Virtual Vitality 10000 at Stratford-Upon-Avon - Bridge to 10K

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Virtual Vitality 10000 at Stratford-Upon-Avon

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After a rather damp day yesterday, this morning dawned bright and sunny. I was awake at 6.00 thanks to the clocks changing so had a leisurely mug of tea while waiting to meet up with the Midlands Gang of 6 for our Stratford VV10000. Shake-and-run set off first as she was expecting the slowest time, then the rest of us set off together. The guys soon disappeared into the distance and, after 1.5k I told TailChaser to leave me as I felt I was holding her back. After an unusual toxic 10, I got into my stride and finished with a 1.04.52. Congratulations to Shake-and-run on a PB and to Tailchaser on a sub 60. My day will come! Coffee and muffins/brownies in the Pantry afterwards. It was fantastic to run an almost real race again and to meet up with a few RBs and huge thanks to Tailchaser for arranging the route. See you all again soon I hope ๐Ÿคž

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Congratulations Sandie1961 and the Midlands gang!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Sounds like a lovely run for all you, and fab food afterwards๐Ÿ˜‹


TailChaser was the only one who missed a turn! ๐Ÿคฃ Great running Sandie! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ™€ Spooky Katnap ๐Ÿ™€๐ŸŽƒ

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Katnap

Oi! I was saving that nugget until later!

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Pipped at the post


Congratulations - and so fast ! Great to have a gang to run with. I ran โ€˜aloneโ€™ today but was great to know lots of people in this community also doing it - and I ran past a group of 3 women with vitality bibs twice as we lapped the park in opposite directions - so that was fun !


Well done Stratford - Southsea was wet occasionally :-( and breezy always :-( but I think all six of us beat our expected times. 51'45" for me was highly unexpected .... think I'll take November off now :-) .

Apart from Wimborne who ran 20 mins faster than her self-declared handicap time (!!), our staggered starts meant we all finished within a couple of minutes of one another.

And a healthy breakfast was had by all - I'm sure a separate thread will provide photographic evidence shortly :-)

Sometime we will all do this one together in London!

damienairModerator in reply to UpTheStanley

Congratulations UTS on your 51'45" Time, super running.


I keep telling you UTS I set my expectations low.... maybe a tad too low this morning ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Wimborne

Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Well done you ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Great time UTS! Did you have the famous Southsea wind behind you?

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Half the time, strangely ๐Ÿ˜„

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ what a surprise!


So good to see the Midlands splinter group altogether, albeit socially distanced. When I saw that you were going to have good weather This morning I knew youโ€™d have a great run. It was great to know that we were all running at the same time, but I think you may have got your breakfast a little bit earlier.

Well done everyone and hereโ€™s to the real thing in May next year.

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It really was a lovely day, although we were all slightly surprised by a head wind in the last 1k. So fantastic to be together again and seeing the RBs waiting to cheer me in on the finish line, rather than having buggered off to the cafe, was brilliant ๐Ÿ˜†


Oh wow, super running. Congratulations on your time of 1.04.52 , fantastic effort. Very well done to all of you.


Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. It was a special occasion ๐Ÿ˜Š


Well done Sandie. It sounds like a great run and a good day had by all of you. Hope you enjoyed the coffee and muffins afterwards ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy. Oh yes, chocolate brownies for most, but lemon and poppy seed muffin for me. Yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹

Ah sounds great fun Sandie and the midlands gang. Really impressive times there. Itโ€™s great to see you all running together. Our little gang down South did great too ... UTS was a rocket as always ๐Ÿ˜€ and it was great despite the fact it was windy and raining at times. Look forward to a big meet up one day.

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Wimborne

The southern gang did brilliantly. Sounds like we had better weather! A big meet up would be fab, but, until then, gangs of 6 are compensation x

Well done the Stratford and Midlands Branch! It looks as though you had a great morning for it - so did we here on the South Coast. If you donโ€™t mind wind and rain! But, hey, it was typical OGR weather! And with Coddfish as a very welcome pacemaker for just under 7km I managed a PB of 1:38:04 so Iโ€™m happy with that! Looking forward to another meet-up soon!

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yay ๐Ÿ˜ Well done on your PB OGR. Great run - but, of course, perfect weather for you ๐Ÿ˜‚



Well done all

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks Coddfish x

Well done Sandie and everyone else too. Some great times and special memories to look back on too! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to GTFC

They are indeed GTFC. Until we can all get together again, weโ€™ll take it where we can ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Yay! It is so great to see some of you guys able to get together and run in small groups for these virtual events. How special is that! Congrats to Shake-and-run for her PB and speedy TailChaser on her sub-60! Someday I hope to achieve that goal! I can dream.

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks Sask, but you have huge great boulders and difficult terrain to follow, ours was easy peasy tarmac!

SaskAlliecatGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Even on easy peasy tarmac, I am way off that pace. But someday. I'm getting a new running watch and am going to change things up a bit to see if I can get faster. I seem to be getting slower instead of faster lately so time to shake things up ๐Ÿ˜†

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to SaskAlliecat

You will Sask, I'm just trying to make the most of it whilst I still can!!! ๐Ÿ˜


Thatโ€™s just brilliant Sandie, congratulations to you all, so lovely to see some at least are able to run with real RBโ€™s day........๐Ÿฅณ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿค—


I know you will Sandie! I wouldn't have left you if you hadn't known where you were going but then if you hadn't walked it yesterday you might have had the legs for it a bit more today... but, as you say, it actually felt something like a race, and that's still a very good time ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


Well done. What a great result.


Fabulous, a meet up and a superb PB for TailChaser. Lovely to see you all out there doing it. Thanks for posting Sandie1961.

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

PB for Shake-and-run not me Baddie. No way I could do that today, though I tried! It was a great morning!

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

You were so close though x

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I blame the wind ๐Ÿ˜xx

BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I mis-read. Well done Shake-and-run ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ‘


Congratulations and a great time!! Well done! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ†


Special occasion Sandie !! All about the meet up and a little bit about the race. I think I will be asleep soon!! Run followed by heavy lunch๐Ÿ™‚

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Ah no BC! It was all about the brownies/muffins ๐Ÿ˜‚ You are safe again from my sub 60. One day! Mr Sandie and I had a roast lunch with Shake-and-Run and Mr Shakes, but sadly I had volunteered to drive the 100 miles home. G&T now poured and an early night on the cards I think


Coffee and muffins/brownies plus sunshine plus running buddies? Who needs a PB!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to linda9389

Thank you for reminding me about what is most important. You are absolutely right, of course ๐Ÿ˜Š


Lovely report and photos Sandie. You all did brilliantly and your time is very much to be respected too! ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Well done to you and the gang!



Lovely meet up for you all Sandie! Well done on your run and a very respectable time too!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ…

Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thanks Sandra. I think this is going to sustain us through the trials and tribulations for a little while!

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