermline parkrun this morning, got nothing, not even a result until about 3 o'clock, however, I got a sub 35 minute 5K time of 32.31, very disappointed, not at the result, but because unlike you, there was NO CAKE at the end.

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to AlMorr

No cake Al? Something wrong there! Well done on your great PR time today. My time was considerably slower than usual, but for good reason! πŸ˜…

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to AlMorr

Our results were late today as well. I blame the technology! Or the operators - when Mr RAS used his phone for barcode scanning he thought he had sent the results, but in fact they were waiting to send because he didn't turn his data back on. We went off to play at a ukulele gig, oblivious to the urgent texts and emails asking him to "resend" and asking me to get him to check his phone.

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Dexy5
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in reply to RunaroundSue

He he

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Katnap
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Oops!

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to Katnap

Yes, I expect that is what the Run Director said !

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Oh no! Mustn’t laugh, but that’s hysterical! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Benno87
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in reply to AlMorr

There's usually cake at Dunfermline. That's my home run but I was stuck in a car driving back from Wales.

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AlMorr
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in reply to Benno87

That's nice to know Benno87 that Dunfermline is your home run, there was cake at Dunfermlines 4th birthday Parkrun which was first but no cake yesterday, if there are no cancellations Dunfermline will have parkrun number 100 on the 2nd November.

Although I live in Cumbernauld which is 26 miles from Dunfermline, for over 9 years I have visited and walked through Pittencrieff Park at least once a month, it's easy to get to by bus, when I registered with Parkrun I put Dunfermline as my "home parkrun"

Since my first parkrun on 13th July at Dunfermline a new parkrun nearer to where I live has begun, Drumpelliier parkrun near Coatbridge, I ran there on the 21st September and got a PB of 30.55. It's a flatter course but could get muddy during wet weather whereas Dunfermline although hillier is all tarmac and would only have some puddles in wet weather. 😊 πŸƒπŸΎ

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Oldfloss
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YEAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY... You all look absolutely buzzing and amazing... What a wonderful turn out and what a SUPER RUN!!!!!

You are all absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Oldfloss

We all missed you Floss. πŸ™ But yes it was fantastic fun! πŸ˜€

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Oldfloss
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

I'll get to one eventually!!! And maybe we can all get to an Isabel Trail here at some point too!! You look great the whole wonderful bunch of you... :)

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to Oldfloss

Yes, we definitely want to get to Isabel sometime

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Sandie1961
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Me too !

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TailChaser
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in reply to Sandie1961

And us!

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BaddieThePirate
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in reply to Oldfloss

Yes, we do

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TailChaser
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in reply to BaddieThePirate

Haha, you’ve just answered my question from Sandie1961 ’s post 🀣

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Oldfloss

Oh just say the word and I’ll be there! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Redpink
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How lovely to see everyone who had a fab day out! X glad you had a good PR. X

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Redpink

Thanks RP, it was a special day indeed! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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UnfitNoMore
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I dunno about smashed it... it nearly smashed me a couple of times! After β€œcleverly” leaping over some mud, to land in more mud, slip, scramble to stay upright, onto the grass, more slippage and a leap back onto the path, all my HM training about to go to waste, I finally, somehow, managed to get running again... only to twist my ankle about 50 yards further. Walked it off and did a run walk home... at which point I was seriously considering a name change here!

So, nice brew, expensive and average butty, but good company... and it was time to depart. Team UNM headed to the gym, my legs needed to know that I didn’t hate them.. onto the treadmill, 31 minute 5k on the way to 4.25 miles... a mile of cooldown walk after. Maybe I’ll stick with the name after all.

Wonderful to meet you and the others that I hadn’t met thus far... wonderful sprint finish by one of the kittens by the way (never saw the other one running, way too far ahead of me!). And also some now familiar faces. Great way to spend a Saturday morning.

I’d request that the next one was a little flatter... but it kinda has to be. One of the toughest five parkruns βœ… but it was a close call.

