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Virtual Vitality 10000 South Branch!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

I’ve been home all of 20 minutes and couldn’t resist posting about our fabulous morning! Wide awake at 4:10am (5:10 in old money), waited as long as I could to get up, then couldn’t resist and got up for a cuppa and some avocado (because someone had eaten the last banana 😩).

Left at 6am and pointed my car towards Southsea, where it’s been many times before. Met my “old” running buddies Dexy5, UpTheStanley, Oldgirlruns and Wimborne in the car park, and was delighted to meet linda9389 for the first time. We converse a lot on here and Strava, but it’s not the same as meeting in person. 🥰

I opted to run with Dexy - we’re a similar pace and being with her would guarantee I wouldn’t get lost! It wasn’t a straight out and back thanks to UTS’s careful course planning. 😀

We had all weather except snow! I enjoyed the elements and found the headwind nice and cooling. I also earned a nice haul of Strava bling and a 2nd fastest 10k time - 1:13:53. Cruelly my Garmin didn’t buzz 10k until 0.04k past the “finish line”! 😩

We had the compulsory photo op on the prom, trying to be socially distant, then settled in for a delicious and very welcome breakfast. Yum, we deserved it!

So glad that our matching buddies had fun on their VV10000 Midlands run - TailChaser, Katnap, Sandie1961, Shake-and-run and Windoze. We were supposed to have run together in one big group, but we all know why that couldn’t happen. 🙁 Also running “with” us was our lone VRB Beachcomber66 oop North! 🏃‍♂️👊

Now I’m looking forward to my bling. 🏅❤️

What a lovely day. 🥰

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AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles

What a lovely photo of all of you CC, all the matching buddies would also have a great run as well.

That was a excellent idea from UTS on planning your 10K course so that you all met at the end for your well deserved breakfast in the same place that you meet after the Saturday morning 5K parkrun, congratulations to all in that photograph 👍 😊 🏃🏾.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al, yes he painstakingly planned it and we had detailed instructions to follow! 😀

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

UTS should apply for the post of organising the next Great South Run.

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to AlMorr

Hi to you all at Portsmouth, just heard the news that there is a lot of drama happening on a large ship about 10 miles out at sea from Portsmouth.

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyHalf Marathon in reply to AlMorr

Yep sounds like the Navy’s been doing its stuff! Regarding your previous post, I think the GSR’s got its act together reasonably well over the last 20 years, but I could probably tweak it a bit 😀

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to UpTheStanley

I’m sure you could UTS! 🤣

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon

Hey cheeky, looks like you've had a wonderful time there! It was so nice wasn't it? You've just reminded me...must send off for the bling...😍 Congrats on your time too! 👏👏👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC, it was just like the old days, meeting up for PRs wasn’t it, just not so many of us. Those days will return and I can’t wait! 🥰

Yes I was pleased with my time. Yours was amazing! 💥💥💥

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was and they will, and it wasn’t that long ago, we’ve just all been through a lot.

Love races, they bring out the best in our running 💪🏅👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

You’re so right. For me it’s the shallow lure of the bling that does it! 🏅🥰

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

I know. We’ll need another medal rack when these come through 🤣

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles

Isn’t that strange? My Garmin said 3 seconds less and we definitely crossed that finish line together. I have video to prove it. Maybe I did more manoeuvres around dogs and people!

Thanks for your company along the 10k ‘ and for getting up so early to join us.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Who knows the secrets of the Garmin satellites Dexy! Doesn’t matter, we both ran well. 😀 I was happy with my 2nd fastest 10k.

I had such a great time today! 🥰

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

Me too.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

🥰

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

.... and the t-shirt, don't forget the t-shirt!!!

Lovely to meet you and glad you made it home in one piece 😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Oooh yes, of course the teeshirt too Linda! We’ll be looking forward to our goodies. 😍 I’ll be needing a more robust bling holder at this rate. Santa time soon! 😅

Looking forward to December now! 👏👏

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to linda9389

I hope you like the T-shirt Linda, or your sons will be getting another one.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

I checked - unisex!!! I ordered small so it won't fit my guys either

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Smart move! 🤣

Well done to you all down south (and one runner up north). It was fabulous to feel part of a big event even though I was pounding tarmac on my own. Such fun xx

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Shake-and-run

You too S&R - yes it does feel great to be part of something bigger doesn’t it? Imagine doing the real thing ...... are you going to take part if it goes ahead next year? Lots of us are (or at least hope to) 🤞! 😀

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Love the pic cheeky; I fancy I could hear excited squeals as I ran along! Hopefully I can meet you all before I am past running!!! I think we all did well in the conditions....and anyway, it is all about her apres run!! Lovely post.🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Haha thanks BC! Yes there was lots of excitement to be had! 😅😅

I secretly enjoyed the conditions - I just can’t deal with the heat and today certainly wasn’t too hot.

