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Another wonderful VRB meetup with a twist ... I didn’t have to drive miles and miles to get to it! 😅 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🐕

cheekychipmunks
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So today was a novelty compared to the last few weeks. I ran my home parkrun, Eastville Park. 😳 I’ve been round and about a lot doing lots of tourism recently, but my return “home” was made extra special with the presence of some lovely (V)RBs! ❤️ Yay! 👏👏

damienair and his charming son, Oisin, had chosen my local PR as part of their compass challenge and had flown over especially from Dublin yesterday, returning home today. 🇮🇪 How fortuitous was that? Also joining us was Dexy5, UpTheStanley and SkiMonday - SM was barcode scanning. 😀

The weather was kind/not kind. Kind in that running conditions were good - just a slight drizzle (perfect!), but not kind as it meant we had flooding down by our pretty lake resulting in us running the dreaded “B” course. Dreaded? Yep, because it means running the long hill 3 times. 😩 The lake section affords runners about a km of flat - but without it it’s all ups and downs, virtually no flat! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Still, it was fun nonetheless, and I think we were all pleased with our times considering. I know I ran the “B” course quicker than last time we did it (Santa’s grotto by the lake last year!) 👍

Oisin made a friend. Flossie, my 🐕 was most pleased, as she had a stick throwing buddy! Thanks Oisin - with that and her 5k, she’s lovely and tired now and is snoozing happily on the sofa! 🐕 💤

Breakfast followed (naturally) and we were laughing at ourselves checking our results and stats on our phones! We should know better! 😅😅

It was a lovely morning, and I was proud to show off Eastville PR (well most of it) to my friends. Thanks for coming guys! ❤️

Next up? GSR! Woohoo! 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

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Stephen_UK
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Great pictures, CC. Glad you had such a nice run and hope you didn’t get too wet.

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Stephen_UK

Thanks Stephen, no we were lucky. A different story if the run had been yesterday though ...... 💦 💦 💦

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Stephen_UK
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That’s good to hear.

My Parkrun was fairly damp but the drizzle was actually quite refreshing.

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cheekychipmunks
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My favourite running conditions! 🏃‍♀️💦👍

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Hidden
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Wow you really are having fun and so nice to meet up with others.

I will be interested to hear about the GSR as I have signed up for next year!!!

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cheekychipmunks
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Definitely fun Rainbow. 👍 I’ve acquired a taste for tourism and meeting VRBs at the same time has been a bonus. Having them come to my PR was such fun! 😀

We’ll definitely report back on the GSR. 😀😀

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Sandie1961
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Glad to hear you had such a lovely morning. Great photo. I’m sure damienair and Oisin got a massive Cheeky welcome 😄

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Sandie1961

A great morning yet again Sandie! Running doesn’t stop giving, and it’s all because of this forum. 😀

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Dexy5
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It was so nice to return the favour and visit you at your home run cheeky. No chance of me getting a PB with all those ups but I did find I did a lot of overtaking on the downward slopes. I also met a lady who originates from Southsea and one whose daughter lives here. Just shows I was going conversational pace.

It was a pleasure to meet damienair and Oisin who had made the long journey from Dublin to do this. Where Oisin got his energy from to race Flossie afterwards, I do not know. And lovely to meet skimonday too, who definitely looks like a boarder rather than a skier.

Another successful VRB meet up and Tesco’s eggs royale were a pleasant surprise. Now for an afternoon on the couch, if we can get into the city with Pompey playing at home.

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cheekychipmunks
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Great you guys could make it Dexy! Thanks for taking a punt on the weather - it behaved didn’t it? 😀

Yes, Oisin’s turn of speed with Flossie was fantastic! 🏃‍♂️🐕😀

Have a relaxing afternoon and happy taper week! 🏃‍♀️

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SkiMonday
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SNOWBOARDER!? I guess that, having never met myself, I'm not really aware of what I come across as. Although the boarder image could only be maintained as long as I don't get on a snowboard. :-)

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cheekychipmunks
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😅😅

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Dexy5
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He he , I think it’s the hipster beard SkiMonday.

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Couchpotato2
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How lovely!

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cheekychipmunks
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It really was CP2, thanks. 😀

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AlMorr
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What a great photograph of all of you CC at Eastville Parkrun, a special welcome to our two friends from across the Irish Sea, Damien and his son Oisin.