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cheekychipmunks
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Well after all those shenanigans, I’m mighty impressed that you hit the gym too UNM! You definitely need to keep your name! Great to meet you and Little Miss at last. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hopefully we will get down to your neck of the woods too... there’s a similar run calling me! What am I thinking? Maybe the Severn Bridge one would be better 🀣

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Any time you fancy it UNM, let me know. You can pick the course - Ashton Court, Severn Bridge, Eastville - all nice ones! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜€

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Being me I’ll probably say Ashton Court... so someone else should choose 🀣

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

You’d do fine there - it’s way less treacherous than LP! πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Done that one, I have to say overall I preferred Lyme Park because the ups were interspersed with downs!

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

We will definitely come to Eastville sometime when we are down that way. Not 19th though, we have decided on Clevedon

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Oh yes please do RAS! Let me know when and I won’t be a tourist that week! πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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Oldfloss
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Absolutely awesome and I am so sad I could not be there to see you all! And to watch your acrobatic display too !!!

Isabel Trail is flat in Stafford.. as is the Dolgellau PR:) xx

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Oldfloss

Hoping to be in Snowdonia weekend after next but still a case of TBC

Glad I had a trip to decathlon for some trail shoes, no way I’d have stayed upright in my Pegasus or Free RN 🀣

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Oldfloss
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

You did wonderfully!!!! x

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Oldfloss

He sure did! I’d have sulked and slunk off! πŸ˜…

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Sandie1961
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Wow UNM, more running at the gym after that. Awesome! It was great to meet you πŸ˜ƒ

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Sandie1961

Not done much of anything since I got home... bit of time with my old best mate the couch!

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Sandie1961
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Oh no, take good care of that ankle!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Sandie1961

It’s good... I’m just being lazy 🀣

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Katnap
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

My (limited) experience tells me the best way to tackle puddles and mud is to go through it. The edges are the most slippery..

Imagine you are going on a bear hunt.... πŸ˜„

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Katnap

I was gonna... don’t know what came over me... maybe I needed to test my reflexes and balance... nearly needed a change of shorts though 🀣

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Katnap
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Eek!

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Jell6
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

That's the scree surfer in you!!πŸ„β€β™‚οΈ

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Jell6

Could be... at least I survived it this time!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Katnap

And I find the best way to tackle rocks is to mince! I love mincing!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

🀣

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over61andstilltrying

Superstars!! Brilliant! Fabulous! 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸŒŸ πŸ’₯βš‘οΈπŸŽ‰πŸ˜ŠπŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸƒπŸ»πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸŒŸ πŸ’₯βš‘οΈπŸŽ‰πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‚πŸ°

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cheekychipmunks

It was such fun over61! I’m still wearing an inane grin. πŸ˜…

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over61andstilltrying

And so you should be! Obviously a confident driver as well as a brill runner πŸ˜ŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•πŸš˜

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cheekychipmunks

I’m one of those who enjoys driving as it turns out. Lucky really! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Coddfish
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Wow, that sounds a tough course, well done on completing it and on your grand meet up. Looking forward to seeing you at GSR (we are also green).

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Coddfish

It was tough, but ultimately very enjoyable Coddfish! πŸ’ͺ

Can’t wait for GSR - 2 weeks tomorrow. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Sandie1961
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in reply to Coddfish

I’m in White, but we will meet up πŸ˜ƒ

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Mummycav
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This is BRILLIANT!!! I love the fact that you drove all that way...I love the fact you took Flossie and I absolutely love the fact that you all met up!!! Right...anyone in Yorkshire, Brighouse parkrun is a good one!! anyone??

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to Mummycav

Not too far for us

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BaddieThePirate
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in reply to Mummycav

Sometimes. I’ve got Yorkshire roots. I’ve added it to my mental list.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Mummycav

It’s not a million miles away... I’ll work on it

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Sandie1961
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in reply to Mummycav

About 1.5 hours for me so doable, but perhaps not in the depths of winter!

