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Stratford-upon-Avon (VRB) Meet Up and a Wardrobe Malfunction

Dexy5
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I think this is the biggest HU meet up we’ve been to. We met our hosts Katnap , TailChaser and the 2 kittens, cheekychipmunks and Flossie the lab, Sandie1961 and her friends Nikki, Clive and Julie, Windoze , Oldgirlruns and me and UpTheStanley . TailChaser gave us badges with the Bard on as momentoes of our visit. We are getting quite a collection now.

I hasten to add, UTS and I did not drive up from Southsea this morning, but are making a weekend of it. We strolled around the beautiful parkrun area Friday afternoon and were worried that the Avon had overflowed onto some of the paths and if it kept rising that parkrun might be cancelled. Luckily the water level dropped a little overnight , and we woke up to a frosty morning.

Warm layers and gloves required for the first time since Last winter. After hugs and introductions We gathered for the obligatory pre run photos and then listened to the new event briefing and Directors briefing. Us 3 southsea runners finally managed to make ourselves heard when asked about tourists by shouting Southsea in unison.

It was a bit of a slow start due to the narrow paths but I started the run fairly well and I completed 2 of the 3 laps ready to increase the speed as overtaking became a bit easier. Then disaster struck. My zip up bra became unzipped and I had to stop, turn my back and try and resurrect the situation. Zip jammed and I thought I had sorted it and started running but then it unzipped from the bottom, and I couldn’t unjam it. Decision taken I would just have to walk the rest of the last lap. I explained to a fellow runner and she said it was the only thing that had made her laugh on this morning’s run. Every now and then I would jog a little while supporting my assets, luckily I had a running top and my Poppy T-shirt on so it wasn’t too obvious. I ran past some finishers going home and one lady was very concerned as I was holding my chest and thought I was having a heart attack. She looked relieved that she didn’t have to rush for the defibrillator . Walked again until I ran the finish and got cheered on by my lovely friends.

Negative splits for first 3k, 6:37, 6:16, 6:11 but total garmin time 35:50 and 36:56 parkrun time. The great thing is that cheeky ran a PB time and was faster than me for the first time so is very happy. Sandie PB’d too.

We marched off to the Pantry for coffee and cake and had a good chin wag with those we hadn’t met before, and those who have become friends as a result of this wonderful forum. Windoze also handed out homemade chocolate brownies- yum yum . Thank you Windoze’s girlfriend.

Just love this parkrun and will return to get a proper time one day. The swans were swimming, the fishermen fishing and the autumn leaves falling. I am envious of the Kat family living in such a beautiful spot.

Another bonus is UTS and I were extremely lucky to acquire 2 returned tickets for the premiere of the Boy in the Dress last evening and had prime seats for the musical , attended by David Walliams. It’s at Stratford for 3 months before moving to the west end and we can thoroughly recommend it.

Now where and when will the next meet up be?

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JaoJao
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Beautiful guys! Sounds like you had a great morning, if you ever come to Upton Court parkrun (Berkshire, by Windsor Castle) make sure you look me up! I often do the first timers briefing for them! Xx

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Dexy5
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in reply to JaoJao

We certainly will JaoJao, although isn’t that a hilly parkrun?

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Katnap
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in reply to Dexy5

Anything is possible after Lyme Park! 😁

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Dexy5
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in reply to Katnap

🤣🤣 for you Katnap

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JaoJao
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in reply to Dexy5

No it’s not. Couple of playing fields with stunning views of the castle.

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AlMorr
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Congratulations Dexy5 on that time of 36.56 despite the rather awkward situation you got into during your run today, that was rather unkind of that "fellow runner" saying that was the only thing that made her laugh today, she could as a woman have helped you.

Lovely photo of all of you, this morning I ran my 10th parkrun, not a PB, time was 31.42, nevertheless I was quite pleased with that, also, for the first ever I met a VRB, namely Buddy34, very nice person to meet, I was looking for her among the runners but she introduced herself to me when I was talking to other runners before we set off, a good parkrun for all of us. 😊 🏃🏾

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Dexy5
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in reply to AlMorr

It wasn’t really unkind as I was laughing too Al. How great that you and Buddy34 managed a meet up at your parkrun in Scotland.

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AlMorr
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in reply to Dexy5

👍 🏃🏾

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Equi-geek
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Becoming quite the parkrun tourists!! 👏👏👏 Glad you all had a great meet up and what a scenic one too!

