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Quietly triumphant!

Quietly triumphant!

Well that's it... I've done it! I suppose I was expecting an emotional response like I got on W5 R3 but it was almost an anticlimax.

However I am very proud of myself for sticking with the programme, for not letting lethargy, laziness or any of the usual gremlins sway me from my determination, from my commitment to myself to believe in myself enough to just do it!

I feel so much fitter than when I started. My journey really started last year when we started cycling in April. I've lost over 20lbs, I've dropped a jeans size and it's staying off. I now own the tightest lycra I've ever owned and wear it with pride in my abilities and my determination.

I feel better about my body and mind.

This programme is just amazing as are all of you lovely supportive people.

I wish you all happy days and happy runs. 😁🤗

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Well, we did warn you...........

Get fit, feel happy.............sounds so corny but is so true.

Congratulations on your graduation, fellow runner.

Have you read the guide to post C25k running yet? healthunlocked.com/couchto5...…….what-next

Keep running, keep smiling.

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So very true. Yes, thanks I've been reading the links for following on. I'm going to keep doing 30 min runs for now and go from there. Thanks for all your advice and posts 👍🤗

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Well done you

Happy running

🏃🏃🏃

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Thank you! Won't be too long and you'll be here too 👍😁

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Yes can't wait thank u xx

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Wooohooo! Very well done- what a journey! 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏😄

... and this is just the beginning, lots more to do. Lay your plans for the next part of your running adventure and enjoy! 😄

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Thank you! Yes I'm already planning how to manage my new runs! 👌😁

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Huge, huge congratulations...you have done wonderfully.

I am so pleased that you have felt and have achieved so many benefits from this... and the best bit? This is just the beginning...and the next best bit... we will be right here with you :)

Anticlimax, be blowed.. I am raising a glass to you right now..head to that podium.. the badge and party time await :)

WELL DONE!!!!

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Thank you! I'm looking forward to my running future 👍😁🌟

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Yay JoJo. Way to go 💪🏼💪🏼.

I ‘graduated’ on Wednesday and felt rather ‘meh’ about the whole thing, but today I had a fantastic run and have just returned from a Lidl trip to stick up on the old Lycra 🙈🙈.

Congratulations!!!!

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Thank you! Yes, I bought 2 leggings last night from Lidl! I wore them today. 😂😂

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I am now developing a whole new vocabulary when it comes to retail therapy - performance top, functional mesh inserts, moisture wicking 😩😂😩😂😩

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And don't forget about gusseted leggings or capris if you plan to run commando (you'll only make that mistake once 😬). Although I think a link someone posted awhile back indicated that it might be more of a North American trend to do that 🙋🇨🇦😂, and for me it is NOT a winter thing. I need as many layers as I can to prevent numb bum from running in the cold.

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😲😲😲😂😂😂😂😂

Oh no!!! No, no, no!! That's a good giggle though! 😁

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I had no idea that was a thing even 😱😂

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A few years ago when I was running with a friend who was training for longer distances, she told me about it. It can help prevent chafing and with the right gear is surprisingly comfortable. The first time I tried it though, my capris were NOT gusseted. Not comfortable, very awkward and never to be done again with those capris. When running in really warm temps, with the right leggings, it is comfortable and freeing 😆...and no chafing 😆. TMI, I know, but don't knock it 'till you try it 😁

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...off to check gussets ... 🙊

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I'm determined to convert someone 😂😂😂

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I get it. It's very much the thing with cycling. Having suffered a couple of bad chafing episodes myself I would consider it for serious distance running I guess.... but not for 30 min runs 😂😂

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She was training for a HM and then we ended up signing up and doing a full walking marathon. Now I'm training for a HM but even if I wasn't, I can't go back 😆

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I'll bear that in mind before I try!! 😂🤣😂

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CitizenP "...off to check gussets ... 🙊"

^^ Phrases you never thought you'd utter... LOL

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Gusset update!!

2 pairs of running leggings/tights owned.

1 x without

1x with 1/2 a gusset (triangle rather that diamond)

You can all sleep easy now 😩😂🙈

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😲🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🙈

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My kneejerk reaction is Hell No... But on reflection, given I wear the biggest knickers to run in as I can't abide any kind of riding up, the option between gusseted nothing or small knickers, I'm probably gonna be better commando?!? I'll store that nugget for emergencies LOL.

Lovely though the patterned Lidl ones are - I'm thinking they would be VAL* as opposed to VPL if worn commando! :P

*Visible Arse Line

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😂

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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Yes, they are a tad thin. But on the up side... very cooling!! I did find more breeze today 😂🤣😂🤣😂

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What you wore both pairs today ?

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Haha! No, only one. I bought a plain pair and a patterned pair. I wore the plain ones. The patterned ones seem a tad shorter. Didn't want cold ankles. Bargain at 5.99 each! 👍😉

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I bought a couple of pairs too black pair and the patterned ones 😂 we’ll be able to spot the C25K runners 😂

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Brilliant!! 👍😂😂😂

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:D I think there are going to be a lot of "twins" out there. (And that misswobble will wish there was some kind of affiliate code - well I ended up there thanks to her anyway!)