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cheekychipmunks
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Aww thanks MC, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat! I’d love to come to Yorkshire at some point. It’s fun being a tourist, and Flossie enjoyed her (slow) run too! She took great delight in rolling on the wet muddy grass (at least it was just mud 😳)! πŸ•β€οΈ

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TailChaser
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We’re just trying to think of the logistics of this one Mummycav 🀞

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RunaroundSue
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I need to read this properly later - the pasta is nearly ready.

But it is Sharuns

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Ooo thanks Sue, I’ll edit it and tag her properly! πŸ‘

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JaoJao
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Ahhh so nice! Well done you guys!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to JaoJao

Thanks JaoJao, it’s fun having meetups and putting faces to names! πŸ˜€

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JaoJao
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

I bet! Looks amazing! I’ve only met one VRB to date and she’s lovely, we are meeting up again in a few weeks xx

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Olney
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You are a trooper, the pics are fantastic πŸ…πŸŽ‰

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cheekychipmunks
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Aww thanks Olney, we had to commandeer a National Trust staff member to take the round the table group shot! πŸ‘

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Beachcomber66
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What a hard core crew! Must be hills week. Glad you all survived intact and had a great gathering of VRBs. Think you must be in line for the most travelled VRB πŸ₯‡ 😊

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Beachcomber66

Hahaha, I was saying to everyone that my travel distance limit is increasing! It used to be 1 hour, then 2 - now 4! Scotland next!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Sandie1961
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Be careful! AlMorr will be persuading you to join him at parkrun before you know it πŸ˜‚

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Sandie1961

Haha, don’t! 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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Dexy5
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Brilliant,brilliant. That must be the biggest VRB get together so far. Well done everyone for even contemplating that parkrun, let alone doing it.

Did Flossie enjoy it too cheeky?

Enjoy you evening out too - no falling asleep in the soup now πŸ˜΄πŸ’€πŸ’€

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cheekychipmunks
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It’s ok Dexy, I’m still operating on adrenaline, and I believe there’ll be a DJ later so I’ll be bopping (and singing along too knowing me!) πŸ˜… 🎢

Flossie loved it! β€οΈπŸ•

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cheekychipmunks
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I had to chuckle Dexy. Guess what the first song was that had me up and dancing last night? β€œCome on Eileen”! πŸŽΆπŸ˜…

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Dexy5
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That is one to get people up πŸŽΌπŸ˜ƒ

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RunaroundSue
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Well a pw for me today (apart from when I was Tailwalker). 24 seconds slower than my first ever parkrun at Conkers. It wasn't quite as bad as I remembered from when we walked it and I ran more than I expected. But it was very uneven underfoot in a lot of places, so I walked a fair bit.

But it was great to meet you all.

I think we were quite lucky with the weather, I would not like to do that when it is hot, and winters can be quite harsh there. Just a shame that it wasn't clearer because the views across to Kinder Scout can be lovely.

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cheekychipmunks
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Now a few hours have passed, I’d love to do it again on a cold crisp clear day to get the benefit of those views. 😍😍

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes, it can be lovely. We often walk there

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Sandie1961
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I was actually thinking that I would do it again if the opportunity arose πŸ˜¬πŸ˜ƒ

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TailChaser
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes! Definitely up for that cheeky!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to TailChaser

Yay! How does eldest kitten feel today? I hope he’s mighty proud. That sprint! πŸ˜³πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’ͺ

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TailChaser
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I think he’s wondering what all the fuss is about. I just took him for a walk and he seems fine amazingly πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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cheekychipmunks
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Bless him, he’s amazing! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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BaddieThePirate
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Too busy looking at my footing to pay much attention to the views unfortunately, but I did remember to take a quick peek

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to BaddieThePirate

I can only imagine what the views from up by the Cage would be like on a clear day. As it was, they were pretty spectacular. 😍😍😍

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Sharuns
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As I approached the cage the wind was blowing my hair in front of my face where it loitered until the last stretch. A marshall kindly offered me a hair bobble. Fortunately I've seen the views a good few times before.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Kinder needs a parkrun!