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cheekychipmunks
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When I passed you Dexy (after you’d passed me!), I assumed you were shedding a layer and that you’d soon trot merrily past again. But no, your “ladies” were free! 😩😂

It was a lovely morning. I enjoyed it immensely, and yes my PB (33:03 Garmin, 33:31 PR) was surprising and welcome. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ Flossie enjoyed running that course too. 🐕🐕

Home now, and waiting with baited breath for the next VRB call. I’m there. Anywhere. And of course you know you’re all welcome to run at Eastville or Ashton Court any time! 👍

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Beachcomber66
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Oh dear Dexy5, unfortunate wardrobe malfunction! Never mind, great meet up in impeccable company. Pbs can wait 👏👏👏👏

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Beachcomber66

We think you should join a VRB meetup one day BC - interested? 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♀️🐕

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

I would love to join a meet-up CC 😊. It is only a question of the right opportunity and me getting my ass in gear! Life interfering with running..outrageous!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Beachcomber66

We’ll keep cajoling you, never fear! 😅

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Good 👏👏👏👏🤗

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Dexy5
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in reply to Beachcomber66

A problem you need never worry about Beachcomber66 🤣🤣

It does mean there’s more chance of a PB next time. It was so lovely to meet everyone again and the rain didn’t start until 1130. Perfect.

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Grannytobe
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What a fantastic trip you are having and great to meet up with so many. I'm sorry I really did giggle at your unfortunate mishap, poor poor you. Hope you do indeed get to revisit the area. Happy running

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Dexy5
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in reply to Grannytobe

Methinks a change of sports bra is necessary now granny to be .

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Grannytobe
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in reply to Dexy5

Methinks grannytobe might just agree with you on that one happy shopping 😀

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Katnap
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Extra cold weather added layers to the rescue!

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Buddy34
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Great photo of you all Dexy5. Hope you really enjoyed it apart from parts of you trying to break free 😂😂

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Dexy5
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in reply to Buddy34

It was fun despite the mishap!

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TailChaser
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Oh Dexy, that really made me laugh! I’m so glad I haven’t got a zip up (is that tmi?) 😂

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Dexy5
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in reply to TailChaser

The next bra won’t be TC!

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Irishprincess
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How brilliant is that? What a great photo of you all, this is getting bigger and bigger!

Dexy, I feel for you about the bra thing. I’ve read before that this happens with front loaders so I’m not going to visit that road, EVER 😂🙀 But I did giggle about the lady thinking you were having a heart attack 😂

Hope it wasn’t too uncomfortable. Well done everyone, you all look absolutely fabulous!

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Dexy5
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in reply to Irishprincess

How lovely that that lady was concerned for me - parkrunners are lovely people.

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GoGo_JoJo
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Brilliant all round and very amusing! 🤣🤣🤣 sorry! Sounds like a fab weekend 👍🏻😁

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Dexy5
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in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Yes and still continuing to be so 🍻

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Knittingrunner
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Well I’m glad it’s not just me who has had that sort of wardrobe malfunction at Parkrun. I had to hide behind the marshals! But it demonstrates just how important those bras are. 😂

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Dexy5
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in reply to Knittingrunner

Oh yes. Running without restraint could be quite damaging.

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Knittingrunner
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in reply to Dexy5

🥴it’s the weirdest feeling too!

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theoldfellow
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I don't feel competent to comment of your wonderful post Dexy. But has always you and UTS, and the whole gang have my prayers. I just laughed for 10 minutes before I could type....

❤🙏👏👣👣👣👣👣👣👣👣

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Dexy5
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in reply to theoldfellow

Thank you dear TOF, you’d have laughed even more if I’d posted the photo TailChaser has sent me. 🤣🤣. I’m not safe to be let out .

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TailChaser
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in reply to Dexy5

🤣🤣🤣

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Tasha99
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Up north - pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase

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Dexy5
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in reply to Tasha99

Anything above Watford is north to me Tasha99. If ever we are in Yorkshire, we’ll let you know for sure. Have you tried a shout out for runners on the forum? 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Tasha99
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in reply to Dexy5

I haven’t got time to organise anything tbh. Anything south of Leeds is south to me 🤣 I know Elfe5 and Beachcomber66 are nearby.

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Coddfish
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Only 1 thing to do Dexy, switch to a ShockAbsorber. I wouldn’t run in anything else.

