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How did your parkrun or (not)parkrun go?

damienair profile image
damienairModerator

Hello Everyone and happy weekend. Today is parkrun day, a free 5K event which takes place every Saturday morning all around the world. It is for everyone, slow, fast, able, disabled, big, small and everyone in between. Oh and don't forget about the super Mum's and Dad's who push their babies in buggies. You can walk, jog, run, run/walk, it's not a race, just a run in the park and loads of us here on Bridge to 10K do it religiously every Saturday morning.

parkrun is back thankfully in most Countries around the World. I am hoping for any Countries still struggling with COVID-19 that it returns to you soon.

Some of us may not be able to do a parkrun at the moment so until parkrun returns fully for everyone some of us will continue to take part on our own in a Virtual parkrun every Saturday morning called a (not)parkrun. Or if you are away on Holidays, prefer to run on your own, or do not have a parkrun close by you a (not)parkrun is perfect, please feel free to join in.

Please post a little run report after your parkrun or (not)parkrun and let everyone know how you got on. The little run report can be done over a post parkrun coffee and treat/cake. (parkrun is all about the after run coffee and cake, and meeting friends old and new).

If you are a new graduate and would like to start, all you have to do is run, walk or jog at a parkrun or a 5K run/jog/walk (not)parkrun anytime today or tomorrow and write a little run report under this post. It's like a little community and it is good fun, sets you up nicely for the weekend. If you want to you can register on the parkrun website and you can log your 5K (not)parkrun. In fact you can log any 5K done during the week as a (not)parkrun.

For anyone whom has not done a real parkrun yet and if it is available to you, give it a try. It is the most wonderful community event. Saturday mornings will never be the same again.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you who ran in real proper parkruns and (not)parkruns. Happy running and have a lovely weekend.

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RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair, park runners and (not) park runners,

It’s been super hot here the last few days so I wimped out of ParkRun, and ran a longer run at 5.30am.

Our 11 year old ran his first park run with his Dad. 23:25 was his official time🔥

I had given him my Hoka Mach 4’s. I knew those shoes had potential! Just needed the right runner 🤣

Happy running everyone ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

First Park run for one of our boys 😍
JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Congratulations to your son on his first parkrun RW - what a time!👏

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to RunWillie

Wow, fantastic finish time for your Son on his first parkrun. Great running and well done too on your early morning long run.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Wow! That’s an incredible time RW! Well done to you. Feeling very envious of your warmth atm 🥶

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Well done junior RunWillie - what a cracking time for a first parkrun! And we’ll done you for getting out super early to beat the heat!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Cancelled! 💨 💨 I can’t say I’m disappointed and I don’t fancy driving around to find one which is on. Instead I’m off to the common for dog jog.

Stay safe everyone. ❤️

Edited to add:

I ran a (not) PR and I was so cold afterwards I had to sit in the car with my fingers in the heating vents before I could drive home! 😅🥶 The wind was 52.3 kph up there, and my jacket acted like a space shuttle parachute when I was running into it! Not sure I enjoyed it much, but Flossie got a walk and I felt vaguely righteous ….

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I don’t think ours is cancelled but it is so wild I’m wimping out. Good luck to those going ahead!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I was in Bristol with work on Thursday and yesterday. I drove past Ashton Court on the way out to the Airport. Pity yours was canceled, but better not to be out in awful weather.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

I must admit I was fairly relieved to see it cancelled this morning Damien. I didn’t even try any of the others - and Ashton Court went ahead I’ve since found out!

You could have popped in for a cuppa - we live very near the airport and the planes take off and land over the common where I run! ✈️

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was sooooo cold today cheeky 🥶🥶🥶

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Almost not enjoyable TC 😩🥶😩

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hope you’ve thawed out now cheeky! It was bitter here this morning but fortunately we were able to go ahead!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I have thanks OGR. Eastville Park was strewn with branches and I guess there was the health and safety hazard of being blown into the lake - imagine that on a freezing cold day! 🥶🥶

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Having to miss parkrun today - hoping to do (not) parkrun tomorrow. Nothing to do with the weather - honestly!

Happy running - if you can......

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Enjoy your run tomorrow

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Ian5KGraduate10

❄️ ⛄️ ❄️ ⛄️ ❄️ ⛄️ ❄️ ⛄️ ❄️ ⛄️ ❄️ ⛄️

Whiteout!

It’s also blowing a howler - mind those falling branches! - a day for staying in and watching some inspirational videos.