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RunaroundSue
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Mmm not sure about that. Pity the poor marshalls in the winter :)

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Hadn’t thought of that... I’ll just have to do the high peak marathon one year then.

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TailChaser
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😱

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GoGo_JoJo
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You guys! That's just heartwarmingly brilliant πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’•πŸ˜

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thanks JoJo, we had a blast! Love our meetups. ❀️

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Katnap
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Will have to do a VRB meet down your way?

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GoGo_JoJo
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in reply to Katnap

It might be the one thing that could drag me to a parkrun! 🀣🀣🀣

I'd rather take you all over the Downs with me! 😁

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TailChaser
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in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Oh I would so love that JoJo but maybe not the distances you do!

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GoGo_JoJo
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in reply to TailChaser

Oh no, it would be a short but scenic one! There's car parks at the top and just running along the top is easy! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

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TailChaser
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in reply to GoGo_JoJo

😍

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Katnap

Yes yes yes! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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RunaroundSue
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cheekychipmunks you should post that group photo on the Lyme Park parkrun Facebook page

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Ooo good idea Sue, I will. πŸ‘

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RunaroundSue
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I always like to leave a thank you on my tourist parkrun Facebook pages

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Another good idea. You’re full of them Sue! πŸ˜€πŸ˜…

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Dexy5
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Me too RunaroundSue. It’s good to thank the volunteers who support each parkrun.

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Jay66UK
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Lovely meeting you!

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cheekychipmunks
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Yes you too Jay! I’m so glad you were able to make it. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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BaddieThePirate
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It was lovely to meet you at last. Weird that you have a real name Cheeky and I’ll never remember it (even though you told me twice). You’ll always be Cheeky to me. A great get together and no rain. In fact no wicked cold wind either. What a day. Thanks for coming so far πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•

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cheekychipmunks
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Hahahaha, it’s Jill, Baddie, but I don’t expect you to remember that! πŸ˜… I had to ask someone your name again after you’d told me too! Who needs real names anyway? πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

I wouldn’t have missed that for the world. Yes the weather behaved didn’t it? I can imagine it would be mighty tricky in the wind and rain. 😳😳

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BaddieThePirate
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We do look a bit like a herd of runny people!

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cheekychipmunks
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I loved how we were pretty much 90% of the first timers’ briefing! Her face was a picture! πŸ˜…

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TailChaser
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

We were about 8% of the total finishers πŸ˜‚

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cheekychipmunks
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πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Sandraj39
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Lovely photos and wonderful post! Lyme Park sounds amazing...ly hard - hats off to all of you!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Sandraj39

Thanks Sandra! I highly recommend VRBs. Everyone is so friendly, just like they are on here. ❀️

I also recommend giving Lyme Park a go if you’re ever in that neck of the woods. It’s crazy footing in places, but spectacular all at once. 😍😍

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TailChaser
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Brilliant write-up cheeky! We got home a couple of hours ago and have just stuffed ourselves with a well deserved dinner with ice cream and home made ginger biscuits πŸ˜‹after a good walk in the main grounds of the house.

What a fantastic parkrun that is, I’d be more than happy to run it again (and I never thought I’d say that!). The anticipation before running was like that before a race: my hands got all sweaty and I just couldn’t wait to start. The views and terrain are the perfect distraction from how hard it is. And yes it is tough but (imho) it wasn’t as hard as 5k on sand at Hafan Pwllheli. So proud of everyone today, but (& I being very biased here) particularly youngest kitten for speeding off (as ever) and eldest kitten for beating his demons and not only doing it but finishing with a sprint (which is becoming his USP).

And I still can’t believe you did what you did 🀣, you are particularly amazing!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to TailChaser

Really thought eldest kitten was gonna run out of sprint before the line... that was epic, especially going uphill.

I’d second that thought on Pwllheli, that one was so incredibly tough.

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TailChaser
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

I know UNM, I was amazed! For someone who was so anti running a year ago he’s done so well. And he does it smiling now too!