Well done on the meet up. Southsea was cold but sunny and still this morning, marshalled by the RNLI dressed in yellow kit with red reindeer antlers, advertising an RNLI reindeer race on December 8th.

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Dexy5
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in reply to Coddfish

I had intended to do that Coddfish but haven’t quite got round to it yet. It’s now become more vital. I did manage to sort it out in the ladies eventually, so was ok for coffee and cake.

Yes I saw the RNLI were volunteering today. That race will clash with lakeside one I think. Is it at Stanstead house again?

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Coddfish
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in reply to Dexy5

I don’t know where it is.

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JonathanP
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Another fantastic VRB meet-up Dexy and a great weekend for you and UTS! Glad you all had an enjoyable time.😀

Sadly all is not well here - I was out for my 10k on Thursday and 3k in, swerved to avoid a lady and dog who seemed undecided which way to go. Bit of a twinge to my right thigh - what's that, hopefully it'll clear if I carry on....

Big mistake - 25m later, big twinge, forced stop and lengthy limp home! Diagnosis: hamstring pull/tear - blast! Hoping to get physio advice soon.🤕

So....marshalling today at Lakeside. For info, revised course due to work on tarmac path - now 2 laps of an out and back alongside the lake which had its challenges due to faster runners overlapping but all went ok in the end😀

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Coddfish
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in reply to JonathanP

Sorry to hear of your injury

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JonathanP
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in reply to Coddfish

Thanks - me too

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to JonathanP

No justice JP. Probably we have got to the point where we don’t expect to pick up injuries and then an unusual movement tweaks something. All of my encounters with physios have been positive (sometimes painful as well). Give me treatment, recovery plan and estimated return to running date and my equanimity is restored..because I have something to work on. Hope it is not too bad🤞

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JonathanP
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in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC - yes it was unexpected. Hope my experience is like yours

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BaddieThePirate
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in reply to JonathanP

Hope you're better soon.

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JonathanP
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in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thanks Baddie

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Sandie1961
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in reply to JonathanP

Oh no Jonathan! Very bad luck and it can happen so easily. Hope you aren’t out for too long

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JonathanP
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in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie - yes I was surprised at how easily!

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Cantstopmenow
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😂😂🙈 sounds you're having a fun and memorable weekend. These meet ups are a great idea 😊

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Dexy5
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in reply to Cantstopmenow

They are so much fun. Cantstopmenow.

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Cantstopmenow
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in reply to Dexy5

I'd love to join in, but I'm a Lancashire lass (southsea is a bit far) and also work Saturdays. Roll on retirement! 😂

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Dexy5
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in reply to Cantstopmenow

We did do Hyndburn once when we saw Accy play at home. So we want your retirement and a home game and you to be close enough to join us

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Cantstopmenow
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in reply to Dexy5

👍👍

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Windoze
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Fantastic to meet you Dexy and UTS....(and his famous hat 😎😎) wonderfully morning all round 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🕺🎉🎉😎

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Dexy5
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in reply to Windoze

And you too Windoze. Loved the brownies 😋

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BaddieThePirate
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Fabulous! Well done everybody. Great turn out, and chocolate brownies too. Yum!

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Dexy5
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in reply to BaddieThePirate

Sorry you couldn’t be there this time Baddy. You stay safe on the water. 🏃‍♀️🏴‍☠️

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Runningroni
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You all look fantastic, that is quite some crowd.

I recall it is not the first time that the girls have escaped the zippy bra. Time for a change of design I think.

It is truly amazing how strangers who meet here then in person to run together do feel like old and dear friends.

Well done all of you.

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Dexy5
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in reply to Runningroni

Yes this is the first time it’s happened on a timed run and I probably jammed the zipped in my rush to get it sorted and get a good time. Yes they are a good bunch.

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Sparkey5000

Fantastic....just down the road from me. Love that your time is about mine without walking and lit malfunction!! Love my little corner of the world....glad you did too.

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Dexy5
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in reply to Sparkey5000

I’m sure TailChaser would love to catch up with you if you do parkrun there.

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Slinkymalinki
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Lovely to read this. What luck to get those tickets to the Boy in the Dress too - hope it was amazing! Commiserations on the zip incident - luckily there are not too many people on my balcony (as the French would say) so I can get away with a pull on job. Happy shopping! 🤗

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Dexy5
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in reply to Slinkymalinki

Never heard that phrase - love it.