Good luck if you’re running though. 🙂

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SueKenGraduate10

I’m so close to my 100, I couldn’t wimp out. Secretly was hoping it would be cancelled, but no, and I knew all the volunteers would still be there so off I went. The heavy snow started just as we gathered for the briefing 🥶 I slipped and slid through the slush but stayed upright. Not a fast time but my highest finish position in ages😊

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to SueKen

Well done you SueKen. Not a day for a PB!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to SueKen

Very well done on getting out there in the poor weather to do your parkrun.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to SueKen

Well done for not slipping over! It did the same with ours. Blue sky teased us just as we were packing away 🙄

beth_f profile image
beth_fGraduate10

No ParkRun for me either.

Still recovering from injury however daughter is now playing Hockey matches for school at the weekends so I have been her personal cheerleader and taxi service.

After Christmas she will be playing Netball every weekend so will have to work out a system so that I can get at least a couple of ParkRun's in.

Husband went this morning, and said it was sleeting and very very cold (and slippery). He took it steady and finished in 27.01. Have just purchased him some trail shoes! 😂.

Happy running all, have a great weekend.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to beth_f

Very well done to your husband , great finish time especially in that weather.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10

Good morning Damien, this morning I ran at Dunfermline parkrun, my 31st, 19th at Dunfermline, sunny but with a cold north/north east wind, temperature 2C, my time was 32:40, age grade 58.01%.I wore jogging trousers, a bonnet and a few layers of light jumpers, all in all a good run for me today. 😊 🏃🏾

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

WellDone Al, I thought you would have snow to contend with up there.

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

When Keith the man who takes me to parkrun now was driving to Dunfermline we noticed that there was a lot of snow on the hills, mainly above 1500 feet, but not on low ground, there were a few icy patches on the parkrun course, the RD told the runners exactly where they were, so no one fell, we all avoided those few icy patches.

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

PS Dexy, 07.45 Sunday morning, I have just woken up to a winter wonderland, the first snow of the season, it snowed early morning, just a light wind, looks beautiful.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

How lovely Al. I wonder if you’ll have a white Christmas?

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

No idea, too early to know whether we'll have a white Christmas, I went a 6K walk this morning and saw 3 runners, the snow is slowly melting due to the sun shining and the +3C temperature.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al, you’re made of hardier stuff up there.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Lol TailChaser, Lochore Meadows Parkrun which is about 10 miles north east of Dunfermline was cancelled today due to ice and a fallen tree on the course.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

That sounds like a good run for you Al, hope you’ve warmed up now!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

O yes Oldgirlruns I have warmed up OK, the coldest part was when I got out of my friend Keith's car, 🚶 walking to the start felt very cold despite the sunshine, once the run started I no longer felt cold,as I said earlier I was wearing jogging trousers, not shorts, a warm bonnet, not my 🏃🏾 running cap, also, a warm jumper under a thinner jumper , over all that I wore my 25 T shirt and thin gloves as well.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Alan, you are a true parkrunner if ever there was one! Well done. I’m going to travel to meet you. I really will.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It would be a pleasure to meet you at parkrun Damien, if you wish to go parkrun tourism in Scotland. 😊 🏃🏾 👍

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Arwen has defeated me. I managed a 3k(Monday) and then a 5k (Thursday) so that will have to do for this week. Ice pack on one foot and calf guard on the other; this is supposed to be fun!😂

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Don’t blame you BC. Look after those grumbly bits and stay warm this weekend. I ran on the common and it was one of the hardest 5ks I’ve ever done. Wind was 52.3 kph according to Strava, with virtually nowhere to hide. 😩😩😩

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done CC; brave as ever.🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Unhinged BC. 🤪

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Noooo! Take care BC 😧

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Lots of eccentric dips every day!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh joy!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

😬

Hi Damien,

All 4 of my local parkruns were cancelled today. One due to Avian Flu and the other 3 due to huge piles of overnight snow.

Time to give my injury a rest so probably good news.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to

Gosh, we dodged that storm ⛈ completely. You’ll be back next weekend

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Dexy5Graduate10

Our RD ran the course at 6.30 and gave us the thumbs up to parkrun. It was still dark and she came across some urban foxes in training. 31 mph down here but as the wind was NNW it wasn’t as bad as previous named storms. Brrrh it was cold though and I was in long sleeved top, parkrun T-shirt, and running jacket as well as hat and gloves. 3c without wind chill factor. The volunteers did a sterling job. Only 178 runners today and I was 150th (my highest position in Southsea) and 1st in my age group. I suspect that the low numbers were not just due to predicted weather, but also the first Christmas shopping Saturday after pay day.