I really hope we can all meet up together eventually. Now that will be exciting! 👏👏👏

Hip hip hooray 👏🏅👍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thanks Baddie, it was brilliant! 🥰

GTFC
GTFCMarathon

👏👏👏👏

Well done you!! Brilliant time and I love how your happiness radiates through the post!

All the weathers greeted you and you came through it with bling galore! Ooooooh, you'll have a terrific evening warm and hopefully with a celebratory drink 🍸 😀

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to GTFC

Thanks GTFC, I’m a happy sort anyway, but running - and meeting ARBs makes me even happier! We had a wonderful day and can’t wait to do it again. 😀

SmilingTortoise1
SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

Well done all 👏👏👏

It sounds like you had a lovely time in spite of this morning's nutty weather. Hope you enjoy your bling and t-shirt when it arrives. That is a fabulous photo 😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Thanks ST - I didn’t realise exactly how shocking my hair looked in that photo! 😅 It was mighty windy in parts! 💨💨💨

Katnap
KatnapHalf Marathon

A great time for the conditions cheeky!

🎃🙀 Spooky Katnap 🙀🎃

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Katnap

Thanks Spooky (I like your thematic name Katnap!) It was brilliant and it sounds like you guys had a hoot too! 🥰🥰

Katnap
KatnapHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Wooooooo!!!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Katnap

Yikes .... 👻 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Love how you guys all get together and run! Congratulations to all of you on that blustery 10k run!🌟👌👏👏🍁xxx

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Bluebirdrunner

The class of 2018 had a special time on the C25k forum, and real friendships have been made.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Yep, that’s true! 🥰

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Oh yes it’s wonderful BBR. All thanks to these forums - and PR! We loved it. 😀

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Great work, CC. Nice photo too. Sounds like a good day all round.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

Thank you Stephen, yep it sure was a good day! Breakfast helped too of course! 😋

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon

Lovely group photo Cheeky! Well done to all of you - and especially on your time!👏👏😀🏅

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Sandraj39

Thanks so much Sandra! I was very pleased with my time and it helps now that I’ve found the “Finish Time” feature on my Garmin. So much so that I’m sure Dexy5 had quite enough of me calling out our predicted finish time every few minutes on our run! 😅 Sorry Dexy!😅

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

You’ve now got me wondering whether my 35 can do this. Who knew?

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Can it Dexy5? It’s a game changer as far as I’m concerned (did you guess? 😅)

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

I don’t think my watch does it cheeky. Is it in run mode settings?

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Yes Dexy5. In run mode I go into menu, scroll to training, and then finish time.

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

No, I can just set a pace and it will beep off I run faster or slower. I might try that to see if I can be more consistent on a short run. Now you know why you went for the better version. Mind you , I’ve got a Stanley who tells me the same as your watch! 🤣🤣

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

I suspect UTS can provide more stats than any Garmin! 🤣

Cantstopmenow
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon

Congratulations on a great run. It sounds like you've all had a fabulous time together. It's extra special to be able to meet in these difficult times. Well done everyone 👏👏👏🌟

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Cantstopmenow

Thanks CSMN, yes, special is the word. We used to meet regularly, but it’s been nearly a year since our last meetup. Way too long. 😩

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

What a gorgeous photo of all you lovely runners 🥰 and how brilliant is it to meet up in real life!

Well done everyone, whoop whoop 🏅🎈🎉👍 And Munks, big congratulations on your time 💪🏃‍♀️🙂 it just shows what avocado can do. But... did you find out who ate the last banana... 🤔 I mean, how could they?