I had a sort of PB this morning, I wasn't at a parkrun today, however, I did run a 5K near to where I live on a slightly different route to avoid the worst of the puddles and mud, I ended up having the first sub 32 minutes run I have ran locally in a time of 31.45, I have only had one other sub 32 minutes 5K, that was at Drumpelliier parkrun three weeks ago in a PB time if 30.55

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cheekychipmunks
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Lots of fun for us all to meet up Al. We had a lovely morning. 😀

You’re quite some runner - excellent time today! Well done! 👏👏

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Oldgirlruns

Lovely post Cheeky! Glad those Southsea tourists behaved themselves! Look forward to meeting you hopefully at GSR next week (as chief supporter, not runner!).

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Oldgirlruns

Haha, yes they did OGR! Very well behaved. 😀

It would be fantastic to meet you next weekend. I think there’s talk of a potential meetup after the race. 😀👍

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Sandie1961
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Our friend the former Thundersloth wants to join our meet up too! Mind you, as I said to him, he will have time to have finished the run, run home, showered, eaten and run back in time to meet us at the finish, as he’s so fast💥⚡️

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cheekychipmunks
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Hahaha TS is so fast isn’t he? It would be fantastic if he could join in with the meet-ups! 🏃‍♂️👍

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backintime
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Looks like great fun was had by all.

Fun and fitness at the same time, what could be better ?

Great photo of you all

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cheekychipmunks
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The perfect start to a Saturday BIT! 😀👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🐕

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damienair
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Wow what a busy and an amazing weekend we have just had. Oisin and I were up at 3:45 am yesterday morning for a 6:30 am flight to Bristol. Spent half the day in Bristol Zoo, visited the Clifton Suspension Bridge, visitors center and observation tower. Got drenched in the rain and went into the City Centre before walking out to our B&B in Easton. Had a beautiful evening meal and went early to bed.

The highlight of the weekend was meeting our forum friends and doing Eastville parkrun. SkiMonday , cheekychipmunks , Dexy5 , UpTheStanley and flossie the gorgeous dog 🐕, thank you so much for making us feel so welcome. It was such an absolute pleasure meeting you all and going for a post parkrun breakfast. We are in the airport now ready to fly home. Thanks again, it was amazing and hopefully we will see you again in October 2020 for a parkrun in Portrush.

Damien and Oisin

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Dexy5
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It’s in the diary Damien- we hope to meet the rest of the family too.

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damienair
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Absolutely. I plan to make another weekend of it next year. The other half of the family will be in tow. 😀

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cheekychipmunks
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Such a wonderful meetup Damien. Your son is a credit to you, such a polite young man - and wow what a runner! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

Safe flight back home and looking forward to meeting up again in the future! 😀🇮🇪 ✈️ 🏃‍♂️🐕🏃‍♀️

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damienair
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Thank you so much again. We got home safe and sound and were back in our front door at 7pm. I’m still buzzing, we had such a wonderful time and Oisin loved his first trip to the UK. He is planning on coming back in 8 years to Bristol so as to do a Zoologist Degree.😀

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cheekychipmunks
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Glad you got home safe and sound Damien. 😀 Something tells me Oisin will achieve whatever he sets his mind to! 👍

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Dexy5
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I hadn’t realised that this was his first trip to UK Damien. 2nd trip Southport then. Running just keeps giving. He wasn’t at all shy amongst us ‘old folk’ . I hope he got his gift so that he would remember this trip for ever. 😉

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cheekychipmunks
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“A really expensive video game” were Oisin’s parting words! And why not? 😅

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damienair
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And he did achieve his wish, but in a Second hand game shop.😁

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cheekychipmunks
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Aha, a win-win! Excellent! 👍😀

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damienair
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Thank you. Oisin is a very outgoing little man, he genuinely doesn’t see age, and is as comfortable around anyone. That’s one of the things I love most about parkrun is watching him mingle and converse at the start line. And he loves going for the post parkrun breakfasts at our local parkrun as he sits and chats to all the adults of all ages. Shy he is not! 😀 He got his game as a momento . But we were tight on time getting to the Airport so gave Krispie Kream donuts a miss. But he did have his first Burrito 🌯 in the Airport and he loved it.