Lovely to see your daughter giving it a really good go too. This Parkrun stuff is amazing, it’s doing so much good.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to TailChaser

I’d love to see him go round a track, and we have a parkrun with one nearby if you’re back this way. Didn’t see little kitten at all, he must have rocketed up that hill!

Little miss is just getting back into the running... kinda lost interest after last time we were at Lyme, kept running but with more walking than anything, but suddenly she wants to do it again.

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TailChaser
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That’s great UNM, eldest kitten blows hot and cold about it too but he loves the meet-ups. I’ll see what he thinks about track running, he’s definitely getting better. As for youngest kitten- he is a rocket, he could be pretty good but both he and eldest got put off by the way school does it. He is the reason I started running!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to TailChaser

Some good came out of how school does it then! They really don’t spend time with running, and they should as it would have fitter kids ready to compete in other sports. Unless you were quick straight away at my school you ran maybe 3 times a year and we’re expected to be quick over 5 miles... sadly I don’t think much has changed.

Stretford parkrun is one I’m saving... 450m of track to start and 350 back on it to finish... no hills... polar opposite of Lyme.

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TailChaser
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Not at secondary school UNM, scary to think it’s not changed in such a long time as my school was the same too - nothing for months then a cross country run. They don’t seem to know how to treat the less sporty ones once they start secondary school. Primary school have really got it sussed with Kids Run Free and the Daily Mile but it all gets lost once they start big school. Very disappointing (and a big pet gripe of mine).

Stretford sounds a good combination, maybe a bit too far for us but who knows!

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Sharuns
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in reply to TailChaser

Stretford was my 5th Parkrun and my pb to date. It's popular because of the speed but starting and ending in the stadium is good. It has to close occasionally for athletic events (when we met at Sale we had 'homeless' Stretford runners swelling the ranks).

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RunaroundSue
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Stretford is scheduled for December I think. I have to do that one, it is on the list of "parkruns in places I have lived"

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cheekychipmunks
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Oh wow, eldest Kitten’s sprint finish was something to behold TC! What a trouper! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I hope he’s mighty proud of his achievement getting round that course. πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘ And as for youngest Kitten - well I never see him finish. He’s like greased lightning (as are mum and dad!) πŸ˜…

I totally agree with your sentiments. I’d definitely do it again. And yes, I loved how we were all shuffling around nervously at the start! My butterflies had already kicked in big style when I saw the first sign for Lyme Park when I was driving there, πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹ I loved every minute. What an experience. ❀️

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TailChaser
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was wasn’t it cheeky! Best one yet!

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cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to TailChaser

I think it was. Shame all our VRBs couldn’t make it. Hey, we’ll just need to do it all over again! πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
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πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ‘

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TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Btw, is that an official group noun for VRBs? πŸ˜‚

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to TailChaser

It is now

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TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
in reply to RunaroundSue

That’s what I was thinking πŸ˜‚

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to TailChaser

We look like one, so yes probably! πŸ˜…

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SaskAlliecat
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What a great group of VRB there! I love that you all were able to meet up; you were very devoted to the meet up to make an overnight trip of it. Huge kudos to you! I love reading these write ups and especially seeing all the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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cheekychipmunks
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You’re very welcome Sask. It’s getting to be a regular thing and it’s such fun meeting up with like minded people from this fantastic forum. If you’re ever in the UK ........ πŸ˜€

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lexi6
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More fabulous photos of you amazing lot. Wow! Cheeky seriously impressed with your dedication to VRB’s meet. Flossie would have been good company in the car though. Thanks for the great report and photos. πŸ‘πŸ™‚

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks so much Lexi. Shame it didn’t coincide with your visit. Next time ok? πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Yes it’s lovely having my running buddy with me. β€οΈπŸ• She did an amazing job leading me over the rocky bits even though she was pretty much at walking pace for lots of it!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Runawaytrainer

Is there a list of Parkrun difficulty gradings somewhere? Clearly not all Parkrun's are equal!

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cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Runawaytrainer

This one Runawaytrainer! It’s what makes it interesting trying new PRs - and no they’re definitely not equal! πŸ˜…

jegmar.com/stats-hq/fastest...

