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Not quite the real deal, but my Virtual Bath HM is in the bag. πŸ‘πŸ’¦πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ…

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
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I’ve thought of nothing else all this week. Will it go ahead or won’t it? Please cancel it. Ok - it’s not cancelled so what should I do? πŸ€”

My last post on here stated I’d decided to run it virtually, so that’s what I did this morning. The weather was - let me think for a moment - oh yes, appalling. πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦ But it wasn’t particularly cold so I ran in my charity t-shirt and wore my number as recommended by the FB group Virtual Bath Half. We’re hoping to still get our medals once we’ve sent proof of our runs! πŸ…πŸ‘

I freestyled my route. I suspect it was very similar to the Bristol Half Marathon route, but I really enjoyed it. My legs behaved and I lopped a respectable 18 or so minutes off my one and only other HM distance run back in September. πŸ‘

I came across loads of other Bath Half runners. ❀️ We all grinned and congratulated each other, and I even got an appreciative horn honk!

It was mighty wet but I didn’t get β€œgot” by any cars driving through the massive puddles! One poor fellow did. πŸ˜©πŸ’¦πŸ˜…

Anyway, HM done. Now to see what this week brings. Stay safe everyone. ❀️❀️

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Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon

Big well done cheeky Chip cracking HM πŸ‘πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Imc50

Thanks lmc, I’m so happy I did it. 😍

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Totally agree cheeky Chip it's a fantastic achievement πŸ‘πŸ‘

Katnap
KatnapHalf Marathon

πŸŽ‰πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done Cheeky!

🐱 Katnap 🐱

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Katnap

Thanks Katnap - I enjoyed my run this morning! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¦

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Whoops whoop Munks πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ…πŸ‘πŸ‘ that’s brilliant! And 18 minutes off! Fabulous work πŸ‘ Congratulations and well done especially in the weather, it was dire.

I really hope you get your Bath badge, it’s only fair. Your mum would be very proud, I’m sure x

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IP! ❀️ I surprised myself with how fresh my legs remained for the most part. πŸ˜€πŸ’¦πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Yes, I thought of Mum a LOT whilst running along. It definitely helped. ❀️❀️

So that's what a wet chipmunk looks like! 😁

Brilliant work in atrocious conditions, CC! And a pb to boot. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Yes GOG, a wet chipmunk indeed. I stopped caring the moment I stepped out of the car - and I was smart by not wearing any mascara. That would have resulted in a hybrid chipmunk/panda! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Ahh! cheeky , I feel so proud of you.

Fantastic achievement πŸ†πŸŽ–πŸ₯‡πŸŽ–πŸ†πŸ˜˜

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Jell6

Thank you Jell! ❀️ Hey, you’re posting on this forum now. Yay! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Not really cheeky, just so I could say well done to you πŸŽŠπŸ€—

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Jell6

Aww thank you so much! ❀️❀️

Congratulations on completing "The Virtual Bath Half Marathon" nice photo of you Cheekychipmunks, especially good considering the weather was nasty.

I wonder how the actual Bath HM went today.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to AlMorr

Thank you so much Al. Mission complete. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Apparently Bath’s numbers were way down, not surprisingly.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Absolutely brilliant CC...the never say die attitude of a true warrior and musketeer! Brilliant time too. You can look forward to next week now without having to worry about whether you should have run or not...apart from risk of exposure pneumonia etc etc 😊 . Huge ✊...@Dexy5 says that means respect...apologies if she is winding me up and it is actually something inappropriate πŸ˜‚ . πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ₯‡πŸ†

Run46
Run46Half Marathon
in reply to Beachcomber66

Lol BC, I really wish it meant something inappropriate πŸ˜‚, would have been so funny, but Dexy is right πŸ‘

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon
in reply to Run46

😰

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Run46

Me too Run46 - I have a wicked sense of humour! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Run46
Run46Half Marathon
in reply to cheekychipmunks

πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Beachcomber66

Hahahaha, yes Dexy5’s right, don’t worry. There is an inappropriate emoji which my kids send to each other which I find quite funny, but I wouldn’t post it on here! πŸ˜…

I thought of you today actually BC - I utilised my β€œdiesel engine” and chugged along happily and squelchily! πŸ˜…

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Turbo diesel now πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Beachcomber66

πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Run46
Run46Half Marathon

Oh Cheeky, bloody well done...I'm proud of you, standing there sopping wet and still managing a smile! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

Fabulous job, hope you get your medal, well deserved 😘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Run46

Thank you so much Run46! I seriously enjoyed that run today. Obviously it would have been way more fun with crowds and medals, but hey. ❀️

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

Fabulous Cheeky. A soggy end to an anxious week! You've done your mum proper proud. Congratulations on your PB too. Seems like around half the entrants didn't turn up to the official event - we weren't the only ones with doubts after all.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to linda9389

Gosh, yes it was an anxious week wasn’t it linda9389? I’m happy with my decision though, are you? πŸ˜€