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Slinkymalinki
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in reply to Dexy5

It's very colloquial & really not 'PC' I guess! You can also just have 'du monde au balcon' in case you need to comment quietly to anyone! 😆

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Dexy5
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in reply to Slinkymalinki

There didn’t used to be a lot of people on my balcony, a result of reaching over 50 . 🤣

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Slinkymalinki
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in reply to Dexy5

😆🤣 There's hope for me yet then - a couple of years to go!

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Run46
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Oh Dexy, I'm sorry to laugh at your misfortune but that is so funny 🤣😂, I didn't even know they did zip up sports bras...though it would stop the almost shoulder dislocation when putting them on!

I hope you managed to see the funny side and it didn't spoil your fun coz I'm sure it was actually really annoying!

Glad you enjoyed your weekend, I love a good musical 🎶🎤🎵

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Dexy5
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in reply to Run46

That’s why I bought it- I couldn’t buy a bra if I needed someone else to get me into it. 🤣🤣

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Run46
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in reply to Dexy5

😂🤣

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WillowandSola

Lovely photo of you all, oh dear zip up bra? and don’t our assets move a long way when not contained during a run?

Glad you enjoyed it

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Dexy5
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in reply to WillowandSola

As the zip jammed the bra was containing things a little and a supporting arm helped, but not the best situation for parkrun.

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WillowandSola
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in reply to Dexy5

No not the best and would have slowed you down, willow took some photos of me running on the beach and i was surprised at how far parts of me travelled from where i expected them to be so now i wear a really good sports bra for running

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Dexy5
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in reply to WillowandSola

🤣🤣

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Sybilw
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That really made me laugh as I could just imagine your predicament. I was also glad you didn’t have heart problems 🤣🤣. So envious of your get togethers.

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Dexy5
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in reply to Sybilw

He he - a word of warning - make sure zip is locked before running. Cheeky and I usually remind each other to check zip but forgot today.

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Sybilw
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in reply to Dexy5

You won’t again!! 🤣🤣

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over61andstilltrying

Just lovely to be meeting up with this happy running troop! 😊🏃🏻‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻🏃🏻‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻🐕

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Dexy5
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It was lovely to join the Kat family as they have travelled to many other parkruns to meet others. We always think you’re there in spirit with us over61.

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over61andstilltrying
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in reply to Dexy5

Aw! That's very kind of you. One day in body perhaps! I am up to 7km now. Still in awe of your 10miles! And cheekychipmunks's HM! One day at a time, hoping for 7.5km tomorrow, ideally avoiding the rain. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

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Dexy5
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You are doing brilliantly over61 after taking time out on the IC and then for your garden.

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over61andstilltrying
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in reply to Dexy5

Thank you! Brilliantly seems far too strong! I find that I am seeing running as an investment in my health and fitness. I know at my 'peak' that my stamina was up and I seemed able to garden without it occurring to me to take a rest. I am also mostly enjoying it, although not always when I set off, then I just go with, "this is what I do", no discussion allowed! 😊🏃‍♀️🌸

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alisonx
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Fantastic Dexy!

So sorry about the wardrobe malfunction messing up your time but it does sound 😂 - and the incidents that followed. Well done for finishing in that condition!

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Dexy5
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Thanks Alison, at least I can be fairly confident of getting a PB next time I go there. It was so funny, and once I’d decided that I couldn’t change the situation I just flowed with it.

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RunaroundSue
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Well done everyone, especially Dexy⁵ for finishing despite the problem.

Sorry we couldn't make it, although I would like to do Stratford parkrun (and so many others) some say.

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Dexy5
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Thanks RunaroundSue, I did manage a run without problems today, so put it down to user error. I’d definitely recommend this parkrun

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RunaroundSue
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So many parkruns, not enough Saturdays:)

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Dexy5
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in reply to RunaroundSue

So true 😃

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Oldfloss
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A fabulous, fabulous run and a great time had be each and every one of you and what a super run you had despite letting it all go!!! :)

Very speedy...!

I was so sad not to have been there.. I ran alone in freezing fog, but the thought of all you lovely happy people was so warming!

You had a terrific time and what a super meet up location too!

Next time, my friend..next time!

Huge well done you and everyone there:) xxxx

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Dexy5
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in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you dear Floss. Your snail badge was pinned on shirts to join the Bard and others and you were very much in our minds. You would certainly have had a good laugh at me trying to fix my underwear 🤣🤣. I’m glad you got out- I thought you might have snow.

Your Isabel trail parkrun is on our list of places to go, so we will run together .

Love and hugs

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