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Runawaytrainer

Can't find mine! I don't think we're below sea level!!

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cheekychipmunks
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πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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316neil
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Oh my word. That’s my local parkrun, that’ll teach me not to read HU for a bit, sorry guys, I feel really bad now πŸ˜₯ you know what? I nearly did Lyme Park yesterday too, gutted!!! Glad you all had a great time. I’ve run the course a few times but never actually done the parkrun. Well done, proud of you all πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to 316neil

Oh wow Neil, your local PR? How wonderful, you must be a mountain goat! 🐐 What a shame you didn’t come yesterday, it would have been fabulous to meet you.

So what’s it like in foul weather? Or (worse for me) really hot weather? πŸ₯΅ Must be a killer. 😳

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316neil
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Yeah I know πŸ˜₯ I’ve never done the Lyme PR, though I’ve run the course several times, I did a really fun hilly run the other week, from home (High Lane), up into Lyme, following the PR course up past the cage, then running home. Sorry I didn’t make it πŸ˜₯

I generally avoid Lyme in the rain. The one bad weather run I did was an organised 7k night run back in January, it can get a little sloppy, not as bad as you’d think though. In hot weather it’s hard work, lots of hydration needed, plus it’s busy too!!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to 316neil

Gosh well kudos to you running it for fun! We all loved it so much, I can see another visit on the cards. We want to meet you too! πŸ˜€

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316neil
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Lots of replies from you, I’ll pick this one πŸ˜‚ It’s strange, I did 12k a week ago Friday, from home up round Lyme, Knightslow wood, up to the cage, back home... 210m climbing, felt fine. Yesterday’s 13k was so hard in comparison, yet much flatter.

Hey is it me or is the first climb up from the car park into Knightslow Wood a bit of a killer??!

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cheekychipmunks
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Definitely not just you Neil! That first climb was brutal, made worse by the rocky path. I stayed on the gnarly grassy bit on the side and tried to avoid the tree roots. It was one where we had to dig deep, and it felt great to get through the gate towards the top! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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316neil
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Except... you’ve still got a climb through the wood, and then that rocky path up the side, and then the slog up to the cage 🀣

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to 316neil

True, but all the climbs after that first one seemed relatively easy in comparison! I personally found the one near the finish hard - and so cruel! πŸ˜©πŸ˜…

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316neil
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Trying to remember the route, is that the one up from near the ticket hut back up the other side of cage hill? If so, I’ve had to walk up that on occasions!!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to 316neil

Yes I think so - it starts just after Tumbler’s Turn and there’s a long slog back up with the Cage up on the left. It then levels out a little towards the finish ..... 😩😩

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316neil
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

And to think... I ran all round Lyme Park for β€œfun” a week or so ago. Why do we do this to ourselves?! πŸ˜‚

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TailChaser
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Oh no Neil! I should have messaged you, I’m sorry 😩 Don’t know if you can pm on Strava and I don’t think you’re on here so often anymore? We will be back though, I’m very sure of that! Looks like you did a stonking run yesterday though πŸ‘

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316neil
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It’s ok! Just feeling a bit down about missing you all, totally my fault doh! I get the notifications when someone PMs me on here, so that would work. I’m just crap at social media I guess πŸ˜‚

Yesterday was a challenging run, harder than it should have been, and I’m suffering for it today, I hope my physio can put me back together tomorrow!! On the plus side, I got back to 13k. Maybe I’m just not meant to do distance 🀣

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cheekychipmunks
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316neil, I think the chances are very high that we’ll be back! πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•

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316neil
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Glad to hear it, sorry I didn’t make it cheeky, I feel terrible about it πŸ˜₯

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to 316neil

Please don’t feel terrible Neil. We’ll make up for it - I’m a Lyme convert! πŸ˜…

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TailChaser
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I know that feeling, I keep hitting a wall at 10 miles and it’s really frustrating as HM is so close! We’ll get there Neil, I’m sure of it, we just have to keep at it.