Stay safe. ❀️

linda9389
linda9389Moderator
in reply to cheekychipmunks

I absolutely am. I haven't had even a flicker of regret. I think if we hadn't all been meeting up I might have made the choice sooner. It was a lot to give up. But we'll be back! We'll manage lunch one day 😍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to linda9389

My thoughts exactly Linda. I was so looking forward to the whole day. 😩 But there’ll be other chances to meet up won’t there? β€οΈπŸ˜€

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon
in reply to cheekychipmunks

I want to be there next time as well πŸ˜ƒ

linda9389
linda9389Moderator
in reply to Sandie1961

Brilliant! We just need to wait for a bit of normality to return!

linda9389
linda9389Moderator
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Definitely! As soon as life gets back to normal I'll be all over it!

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Congratulations, CC! That’s a huge achievement. Really pleased to hear you ran this on your own terms. You’re an inspiration to all of us!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Stephen_UK

Shucks Stephen_UK, that’s a lovely thing to say. Thank you! πŸ˜€

I have a particularly stubborn streak - ask my family - and that helps with my running no end! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Being stubborn can really help sometimes.

Hope you are having a good rest now.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Stephen_UK

It certainly can! πŸ˜€

I’m doing absolutely nothing this afternoon and Mr Cheeky is under orders to cook me a delicious supper! πŸ˜…

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatHalf Marathon

Great job cheeky! Huge kudos to you for running your HM on your own today in the rain!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks Sask! The weather is set to improve this week, but I wanted to do my run on β€œthe day”. Bit soggy, but it was fun. 😘

Very well done - many congratulations CC!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to ForbiddenPlanet

Thanks so much FP! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

tiggs1
tiggs1Metric Marathon

Well done, a really great alternative considering the situation and all credit to you considering how bad the weather was today :)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to tiggs1

Thanks tiggs1. I’m not sure I’d have braved that amount of rain in normal circumstances! πŸ˜…πŸ’¦πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Well done! πŸ₯‡

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Tkaye

Thanks Tkaye. πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Redcello41
Redcello41Half Marathon

Brilliant work, well done! πŸ˜ƒ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Redcello41

Thank you! How did you get on today Redcello41? ❀️

Redcello41
Redcello41Half Marathon
in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was amazing, can't believe I did it! More detailed post to follow soon! πŸ˜ƒ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Redcello41

Fantastic! Can’t wait to read all about it! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles

Congratulations cheeky, so glad that you weren't totally alone on your virtual HM. You so deserve that bling. I hope the organisers come up with the goods for you. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¦πŸ… you have shown amazing strength of character and your mum would have been so proud of you .😘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5. ❀️ Yes I hope they do the right thing and send all us virtual runners our medals. πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…

Mum was in my thoughts a lot this morning that’s for sure. No way was I not going to run for her. ❀️❀️

Above and beyond. Well done Cheeky! πŸ‘πŸ…πŸ’₯πŸ₯‚18 mins improvement is rather spectacular too πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thanks Baddie! The whole run felt good I must say. My training has clearly paid off a my legs didn’t go on strike like they often do at 13/14k! πŸ’ͺ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon

Fantastic run cheeky and 18 minutes off your previous time is absolutely gobsmacking! Your mum certainly would have been very proud of you. It’s hard doing it with all the razzmatazz but on your own is a real feat of endurance. Beware, long post coming from me when I get home this evening!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie1961! Running knowing I’d raised a good amount of money and with mum in my thoughts really spurred me on. The PB was an unexpected bonus! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Looking forward to your post very much! You’re a real superwoman! πŸ’ͺ

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

You are a superstar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to roseabi

Thanks so much roseabi! I’m happy I did it. ❀️

Oh massive congratulations Cheeky!! It’s great to see your smile! Well done you amazing lady!! You did it!! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½ ❀️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Fabulous450

Thank you Fabbo! It was empowering running along in the pouring rain, knowing so many people had sponsored me. I couldn’t let them, or my lovely late Mum, down. ❀️❀️❀️

Huge congratulations. A great hm time, a dazzling smile, and a lovely way to remember your mum. I was thinking of you when I was out running today. πŸ‘πŸŒŸπŸ’– x

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Cantstopmenow

Aww did you CSMN, that’s lovely - thank you so much! I really enjoyed it. ❀️

Decker
DeckerModerator

Well done Cheeky!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Decker

Thanks Decker! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Jazzyrunner
JazzyrunnerVirtual 10K

Well done, that’s fantastic - hope you get your beautiful medal too!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Jazzyrunner

Aww thanks you JR, I do too, as do all the hundreds of other virtual Bath Half runners. πŸ€žπŸ˜€

Jazzyrunner
JazzyrunnerVirtual 10K
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Looking forward to seeing it modelled in your next post! 🀞🏻

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Jazzyrunner

You’d better believe it JR! πŸ˜…

skysue16
skysue1610 Miles

Congratulations! Fantastic run πŸ‘πŸ˜€

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to skysue16

Thanks SS, it was fun. ❀️

Wow, that must have been so tough on your own, huge determination and gumption on show there cheeky!