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cheekychipmunks
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Oooo meal of champions, a burrito and a Krispy Kreme - next time hopefully you’ll have more time! 😅

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over61andstilltrying

As backintime said fun and fitness at the same time, just great! So lovely to read to read about it and see the photos! Thank you and all the very best for next week! Enjoy every milli-second! 🏃🏻🏃‍♀️🏃🏽🏃🏻🏃‍♀️🏃🏽🐕

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cheekychipmunks

Thanks over61, it’s hard not to have fun when meeting up with wonderful VRBs. ❤️

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grumpyoldgirl

Gorgeous photo, yet another brilliant vrb meet-up - safe journey home everyone.

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks GOG - a short drive home for me for a change! 😅

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grumpyoldgirl

:)

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Debston
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Well done all of you, lovely pic!

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks Debston, it certainly cheered up a rather grey and dreary Saturday morning. 😀

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Buddy34
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It must be so nice to meet up with VRB'S and run with them . Great photos hope you enjoyed your breakfast 😊😊

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Buddy34

We did thanks Buddy. Surprisingly good for Tesco’s! 😋

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UnfitNoMore
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Good that you got some hill training in last week then 🤣

Lovely to read about another fun VRB parkrun.

Enjoy GSR

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cheekychipmunks
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My legs aren’t sure they agree UNM! Hilly Lyme Park, a puddle filled 10k and a slippery 5k trail run this week followed by the demon Eastville B course? They’d have preferred a flat PR today I think! 😅 But it certainly was fun with my VRBs. 😀👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🐕

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

There will be easier runs... one day

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

I intend to take it easy this week in readiness for the GSR next Sunday. 😀😀

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Sadie-runs
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Oh what a lovely bunch of folks! ❤️

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Sadie-runs

HU seems to be full of them Sadie! ❤️

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JaoJao
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Ahhh that's lovely. Great photo cheeky. I suppose that made up for wet, windy and muddy trails up and down the country today! xx

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks JaoJao. It was ace! 😀

One thing Eastville isn’t is muddy thankfully. 👍 The paths by the lake were flooded, but that’s the first time it’s happened since I started running there last autumn. 💦💦💦

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Katnap
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😄😄😄😁🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃

Brilliant!

🐱 Katnap 🐱

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks Katnap. You definitely understand how much fun it is! 😀👍

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SkiMonday
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Yes, definitely a good morning! I found it somewhat surreal actually meeting you guys, the virtual becomes real!

When I got home, my daughter persuaded me to go Pokemon hunting. Then returned to Tesco's (but armed with a shopping list this time), B&Q to get the bits I need to fix the loo then went out for what turned out to be a 6k run (my longest after returning from the ic).

Compared to what I've been doing recently, that's a busy day!

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cheekychipmunks
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The hard part is remembering what people’s real names are isn’t it SM? 😅😅

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SkiMonday
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

True! Although Damien is easy to transpose.

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to SkiMonday

Haha yes, even I can remember his name! 😅

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ktsok

I was just imagining wandering around asking people if they are Cheeky?!

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cheekychipmunks
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🤣🤣🤣

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Dexy5
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes, funny to hear people calling UTS Stanley 🤣🤣

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damienair
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Funniest part was hearing Oisin chatting afterwards referring to you all in your online names. I only showed him your profiles the evening before at dinner.

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Beachcomber66
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And so the countdown begins: look out GSR !!😁

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cheekychipmunks
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😅😅😅😅😅

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BaddieThePirate
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Lovely. Can't beat a VRB meet up, and breakfast looks wonderful 😋

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to BaddieThePirate

Another fabulous day Baddie, and Tesco’s was just the ticket afterwards. 😀👍😋

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Mummycav
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I’ve got vrb envy......again.....I love it when you lot meet up, I want to do it, even if it’s just a couple of us! molly1973 ...we don’t live too far apart, fancy doing brighouse parkrun sometime? I’ll make a special cake????? Lol...really though, well done to you all, it all sounds fun and that’s what this is all about right? X

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cheekychipmunks
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Awww MC, you should join us one day. We get all over the place! 😅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️❤️

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lexi6
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Aw! Just lovely photos of you all and another VRB meet up they are just the best aren’t they? and the all important breakfast yum 👍🙂

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to lexi6

Yes they’re the icing on the cake aren’t they Lexi? It’s so lovely talking to people about running who actually care!! 😅😅😅

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Fabulous450
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It’s always fantastic to see the VRBs having lots of fun together!! 🤩 Ups and downs sounds like quite a challenge 😲! But, there’s smiles as always! Well done VRBs! 🤗❤️

