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Virtual Vitality 10k - Another One!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
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Just in case you've not read enough Virtual Vitality 10k posts I thought you might like another one!

Here we have Sandie1961 , Shake-and-run , Windoze, Katnap and myself, together with Sandie's friend on the left. We had just finished our cool down walk and were looking forward to the delicious coffee and cakes at our local cafe πŸ˜‹

After weeks of... *cough*... careful planning, changing our plans as fast as the government would let us, the Stratford Six met up at 9am this morning at the Pavilion (where our parkrun normally would be starting up it's weekly junior event) and set off on our pre-arranged 10k loop. Shakes is a 10k newbie so set off a little earlier to Jeff the route that she and Sandie had checked out the day before.

I had no hope of keeping up with the chaps, but Sandie very kindly let me give it a go. I was hoping we could run together but as this was my only chance of a proper competitive run this year I didn't want to miss the opportunity.

As the course 'designer' I was fairly confident I wouldn't get it wrong...but there is a twiddly bit just after 6km that I had stuck in my head went a particular way. When I saw the three chaps heading towards me, I immediately shouted out 'you're going the wrong way'...and then I thought about it a bit more as I headed towards a dead end...πŸ™„

Still, a 10k is a 10k. Just because I had to finish by the hotel rather than the golf club, I still did it. It just felt a bit odd running past the finishing party of the chaps and Shakes 🀣...and I got the sub-60 that I hoped for, getting my second fastest 10k, so very happy.

Windoze topped it all. Not only did he cycle the 13 miles to the run, but he cycled back again after fueling up on coffee and two brownies!!

We've just treated ourselves to a Sunday lunch out where the weather finally got it's own back and chucked it down shortly before our meal came out. Now I've still got 2 miles left to do of my weekly running challenge...it may have to wait...

Now very much looking forward to my next socially distanced run dressing up in Santa suits with Shakes & co!

Happy running all!

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Shake-and-run
Shake-and-runGraduate10

Thank for organising the route, it was both challenging and, err, simple to followπŸ€£πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ. Well done on your PB. Here’s to next time!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Shake-and-run

It was an absolute pleasure. Looks like it was simple for you and challenging for me 🀣 Not a pb unfortunately, I think that boat may have sailed, but you never know...

Irish-John
Irish-JohnGraduate10

"The Stratford Six" - love it! :)

Great crew, great runners :)

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Irish-John

Thanks John 😁

Ah what a fabulous photo of you all ..

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Wimborne

Care of Shakes husband, he had a conveyor belt of iPhones handed to him!!

Katnap
KatnapGraduate10

It filled the time while we waited for all finishers!

πŸŽƒπŸ™€ Spooky Katnap πŸ™€πŸŽƒ

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Katnap

Ooh cheeky πŸ˜‚

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I know πŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

Sounds brilliant TC and the sunshine looks lovely! Congratulations on such a speedy 10k!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to linda9389

It was Linda. It wasn’t quite as lovely as it looked as we had a head wind most of the way but it could have been much worse! Sounds like you’ve had a fab day too πŸ‘

linda9389
linda9389Moderator in reply to TailChaser

We did indeed 😊

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10

β€œStratford 6” does make it sound like you are victims of a miscarriage of justice! Well done on your run.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks CF, may be...we weren’t allowed to sit together as a 6 in the cafe...do I have grounds? Possibly only coffee grounds...

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

And then Shakes and I got told off for mingling standing up with our hubbies, who were sitting at another table because we weren’t allowed to sit together πŸ˜‚

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I know! The Stratford Six and accomplices 🀣 It’s probably more appropriate than we care to think! 🀣

Outlaws and renegades, the lot of you! πŸ˜‚

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to grumpyoldgirl

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you’re only jealous!

Darn right I am🀣

I'm also getting increasingly confused by by the rules πŸ˜ΆπŸ™ƒ

00marks
00marksGraduate10

Brilliant, well done all!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to 00marks

Thanks 00 πŸ˜πŸ™

Lovely run TailChaser and friends. It sounds like you all had a great time!πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to David_G

It was as a fab morning David 😍

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

A lovely photo of you all, and what a beautiful blue sky. We will all get back to Southampton again one day, but I think it might be next year now.