And we will keep you in the loop for future runs, although the next one is more south (I’ll be putting up a post later). Please don’t feel bad, it’s definitely not your fault!

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RunaroundSue
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in reply to 316neil

Here is the list of planned meetups in the Manchester area.

Pianism has us running a new one each month. You are welcome to join our growing band of (not so virtual) running buddies.

iangoughmusic-my.sharepoint...

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Jell6
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How fabulous that so many of you met up!. I am certain that type of terrain would be the end of me, so I am in awe.

Brilliant, glad you had a great time (I smiled imagining your reaction to the B and B 🀣🀣.)

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks Jell, it was pure curiosity which made me want to tackle Lyme Park, and I’m so glad I did. It’s incredible and the hills weren’t as scary as I had imagined. The footing was harder than it looked on the YouTube video though - it was very rocky in places. All in all a wonderful course. πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Yes, I approached the B&B which looked like a private house on a quiet dark backstreet, and thought β€œnah”. A single woman with a small Labrador as her only guardian? I had to cut my losses! πŸ˜…

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Sharuns
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Some of us walked part of the route. I was wary of the uneven ground as well as the hills.

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JonathanP
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You certainly are a parkrun junkie Cheeky! Definitely worth it though!πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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cheekychipmunks
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I really am Jonathan! I’m fortunate in that Mr Cheeky spends most Saturdays at the rowing club so I’m free to travel around and meet VRBs. Perfect! πŸ˜€ Looking forward to coming down your way in a few weeks too! πŸ‘

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JonathanP
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Yes will be great to meet up againπŸ‘

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grumpyoldgirl

Well done and huge congrats to the whole herd of you! I've got a warm fuzzy feeling reading that cheeky 😊

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cheekychipmunks
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I’m still warm and fuzzy even this morning GOG. It was magical. ❀️

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Silverfox1943

Sorry to ask but what are VRBs?

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GoGo_JoJo
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in reply to Silverfox1943

Virtual Running Buddies, ie, folk off the forums πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Silverfox1943

Oh sorry Silverfox - Virtual Running Buddies! Except now we’re all RBs (Real Buddies!) πŸ˜€

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skysue16
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What great photos! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Such a lovely idea to meet up with VRB's πŸ˜€

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cheekychipmunks
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It’s a fantastic idea isn’t it SS? The more we do it, the more people seem to show up. We’re trying to spread the love and do different parts of the country to give more VRBs the chance to come along. πŸ˜€

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ktsok

Brilliant! Well done chaps x

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks ktsok. An epic day all round. πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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Hidden
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Well done everyone. Sounds like it was definitely worth the trip cheeky! So nice to see the pictures of everyone having such a great time.

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks Rainbow. It was 100% worth the trip. I think we all unanimously agreed it was an amazing experience - and there’s talk of returning one day too! πŸ˜…

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Slinkymalinki
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This has brightened up my day! Lovely account of your meet up and great photos too! I've got a head cold and can't run with a muzzy head but am going for a gentle walk in the woods later. I am not a morning person at all and have a love-hate Parkrun vibe but must shake it off so I can manage some more southerly parkrun meet ups! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. 😊

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cheekychipmunks
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Yay, glad to have brightened your day Slinky. Head colds are miserable. πŸ‘Ž

I’m down south too (Bristol), so that’s best for me too - although I’m happily driving all over the country at the moment! πŸ˜€

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Flaraflarkin
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😱😱😱 I've only just seen this!! You are all awesome ~ lovely to see so many smiley faces πŸ˜πŸ€—

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cheekychipmunks
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We had an absolute blast Flara! Hopefully we’ll see you on a meetup before too long? πŸ€žπŸ€žπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Run46
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That sounds absolutely brilliant, you are very brave and maybe a little bit crazy but fab all the same πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜€πŸŽ‰

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alisonx
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Wow you guys! Looks amazing. I can see from all the posts that it was an enjoyable experience

Great to see all you VRB's meeting up :-)

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