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IP, I’m just sooooo relieved further restrictions didn’t prevent today from happening (now keeping things crossed for December ..... 🤞🤞)

I know right, the sheer audacity of it. Nobody has fessed up about the banana. Probably the same person who took the last of the milk ..... 🙄🙄🙄

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

That’s what happens when the kids move back home!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Yep. And funny how they “forget” to replenish supplies! 🙄

Perfect, our weather was wild this morning and i thought of you all running

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to WillowandSola

Yes it was perfect W&S, thanks! It could have been a lot worse. We we’re having breakfast and a mahoosive squall came through rattling the roof - now that would have been interesting to run in! 😳💨💨 💦 💦 😳

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon

Isn’t it amazing just how ridiculously excited we all were about meeting up (or maybe not 😜) I am so glad we were still able to get together in gangs of 6 even if it wasn’t quite what we wanted. I feel doubly thrilled that I was able to join the Southsea crew a couple of weeks ago for a (not) parkrun when Mr S and I were down on the south coast 😊😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Sandie1961

Oh gosh yes Sandie1961, it was like Christmas Eve for me yesterday! I’m just so relieved no further restrictions came into place before we could all do it. Imagine the mass disappointment .... 😩😩

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

I know. It would have been unbearable!

JonathanP
JonathanP10 Miles

Lovely to see you back in Southsea again Cheeky - even if I couldn't be there in person!👍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to JonathanP

Aww thanks Jonathan! Next time there’s a meet-up afoot it would be lovely to see you again too! 😄

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon

Great running cheekychipmunks. Your day went so well. Well done👏👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy, yes it was fantastic and we all had a wonderful time! 😄😄

You all look amazing!! Well done Cheeky & The VRB’s!! 🤩🤩🤩❤️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fab, it was so much fun! 🎉🎉🎉

Fun!!....🤩🤩🤩...Music to my ears!! Well done Cheeky!! 🤗❤️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Fabulous450

Yes it was so wonderful being back with VRBs again Fab. Socially distanced of course. 🥰

Well done for your acheivements. 👏👏👏👏👏 Thank you for you uplifting post. Positivity and fun, just what we all need xx. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🤣🤣

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Tillybeach

Aww thanks TB, and you’re very welcome - but I find it easy being upbeat and uplifting when it comes to running, especially on a day such as yesterday! 🥰

Raspberrypink
RaspberrypinkHalf Marathon

Well done on what looks and sounds like a great run and on your time . Win all round. With breakfast after too. So nice to here friends to run with 😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Raspberrypink

Ahh thank you RP! I’ve missed running with them all. I run by myself every time except races and our VRB meet-ups, so it was long overdue and so much fun. 👏😀

BrianUK
BrianUK10 Miles

Now that sounded like a lot of fun and a great day! 😀 Well done all on managing a group run of any sport at the moment. I’m slightly jealous tbh, Hopefully PR will be back before too long and we can all run with others again like before,

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to BrianUK

It was a ton of fun Brian, and we’re just thankful we were able to make it happen. Our original plan of all staying in London for the real thing in May was scuppered, then our plan B of one large group, so 2 groups it had to be, South and Midlands. I agree, PR can’t come back quickly enough! 🤞🤞

Brilliant post cheeky, I've come straight from reading Dexy's, I'm so chuffed for you all.

I think you deserve an extra medal for having to eat avocado at silly o'clock 🌌🌛🥑 😬🏅

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Aww thanks GOG! We really did have a blast. 🥰

And yes, lucky I don’t eat much before runs as a rule because there was nothing! 🤣

😱😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to grumpyoldgirl

The joys of all my grown up kids being back at home! 🤣

Over62
Over62Half Marathon

What a great time for you all, fabulous photo too! Enjoy the bling👍👏🏅

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Over62

Thanks Over62! I can’t wait for the bling to arrive - it was the thought of that which spurred me over the line! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏅

Great work Southsea posse!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Blackberrypie

Thanks BBP, it was awesome and we all had a hoot! 😀🥰

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thanks so much roseabi! It’s such a wonderful group of people and we were so relieved we could make it happen yesterday. ❤️

skysue16
skysue1610 Miles

How wonderful to be able to meet up with other folk 😀 Maybe I will be able to join you sometime.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to skysue16

Oh yes SS, that would be fantastic! 🥰 It felt almost like the old days being able to meet the others, even if we were socially distant. ❤️

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