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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Yesterday I ran my first ever 10k and I'm mightily proud of myself, infact you won't believe how proud I am, but this post isn't about me. You see, as I ran I got to thinking about this forum and about all the wonderful people who have posted on here and how they have inspired me with their fantastic deeds and can-do attitude.

I started c25k in early 2014 and have been in love with running ever since. During that time this forum has kept me enthusiastic and committed, even when injury stopped me for running for months on end. There are few things more calculated to whet the appetite for a run than to come on here and read a few posts and see what everyone else is up to.

So to everyone who's helped me along the way -from IannodaTruffe, ju-ju-, Realfoodieclub ,misswobble and everyone else who was here before I joined and who offered such great advice when I was a newbie; to the lovely people who started about the same time as me, like poppypug, Curlygurly2, Irishprincess and far too many others to name individually who have been on this running adventure with me; to those lovely people who haven't posted for awhile but who aren't forgotten, like Rignold, Miles_Yonder and of course Slow_Rob and dozzer19; and to amateurwriter and all you other wonderful people who have encouraged me with your stories of courage, determination and success, thank you. To mis-quote Isaac Newton, if I can run further now, it's because I'm standing on the shoulders of giants. You, my friends, are all giants. xx

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Congratulations and yes we are all wonderful! :-)

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Yes we are!

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So good AM. It's like a second graduation isn't it? We're all proud of you.

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Thank you Tanya. You're absolutely right, it is like a second graduation x

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Well done :)

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Thank you :)

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What a beautiful post and Thankyou so much for the mention, that makes me feel very priveledged... and huge well done, that is such a great achievement... ❤️

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Thank you JJ. Of course I had to mention you as one of my inspirations. x

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Well done AM. You are amazing!

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Thank you Ully. I should have mentioned you too. There you are, quietly running 3 times a week, dispensing sage words and generally making this place a nice place to be :)

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Aww, you're most kind.

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Lovely post... long may you run x

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Aww thank you Floss. Long may you run too (when your ribs are mended of course) xx

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Well done AncientMum - so pleased for you! That first 10k is SO special! I totally agree about the wonderful support and inspiration on this forum. I wonder where this wonderful running journey will take you next?!

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Thank you Sandra. I'm still stunned that I finally got there. Who knows where to next, a 10k race maybe? Exciting times.... :)

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What a star! Well done. And a lovely post too. x

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Thank you Anne :)

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Congratulations on your 10k, fabulous achievement. 🏅

What a wonderful post celebrating the forum and it's brilliant members. You are right, they make a huge difference 😀 Happy running 👟🏃👟🏃

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Thank you RG, that's so kind. Happy running to you too :)

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A very well done to you AM!

Determined you are, resilient, warm, supportive and a squillion other lovely traits!

Wandered by my inbox and was delighted to find your super news!

A very well done indeed :-) XxX

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Bo!!!! How very lovely to hear from you, and thank our so much for your kind words :)

How on Earth are you? I was only thinking about you the other day and wondering where you were planning to do the Wings For Life race. Last time it was mentioned you were undecided where to do it. An decisions been made yet? It would be lovely to see you in Cambridge, hint hint... :D

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Ooo hello! Are you entered? In Cambridge? Hoorah!!! That's pinned as YOUR race!

Still not sure what to do. Prodigal Son will be sitting his AS exams so it's probably unlikely this year and next. If we get a timetable early enough we might manage tho! After 2018 I'll be able to run it every year for the rest of my days! Tempting tempting very very tempting :-) XxX

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Oh yes, I'm entered in Cambridge and so is Madge50 . Be tempted, be very very tempted indeed... xxx

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Come on Bo! Thought you were in anyway 😄, plus, while me and AncientMum let DC's tyres down, you could be tying his shoe laces together......that should slow him up a bit 😂.......and wherever we get to, we can parrttyyyy all the way back on the bus!

What's not to like.....😉

Mx

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Lol! Think that DC guy wears slip-ons! Always has a good jacket tho ...

I like everything about it, you know I do! It's the small matter of abandoning my child in his hour of need to wander off following my own dreams in another country!

It's on my mind, promise and I'm DELIGHTED you two are going for sure. Brilliant brilliant brilliant event :-)

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Abandoning your child in a different country in his hour of need? A small price to pay for entering 'that' race. That reminds me, wasn't Vixchile mad keen to do this race too? x

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Hohoho! Actually doesn't sound such a terrible thing to do when YOU say it out loud!

Yes ... She is/was and was also stricken with a location dilemma ... Has she returned to Blighty after her southerly adventures AM?

Believe me when I tell you WFL is right up there at the top of my list XxX Have you listed yourselves as club C25K?

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Hey, I would recognize that gorgeous smile anywhere !

Lovely to see you on here Bo, hope all is well with you xxx

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Hello gorgeous! Nothing interesting to report which I relish as meaning no drama!