Breakfast followed with UpTheStanley, who ran this event for the first time since September, Mr & Mrs Coddfish and Oldgirlruns .

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Brave Dexy! Eastville had all kinds of fallen branches etc, and I was mighty relieved it was cancelled! Hope you soon warmed up. 🥶🥶

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I think we’ve been let off lightly compared to everyone else cheeky. I have run in much worse storms, but having had such a mild autumn the drop in temperature has been a bit of a shock. I hope you had a lovely time a la France 🇫🇷.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

The storm really hit us Dexy, and we normally get let off lightly. 💨💨💨

France was fab, thanks. 🇫🇷 ❤️

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

You did better for numbers than we did Dexy and our wind speed was ‘only’ 22mph. It was straight against you going down the riverside straight though. Well done running in it, hope you’ve now warmed up.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Our Iight drizzle wasn’t as bad as your snow and driving rain though TC. Well done to Katnap too.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Well done for getting out there in this weather Dexy and all the Southsea crew.👍

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy for getting out to do a parkrun yesterday , getting ever closer to 100.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

13 to go but I’m volunteering next week as UpTheStanley is RD

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

I’ve 19 to go now. Countdown is on 😀

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien and all,Sorry, bit late again as I’m only just warming up. We so nearly cancelled today because of the weather but 166ish of us ran in the snow, freezing rain and driving winds.

Katnap was co-RDing this week so I waited behind to learn a bit more about result but consequently wore 3 layers of cold, wet clothes to which no amount of coffee would warm me up. Got home and had a shower, into dry clothes so finally starting to feel warm again.

Anyway, managed to get into the top 100 this week as there were so few of us. 27:48ish according to Garmin. Slower according to parkrun but…I blame the dodgy RD 😉

Tomorrow I’m off to do a 7.5k run dressed as a reindeer with Shake-and-run - it must be nearly Christmas 🎄 🎄 🎄

Happy running everyone 😃🤶🏻🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done TailChaser. Snow and freezing rain does not sound good.

Have fun in your reindeer run with Shake-and-run tomorrow. 🦌 🦌

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, it was great fun. Parkrun was good training as it was still bitterly cold.

Two runners in reindeer costume
Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Love it - blue sky too!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes, it was a smashing morning. Snowed again in the afternoon though.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

How lovely - no snow here yet but it got as far as Winchester.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done today TC! Have fun tomorrow - I must say, running in a reindeer costume would have been nice today! 🦌🦌

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was very appropriate! Thanks Cheeky 😀

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done TC - I'm sure you'll be warmer as a reindeer!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP, the costume was nice and snuggly warm 😊

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Very well done TC on an another parkrun and a fantastic finish time especially in winter conditions.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien, my first Parkrun blizzard I think!

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10

Arwen Undómiel, child of Elrond and Celebrian, Queen of Gondor...

Sorry, got distracted there.

I girded my bits and, dressed appropriately, headed off to the local parkrun. I was away in NW Wales last weekend where there wasn't one.

I deliberately arrived about five minutes later than usual so that I wouldn't be hanging around too much. The numbers were much diminished. I was wondering if we were all determined or just daft.

It was windy. There were fallen twigs everywhere. At one point the route was blocked by a large puddle and we had to run round it. One of the downhill sections had the biting wind aiming directly in your face.

Thankfully the snow that had fallen overnight had melted off the paths and only exposed areas that were shaded from the sun (ie. the bowling green and the grassed bits in the "rose garden") retained their icy clumps of snow.

Not counting the two tail walkers (who started jogging towards the end because they were getting cold), there were 35 finishers, down from 112 last week.

I came in at 20, between two teenage girls. The one who came in ahead of me I had overtaken earlier in the run, but she must have found her second wind and zoomed past me on the finish straight. It was her first parkrun, too!

I was deliberately taking things easier today. I've been doing a lot of mileage recently, and I don't want to tempt fate by pushing the pace. I was also in different (trail) shoes to my normal ones.

Not a PB at 30'13", but given the circumstances I'm happy just to have been able to do it today.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Well done on your parkrun and your finish time. Great running. In regards to your opening reference, I lost my precious in the Sea of West Cork in July. But in work the eyes of Mordor are always upon me!