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fab. It’s always great fun. Eastville is always fairly hilly, but the B course doesn’t give you a break! 😩😅

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Fabulous450
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Ooh yes, I know there are some fairly hilly parts in Bristol and that was when I just walked around. 😂 I imagine that it is a great place for a running experience. 🤩! There’s a lovely community spirit in Bristol in general. Glad you all had a fantastic time. ❤️

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cheekychipmunks
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Yes Bristol is hilly Fab. Most definitely. Luckily the 10k and HM routes are classed as flat (they’re not totally!) but my goodness you can get plenty of hill training in if that’s your thing. I only do smallish hills (with the exception of Ashton Court which is massive!! 😅)

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Dexy5
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Thanks Fabulous, cheeky has been driving all over the place to meet VRBs, so it’s only fair to let her have a lie in for a change. The ups and downs were a challenge for us prom plodders - the elevation map on garmin shows 3 Christmas tree shapes.

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Fabulous450
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Ooh Dexy, I know Cheeky is amazing! 🥰 That course would definitely be a challenge for me. Once you’re there though, I guess you just follow the flow as best as you can and think about it later. Not like me today, I changed my course according to how steep the climb looked. 😂! Got to use whatever tactics I can at the moment. 😅❤️

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cheekychipmunks
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You’re back running though Fab! That’s the main thing. You’re doing brilliantly! 😀😀😀

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Dexy5
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Yes run downhill with the wind behind you. 🤣🤣

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Fabulous450
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😁😁! I like that! 🤗❤️

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cheekychipmunks
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Still finished before me though Dexy. 🏃‍♀️😀 That’s me all over, a one paced chugger! 😅😅😅

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Dexy5
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I think we’ll be fairly close over 10 miles cheeky 🐌🐌

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skysue16
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Lovely photos! That breakfast looks very yummy 😀 and well deserved after all those hills 😬

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cheekychipmunks
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Yes it was SS. Tesco’s Extra came up trumps! 😋😋

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JonathanP
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What a lovely change for you Cheeky and such distinguished company!😜 The VRB meet ups are coming thick and fast now!👍

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cheekychipmunks
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They are, Jonathan, and they’re ace! 😀👍👏

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Runsome
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Looks like a nice morning 😊👍

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cheekychipmunks
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Yes it certainly was Runsome! Happy people and a happy 🐕😀👍

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Slinkymalinki
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How lovely for you to have a lie in & be the host for a change! Sounds like you all had a great time despite course B which sounds like a bit of a slog!

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks Slinky! Except I was so excited about it I was still awake at the crack of dawn! 😅😅

Yes, course B isn’t my favourite, but at least we still got to run. 😀👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🐕

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UpTheStanley
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Thanks again Cheeky for your most gracious hosting - have to admit I wasn't expecting much from Tesco's café but my full English was excellent, and great value too :-) .

I'm being hassled by Dexy5 :-( to file a tourist report so that'll turn up shortly, as long as I can finish before Scotland kick off against Japan!

Our turn to host next week - calm down now :-)

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to UpTheStanley

Me, calm down UTS? Sorry, that’s not going to happen! 😅😅😅

It was lovely to be able to introduce you all to Eastville. You’ll need to come back to run the “A” course which is lovely. Still hilly, but psychologically easier than yesterday’s three long uphill slogs.

Yes, I agree, Tesco’s café was really good wasn’t it? I must admit I only usually have a coffee or maybe avocados on toast, but my eggs royale was surprisingly delicious. 😋👍

See you again next week (have you prepared yourself for the excitement overload? 😅😅)

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to UpTheStanley

Will look out for your tourist report too! 😀

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UpTheStanley
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Rugby did get in the way, plus I’m doing it on the desktop and the keyboard battery’s gone flat! 🙁

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to UpTheStanley

And very good it was too (not the rugby!} 🏉😩

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Chris141
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Well done All!

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cheekychipmunks
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Thanks Chris, we had a blast. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

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seaspaniel

Know it well. I usually run the Chippenham PR but Eastville is my Parkrun if I 'm due an IKEA visit! The lake is a lovely bit of the run so pity it was missed out.

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to seaspaniel

That reminds me, I need to run Chippenham. I’m on a bit of a tourism streak at the moment. The next few weekends are already accounted for, but Chippenham needs to go on my list! 😀

Glad you enjoy Eastville. For an inner city park, it’s pretty isn’t it? 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

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Coddfish
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Well done all.

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