Knowing Strava would have a record and that we were all thinking of you, and doing it for your mum must have helped a lot....but those were your legs and feet pounding out that run, I hope you feel really proud of yourself.

I do hope those medals are rewarded to you virtual runners, you totally deserve them.

Congratulations 😊⭐xxx

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Aww, yes BBR, the knowledge that loads of people were supporting all us solo runners was fantastic indeed. It certainly helped my little legs keep going! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

🀞 for our medals now. πŸ…

JonathanP
JonathanP10 Miles

Fantastic Cheeky - particularly in that weather! Hope you're enjoying your supper!πŸ‘πŸ˜‹

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to JonathanP

Oh I did thanks JonathanP! Really bad too - 2 large fish finger sandwich wraps with mayo, lettuce and gherkins! πŸ˜‹

JonathanP
JonathanP10 Miles
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yum!πŸ˜‹

backintime
backintime10 Miles

brilliant ccm - such an inspiration - you did it on your own terms, but all your training wasn't "wasted". I hope you get your medal, but even if you don't, you will always know you did it!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to backintime

Thanks BIT - yes I’d put in so much training to run the distance comfortably that I couldn’t let it go to waste even though Bath itself didn’t appeal to me - and thousands of others by all accounts. ❀️

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoMarathon

Fabulous, well done you! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻😁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you so much GoGo_JoJo! β€οΈπŸ˜€

Wow! Cheeky what a gutsy run from a gutsy lady! Superb running in horrible conditions. πŸ‘ x

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to lexi6

Thanks lexi6 - horrible conditions, but strangely I enjoyed every moment! πŸ˜…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¦

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyHalf Marathon

Great stuff Cheeky, New Forest HM in September then? Dexy signed up for 10k, I’m still undecided 🀫

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to UpTheStanley

Thanks UpTheStanley! Well I’ve already signed up for the Bristol HM in September 27th, so New Forest would be several thousand steps too far! Next year though ...... with both of you? πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€ž

SkiMonday
SkiMondayHalf Marathon

Really well done! Especially in that mucky weather! And smashing your PB as well! Awesome!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to SkiMonday

Thanks SkiMonday! It was mighty wet round these parts wasn’t it?! πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦ The PB was totally unexpected and a real bonus! πŸ’ͺπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

Richard7
Richard7Half Marathon

Well done CCM - good to see you made it πŸ‘. Looks like you knocked a huge time off your PB congratulations.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Richard7

I did, thanks Richard7! No idea how that PB happened. I was in the zone and kept trucking on! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon

Oh how did you manage to go out in that cheeky?! We waited until this pm to do our 10 miles. A very, very well done to you and absolutely brilliant that you can still get your bling πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to TailChaser

Haha, I guess my stubborn streak won out TC! I actually enjoyed the rain and it kept me lovely and cool! πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦

Windoze
WindozeHalf Marathon

Whoop! Go Cheeky!! Let's hope you get your medal! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸΎπŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸ˜ŽπŸ’₯

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Windoze

Thanks Windoze! There’s a huge FB group and we’ve all sent proof of our runs to the organisers - so they’d better send our πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ˜€

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Well done Cheeks! πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ…πŸ’πŸ°πŸ’¦πŸŒŠ

Shame about the lousy weather but we can’t always get what we want 😁

I am thinking of running the HM cancelled for Sunday. They say we can have our medal Ive not had my number yet but some have. I was planning on running the distance anyway as I’ve trained for it πŸ™‚

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to misswobble

Thanks MW, yes the weather wasn’t great, but somehow it felt quite nice and the rain hid the little tears I had whilst running along thinking of my mum. I was running in her memory and my charity was the Alzheimer’s Society. Those things spurred me on no end. πŸ’•

Enjoy your virtual run too. Great that you’ll get your medal. Bath has capitulated and has agreed to send us virtual runners our medals and tee shirts. πŸ‘πŸ˜€

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh bless you πŸ™‚. I think of my mum all the time. She had dementia too πŸ˜”

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to misswobble

πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

.Amazing cheeky well done

Looking slightly damp but very happy. πŸ™‚

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
in reply to Tinker5393

Haha yes Tiggs, damp was an understatement. But I’m so glad I did it! Thank you for your support. ❀️

Congratulations to you! Brilliant! So impressed with your running in the light of disappointment! 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŒŸ πŸ’₯⚑️ πŸƒπŸ»πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈApologies for delay, haven't had a moment to read posts.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Aww thanks over61. Massive disappointment indeed, but it didn’t feel right running the actual event, for me anyway. Still, I enjoyed my wet solo HM and Bath have agreed to send us virtual runners our bling and teeshirts in recognition of our efforts - yay! πŸ…

Stay safe! ❀️

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