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Hi Damien, Just a brief report from me; it was touch and go whether Southsea would go today but in fact the weather was probably a bit better than predicted. Our brave RD was out at 6.30 am to run the course to make sure it was safe. She wasn’t totally alone as foxes popped up on the route, probably wondering what madness this was! Coddfish and I introduced ourselves to the tailwalkers, it seemed only fair as they were obviously going to be out a while as we walked the course. We did it in 54:21 which we were happy with but heck it was cold - a real shock to the system after the relatively mild autumn we’ve had so far! I saw the physio yesterday and he’s upped the exercises for my hip but I don’t think I’ll be running again until the new year😢. Happy running folks!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done OGR - hope the hip responds well to the break.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

It was definitely tougher for you than us runners Oldgirlruns, but it has to be said , the heroes of the day were the volunteers who were stood still in that cold wind. Three cheers for them. Hopefully it’s warmer next weekend when we volunteer again. 🤞

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done on supporting all you parkrunners as well as yourselves.

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10

I wimped out as I was kept awake by the rain and just didn't fancy walk/run 2.5k then hanging around for 15 minutes doing the 5K then 2.5K back. Instead I did a work out and some strength training and stationery bike. It was brutal! Please, please, please let me run tomorrow!!!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Rennur

Enjoy your run tomorrow

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to damienair

I certainly did!

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to Rennur

I chose wisely. 4 degrees with a mix of sun and shade and only a light breeze.

H4CS profile image
H4CSGraduate10

2 weeks ago today I ran this 5k canicross course and today there are hundreds of trees down

Trees
H4CS profile image
H4CSGraduate10 in reply to H4CS

No running for me today, no power at my house since last night but it came on around 7pm this evening

Tree
damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to H4CS

Oh no. Hope all is ok with you and everyone whom is close to you.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to H4CS

So sad to see fallen trees after a storm. I hope you now have power and are cosy at home.

Had the weekend off. Normally would work friday night so am limited by which park I can get to after getting home at 8am Saturday mornings. This time decided I could go a bit further afield and so chose South manchester at platt fields park. Wasn't racing as I've got the wilmslow 10k Sunday morning so just taking it easy. Really nice super flat paved course although some of the puddles were simply too big to avoid! Only 11 metres of elevation over the 5k! Hope to be able to get to this one again as I think mum (getfitordietrying) would really enjoy it if I could drag her along with me.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Hargo

Have fun in wilmslow Hargo. We did a tourist parkrun there once with BaddieThePirate and lexi6 .

Hargo profile image
Hargo in reply to Dexy5

Absolutely smashed wilmslow 10k today. Took 80 seconds off my previous pb!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Hargo

Well done!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Hargo

Congratulations and very well done 👏

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Hargo

Well done on your parkrun 👍

Hargo profile image
Hargo in reply to damienair

Ta muchly. Up to 18 parkruns now.

I chickened out of running this weekend at Lowestoft. I volunteered instead. Only 191 brave runners (normally around 300). Wet and cold and it took a while for the feeling to return to my toes! All good fun though!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Newbierunner84

Well done and thank you for volunteering 👍

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damienairModerator

I forgot to reply myself. Yesterday I traveled to do Tymon parkrun in Dublin with one of my Navan parkrun friends Petula. It was a beautiful park and a lovely 2 lap course. Weather was very cold 🥶 but dry. I ran a time of 31:36 and finished in 78th place. Petula ran a time just over 28 minutes. After we found a good Service Station and had a coffee before driving home.

Tymon parkrun
Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Does that count as parkrun tourism damienair?! Well done you for getting out there, it sounds like a lovely place to run!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yes it was parkrun tourism, it was my 26th different parkrun and my 81st parkrun , I’m trying to complete all the parkrun courses in Dublin over the next year.

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Is that the Ulyses parkrun set?

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Rennur

I think it’s known as Dublin Done ✔️

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Not so literary then.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

That sounds like a great plan!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Well done Damien - I'm sure you'll crack 30 mins soon!

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damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Thanks Jonathan. I was doing ok, ran 5:52, 6:10, 6:03, slowed down for the 4th kilometer and ran 6:12 for the 5th. Just need to do some more speed training. Work has got in the way over the last 3 weeks.

I ran my 50th Parkrun yesterday at Willen in Milton Keynes. It was cold and windy, but just managed to dodge rain and sleet.

Sleet on car windscreen
damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Sandy_Shoes

Oh fantastic and congratulations on your 50th milestone parkrun 👏👏👏

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Hedgehogs123Graduate10

Cold, wet, peeing down, but................... I LOVED IT!!!!!😄🏃‍♀️

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damienairModerator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Well done 👏

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