Waiting for you to message me to meet you for a seaside runlette! Anytime you have time and resources I'm waiting XxX

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Sadly Vixchile hasnt posted in ages and her garmin account is set to private, so I'm not sure where she is. I'll try pm her. Can't remember how I entered to be honest, it was so long ago, almost the first day it opened. (I was very keen!!) 😂

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You're going to be first off the line, chomping on your bit, in May next year, ZOOM!!!

Wherever she is (Vixchile) she'll be superfine and dandy and getting on with getting on!

You made me get out and do some tough intervals last night instead of a routine runlette ... Honestly, the power of you guys! XxX

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Well done on your first 10K - what an achievement 👏👏 a really beautiful post too. This forum is full of wonderful and supportive people and many if us would never have achieved as much without each other - me included 😀

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Thank you OldPossum and massive congratulations to you for your success in the blindfold run -now that really is impressive!! 👏👏👏👏👏

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Whoo hoo AncientMum.. that is fantastic well done.😄 Totally agree the people on here posting their acheivements and stories are an inspiration and keep us all going with our personal running journeys.

You are one of the inspirational ones.😊x

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Thank you so much Jan, that's so kind of you x

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Well done. That is some journey you have been on - broken ankle and all.

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Cheers m'dear. It's been a longer journey than many people's, that's so true. Thank you for all your encouragement and sound advice along the way :)

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Aah what a lovely post AM! you have had to start again from scratch walking and then running so its fantastic to hear you've reached a big 10k goal! :) You are a lovely lady and a good friend, and i can't wait to see you there with a 10k bling photo, go find a race before the year is out!!! :)

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Ah Ali, lovely Ali, you've been a massive inspiration to me with the astonishingly difficult runs that you tackle with such enthusiasm. I haven't been to the IOW for about 15 years, but my lasting memory is of all the massive hills, and trying to propel my children along when the gradients got too much for small legs. You run up them with alacrity and then write such entertaining posts about how much fun you had. Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement over the years xx

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Thats kind of you AM! rest assured i don't always feel enthusiastic (!!!)but do like the challenge our hills bring!! :) I didn't realise you had been over here!

its lovely to have made such nice friends as you on here, and long may it continue :)

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Congratulations on your 10k - you are quite right to feel proud! Yes, I agree everyone on this forum are so wonderful :)

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Thank you Sue. This is definitely the best place on the whole internet :)

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Whoop whoop AM! That's brilliant 🎉🤗👏 You've been through so much and spent so long on the old IC that your achievement is bl**dy brilliant! I'm really chuffed for you. Of course, we always knew you'd do it because your perseverance knows no bounds.

And thank you so much for mentioning me. That's a very lovely thing to do and it's been a real pleasure being with you on this ride 🙂 x

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Cheers m'dear, you're too kind. xx

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Woohoo that's brilliant on Your 10km, I know its been tough getting there. Thank you for the mention. I love the fact I get to come along on all these wonderful journeys. Happy running rfc x.

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Thank you RFC. It's so true, we get to share in so many life changing stories on here. There's no place quite like it x

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Wow! 10k that's brilliant! Congratulations! It's a very supportive forum isn't it, and it really has helped.

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Thank you Von :)

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Ah, my running twin, massive congratulations! You did it! Really great post, this forum is something else isn't it?

Me next to get back to 10K xx

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Ah running twin, thank you. You'll be knocking spots off me again in no time. Looking forward to reading your10 mile journey. Suspect I better come up to Cambridge to run with you soon before you disappear off into the distance again xx

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Lol, it will be at least April, depending on my health stuff - maybe we could meet half way?

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Woop woop woop! Yay you go girl! Wonderful news. Well done 🖒😆 xx

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Thank you lovely running chum xx

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Oh Carrie, I am so sorry, I have just seen this post .

Ah thank you so much for my mention ! Yes ,I remember we all started around the same time . You were such a fantastic support to me then as you are today and I am so proud to consider you one of my very closest running chums on here xxx

Many Congratulations on reaching the dizzy heights of 10k , it is a fantastic achievement and you should be sooo proud of yourself, especially when you have had so many setbacks regarding injuries . You have never even given up, and that shows true grit and determination .

You are such a important part of this forum and long may it continue. Always so supportive , encouraging and a very wise lady too .

Take a bow Epic Mum, you rock Missus ! :-) xxx

PS. Have you requested your 10k Badge ? xxx

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Aww thank you Sweetie, that's such a lovely thing to say. We are indeed old (but not in a chronological way) running chums and your support and encouragement have been so important to me, and your success has been a massive inspiration.

I'll take a bow if you do too. xxx

Whoops can't remember if I requested my 10k badge, I've been too busy responding to the lovely comments on here xxx

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A BIG WELL DONE to you AM, from another slow reader, for perseverance and patience in getting to that 10k target, via so many ups and downs. As for being a giant.... you've obviously never met me. But we can all feel like giants when we have the support of this community and you have been a brilliant supplier of encouragement, consolation and humour, which I am sure has bolstered many on their running journey.

Long may we keep running and keep smiling.

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Aww cheers m'dear. 😄🏃‍♀️😄🏃‍♀️

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