Well, I'll probably join you ladies a bit later, it's waaaay too cold up here for me to be outside in those tights just yet (please note the attempt to sound like a real runner by calling them "tights", whilst giggling inside because that still conjures up utterly weird pictures... Nah, I'm gonna stick with "leggings" :P )

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I know!! Tights just makes me think of thick woolly winter tights 😂🤣😂

The best bit by far is we both have bib tights now for cold weather cycling!!! I won mine in a competition and his were a prize for a race I won but they gave out mens gear!! 😂🤣😂🤣😂

"Leggings" soooo much better! 😉

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Haha that’s made me laugh 😂 tights makes me think of Black Adder 😂😂

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I bought new top xx

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Me too - in fact two new tops and a bra ... and some fairy light balls 🙈

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I want a pic of you wearing the fairy lights!! 😂🤣😂🤣😂

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😂😂😂

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CitizenP, GoGo_JoJo you need to have a word with rolysmate healthunlocked.com/couchto5... :D

I'm totally going full Christmas tree next chrimbo! I actually already run with those dog collars that look like blue glowsticks wrapped around my arms and clip lights on my trainers (you can see them in my profile pic).

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good to be seen lol

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I almost bought the matching top but I prefer brighter colours on the top half. Was very tempting!

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Congratulations. C25K really is amazing for body and mind isn’t it.

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It really is. The mental side is surprising but almost bigger. Its harder to beat those gremlins than to keep the legs going at times. Thank you 🤗

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Well done and congratulations Jo! 🎊🥂

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Thank you! You're on your way yourself... won't be long till you're here too 👍😁

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Brilliant! Well done to you. Happy running 👍🏃🏽‍♀️🏅

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Thank you! 👍🤗

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Congratulations! You should feel so proud of all you have achieved 😊☺️🍾

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Thank you! Yes I am very proud. I was often told in my youth that I never finished things so I shouldn't start... I understand now much of that was actually gas lighting by a narcissistic mother but it is really nice to complete the programme, even knowing I'm not going to stop after either. I've printed my certificate and it's going on the fridge! 👍😁🏅

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I love that! If you want to make the fridge more portable don't know if you've seen these: c25kgraduatebadge.co.uk/C25...

completerunner-online.com/s...

I was soooo planning on getting the actual badge, then realised the *small* flaw that since only 3 people in "real life" know I've been running that I'd be "outing" myself!!! :O (I'm weird I know :D )

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I have seen that. I did consider it however I couldn't think when I'd display it. I have a uniform at work. Could wear it running I suppose but I don't really see anyone I know. It is such a personal thing too. I may yet get one... still undecided 😁

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Well done Go-Go _JoJo you did it then 🤣 😆

How good are you 👍🏻 I am chuffed to bits for you 😉 this girl can certainly run ,

Keep up the good work onwards and upwards girl 😘 congratulations 🎉🎊🏆🏅

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Thank you Jen! I'm looking behind me... You're not far behind!!😂😁👍 I'll be waiting at your finish line🏅

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4 More runs ... 🙏🤞

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Well done JoJo !!! You’ve done it. Congratulations. Enjoy the rest of your running journey😀

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Thank you! I'm really going to do this running thing! (It's still sinking in!!) 😂👍

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Absolutely brilliant well done. 😊

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Thank you! I'm feeling pretty pleased 😁

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So you should be! 😀

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Whoop whoop 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

Well done GoGo_JoJo 😊 Congratulations on Graduating 👏👏👏

Definately something to make a song and dance about!🎊🎈🎓🍸🍹🌻🏃

Hop up on that podium for your badge..

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

You will need to log onto the nhs healthunlocked c25k website to see it, it doesn't show up on the app.

I know /hope you will continue posting with your continuing running journey, and carry on encouraging and and helping new runners the way you have been doing.

Enjoy your celebrations Graduate 😊xx

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Thank you!

Yes, I'm not planning on going anywhere. I'm watching so many others on their journeys, I want to help others get the most out of the programme and learn to believe in themselves along the way 👍😁🤗

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Your a good egg x

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Thanks Jen. I try. I was diagnosed as clinically depressed 10 years ago. In my fight with the dark side I have learned to be much kinder to myself and others. I'm far from perfect but I know my fight has made me a better person. 🤗

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Sounds as though you are keeping the dark side away ,

I wish you well on your journey whatever that will be for today tomorrow forever

Chin up Girl xxx No one is perfect and if they think they are they are lying 🤥😂

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Way to go!...erm...gogojo!..

You realise this makes us kind of twins?

Nice to have graduated on the same day as you and other runners

Notice the end word?...that’s what you are now.

A runner

X👍🏻💪🏻

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We are runners! Just read your last post...loved it! Amazing how much we can change our lives with a bit of determination!!