Well done to each and everyone Of you.

p.s. I do enjoy a Santa run . Our outfits will be out too as we’ve decided we will run on Christmas Day even if there is no parkrun.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy 😍 Yes, deceptively so Dexy. It was quite windy but we’re hardy souls these days.

Excellent idea. Maybe we’ll dust ours off again on Christmas Day and β€˜join’ you?!

Thank you for getting the ball rolling with all of this. Let’s hope we’ll be trundling down The Mall come May β€˜21 🀞🀞🀞

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸ€ΆπŸ» πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸ€ΆπŸ»

Lovely picture of you all TC! Such a shame we couldn’t do it as one big group but I reckon we all had a great time anyway! You didn’t go the wrong way at all - you went your own way and there’s nothing wrong with that! Well done all on some great running - and especially to Windoze for cycling too. That’s definitely above and beyond the call!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Haha! Story of my life OG 🀣 Plenty of opportunities to get together again once all this madness calms down 🀞

Thank you! πŸ™ I hope Windoze had some more brownies, he really deserved them!

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Shakes is trying to persuade me to join your Mrs Santa run. Tempted 😈

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador

Well done all of you - and congrats on a sub-60 run! Brilliant!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ…

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you Sandra! πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ‘

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

Well done on your virtual Vitality 10k and a speedy one at that. Great photos πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy! Absolutely shattered now πŸ˜΄πŸ˜†πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Epic run TC, what an amazing time! I’m so glad you guys had as much as we did! Hope to see you again soon too! 🀞🀞🀞🀞

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheeky! 😍 It’s been fab! I hope so too 🀞🀞🀞🀞

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10

Oh, well done everyone! Sounds a brilliant day. TC, congratulations on your time and Windoze!!! That’s seriously impressive, surely that must be a duathlon....?

How lovely to meet up in person, especially nowadays πŸ™‚

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Irishprincess

Yes, it’s been quite challenging IP as originally we were going to all meet up in Southampton (well, before that we were all going to meet up in London but that was a lifetime ago...).

I think you’re right about Windoze, I think he needs an extra medal! πŸ…

What a brilliant time πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡

Congratulations on a super run and memorable day πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to GTFC

Thank you 😍 it’s been brilliant! You know you’ve had a great day and a fab run when all you want to do is curl up in the front of the telly with a cuppa 😊

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Well done on your sub 60 TC; awesome πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC, it was an excellent day wasn’t it? 😍

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

The best πŸ™‚

So nice to see a group photo, well done everybody! πŸŽ‰

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to grumpyoldgirl

So nice to be in one again GOG! Thank you 😍

Mum22boys
Mum22boysGraduate10

Many congratulations and a super time πŸ‘

Windoze
WindozeGraduate10

Thank you for organising such an awesome day xxx

Also thank you for getting lost 🀣 confused the crap out of Chris for a few minutes 🀣

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Windoze

🀣🀣🀣

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10

Congratulations

Lovely group photo πŸ‘πŸ˜

Nice to see groups getting together to do the virtual 10000 - socially distanced of course

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Of course! It was a great excuse to get together again, even if we had to do separate events because of our numbers, we were together in mind if not body. Thank you 😍

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate10

Wooh hoooo!! πŸ™ŒπŸ½ Well done TailChaser & The VRB’s!! 🀩🀩🀩❀️

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fab! It was a lovely day. Want to do it again!!!! 😍😁πŸ’ͺ

Raspberrypink
RaspberrypinkGraduate10

Well done on a great run and a fab time πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Raspberrypink

Thanks Raspberry, very chuffed with it πŸ˜πŸ‘

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

What a lovely, happy, Sunny report TC! I loved reading that. Well done to you all πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks Brian, if we can keep doing this, it will do so much for all our mental as well as physical health. It makes such a difference to be together, even if it’s just a small group. 😍

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