I'll confess... I never intended to become a runner...I just wanted comfy shoes!!! 😂🤣😂🤣😂

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A big congratulatory hug 🤗 to you - welcome to the podium (budge up everyone) room for another one 😆🏃‍♀️🎉👩‍🎓👏👏👏

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Thank you 🤗 there's plenty of room for everyone, that's the best part!! 👍😁

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Well done! And enough puff left at the end to sing too 🎶 🎵 😊

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😂😂😂 I was singing away... last tune during run phase was very apt! "Time to burn!" 👍😁

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Well done you. 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼

You deserve to be very very proud. X

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Thank you Jude! I'm holding the door for you...! 🏅👊😁

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Keep it wide open!! I’ll be there soooon!!!!!!

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Its been so lovely to ready your posts so keep letting us know whats happening. X you are a runner and its all just beginning XX

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Thank you Michele, yes I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. It is all beginning... I've become 2 things I never thought I would... a cyclist and a runner! Lots of lycra and neon tops... and I'm loving it!! 🤣🤣🤣🏃‍♀️😁🤗

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Wey hey! Well done! (I felt my graduation as a bit of an anticlimax too, but not to worry, I have had many exciting moments since!)

You have achieved so much. Be proud.

Happy running my dear! x

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Thank you! Ooh yes I'm expecting lots of memorable moments to come! 👍😁

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I had big ideas for my graduation ... Not sure if it will happen ?

Next week will be great I know that for a fact ,

Family come first 😊😘 in my book they do for sure 😊

I know I will still graduate before I am 58 😂😂😂she says

🤔🙄😯🙏🏻

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Be positive, you're still here so you can do it!

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Oh it will happen! You're doing great and almost there. You're stronger than you think 😉

Your family will be so impressed. 👍

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It's all been said - but CONGRATULATIONS!! You have done so well and been really inspirational to me in my attempt to do this programme. Keep running and posting!. Jo xxxx

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Thank you Jo 🤗 You're not so far behind, I'll be waiting at your finish line. I'm pleased if I've helped you on your journey at all. Us Joes must stick together!! 😉👍😁🤗

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Yes you really have helped, thank you so much. Look forward to meeting you at the finish line....xxx 🙂🙂

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Fantastic 🎉 congratulations on graduating 🙌

Happy running 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

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Thank you! You won't be far behind me👍💪👊😁

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Yay! Well done you. So pleased for the positive transformations too! :)

Must confess I was the same, R3 felt a bit of an anti-climax and I also had more of a reaction to W5R3. Of course you know my next W5R3-esque moment! (I'd like to thank the super moon for upping the ante with that one!) First week of post grad runs was pretty awesome though, so enjoy that!

Really glad I did the consolidating 30 min runs. Has just made everything afterwards seem "comfortable", which was NOT the word I was expecting! :D

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Woo hoo! Well done you!! Congratulations for persevering and making it happen!! You must be so proud!

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Very many congratulations.🌟👏👏

You have had a steadfast belief in the programme and yourself and have contributed so much unsellfishly.

Your a double graduate for me.🌟🌟

Keep posting and bringing your gems.👏👏💫

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Thank you! I'm going to try and be here to support as many as I can. I'm a convert! 😁

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Amazing you have a talent for it. It shines through.

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So Inspiring, Congratulations!

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Thank you! You're not far behind, see you on the podium soon! 👍😁

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Gogo jojo gogo jojo well done jojo, I hope I get to where you are now😆

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Thank you Steve. You'll get here, I have no doubt about that 👍😁

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10k, then half marathon then London marathon here you come😊

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😂🤣😂🤣😂 I see myself more like Forrest Gump... "I just felt like runnin"! 😁

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You had the vision and insight to get to the end and graduate, you are a strong willed woman. I would rather go for a 30 mile bike ride across the mountains behind my home than go for a 10 minute run. You got there well done chick. GOGO-JOJO

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That's funny... I've signed up for a 50km off road ride next week 😂🤣 I'm hoping my improved fitness will get me up those hills 😉👍

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That is some string to your bow.

That’s going to get you there too and the support from this forum. 👍👏👏

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GoGo_JoJo, well done!

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Thank you! 😁

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Oh well done!! I’m so impressed!! Congratulations :-))) I’m way behind you (week 6) but determined too, and your posts have helped keep me going. Enjoy all that vigour and fitness!!

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Thank you! Not so far behind, you'll be here before you know it! 👍😁

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Congratulations and enjoy your post grad 30 minute runs 😄

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Thank you! I'm looking forward to them 😁👍

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Brilliant! Well done you👍

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Thank you! 🤗

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Congratulations Runner! :)

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Thank you! That's me! 👍👊😁

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Congratulations gogo_jojo that is brilliant x

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Thank you Martin! How are you getting on? 😁

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Still injured hoping to be back soon

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Aw, well take good care of yourself 👍 you'll soon be back.

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You have done it in amazing style..well done to you, enjoy your graduate glow & the rest of your running journey x

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Thank you! I'm looking forward to it 👍😁

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Well done Jojo. You've done really well and thanks for supporting me and giving me words of advice and encouragement! Good luck on your onward journey! 🏅🏃🏿‍♀️🏃🏿‍♀️🏃🏿‍♀️

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Thank you Chelsea. I'll be waiting at your finish line cheering you on! 👍👊😁

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Well done and congratulations 🎉🥂😁

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Thank you! I have fond memories of Ramsgate. You'll be here too soon 👍👊😁

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