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Jo Blogs: Eastham Park

Great evening for a run round Eastham country park ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ

33 runners gathered and were given the usual briefing of ..staying together๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ ….staying with someone who knew where they were going..problem was ‘did anyone actually know where they were going?’ Or were they making it up along the way?’

Not going down any paths on their own..in case they got lost..like so many have before ๐Ÿ˜• 18 men 15 ladies ….2 having already run from the village hotel to Eastham !!๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ just a little warm up ?? Set off into the woods. ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒThis run is harder than you think ๐Ÿ’ช ..at least if you run uphill you do get to run downhill. ๐Ÿ˜Š

It wasn’t long before individuals and groups were running in various directions โ†—โ†–โคดโคต and crossing paths.

We were lucky to have VRR marshals at different points thanks to Jenny, Sharon, Linda and Alistair for sending us in the right direction ๐Ÿ˜†.

Grandad Dave did his usual running commentary ๐Ÿ™‰ of how lucky we are to have such great places to run…with great views etc etc …why would you run down a road when you can run here?

Dave is right though the park is made for running ..the paths are well maintained, tonight the ground was just right,, the light was shining through the trees ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒณ ..making it a perfect summer evening run.

Judging by the varying times โŒšrunners arrived back is an indication of how many different routes / distances you can take …thankfully no one got lost.. all home safely …

Well done Freya ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ whose name was drawn to win the holiday ๐ŸŒž ๐Ÿ‘™๐ŸŠ (courtesy of Alejandra) for taking part in the charity run/walk last weekend๐Ÿ˜„.

Then it was over the road for drinks ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป at ‘the Tap’..lots of banter, laughs and crisps to end yet another great Summer run..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Holiday winner!

Congratulations to Freya who won the holiday!

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*******STOP PRESS*******

Ian’s name was pulled out as the winner of the draw on Tuesday but having already booked several holidays over the coming year, he feels he hasnโ€™t got time for another. He was delighted to have won but is now reluctantly declining SO THERE WILL BE A SECOND DRAW TONIGHT AFTER THE RUN!

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป

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Competition time!

A bottle is Prosecco is up for grabs here! Dave has set a challenge after a comment by Neil last night.

Whatโ€™s the average age of affiliated VRR runners? Answer in years and months.

Whoever gets the correct – or nearest- answer to Dave by next Tuesdayโ€™s run wins the prize!

GOOD LUCK!

๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿค”

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Charity draw winner!

Following further donations from VRR members, the current total raised from Saturdayโ€™s event is ยฃ409. After last nightโ€™s run, the draw was made by Alejandra for a weekโ€™s stay in her Tenerife apartment and the winner is Ian Hayhoe. As he wasnโ€™t present, Tony called him this morning and reports he sounded delighted to have won! Congratulations to him!

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Charity event follow up

The final total from the collection from the charity run was ยฃ369. Thank you to all who so generously donated. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปAnyone who ran will have their name put in the draw for a weekโ€™s apartment stay in north Tenerife- this will be drawn after Tuesdayโ€™s run. If you ran but donโ€™t want your name in the hat please message me. Thank you!

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Message – nay, essay!- from Dave

Today was one of those days when we realise what a great club weโ€™re all part of. To give up so much time and money to help others should make us all very proud. Sometimes we need to shout from the rooftops what a great club we are. Thanks to you all!

Runners: Jennifer Keenan, Freya Evangeline, Carolyn Brennan, Trish Monks, Emma Evans, Wendy Walsh, Sandra Riley, Jackie Allison, Neil Plested, Tony Clixby, Phil Allison, John Brown, Paul Napier, Steve Leslie, Brian Seal, Ian Evans, Ian Hayhoe, Dave Leece, Mark Critchley, Dave Goodall, Raul Mur, Jack Kiley, Garry Swaby and a special mention to the youngest participant, Charlotte Swaby. 24 runners in total.

In addition to the runners who donated to the dementia cause, thanks for the generous donations from Barry Cottier, Elizabeth Parry, John Milward, Sue Hadley and a host of friends.

Thanks also to Sharon Clixby for all of the messages I kept asking to be sent, and herself and Jennie Brown and Wendy Walsh for providing a taxi service to get runners back from the finish!

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The Dementia Charity Event

Sorry park run ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธbut you can wait another weekend – today is something special: an organised run, walk, bit of both, whatever was chosen to do all in aid of a great charity thatโ€™s close to many people’s hearts ๐Ÿ’• The original route started from Oaklands care home in Bromborough, the runners starting from there mistaking it for the Royal Oak pub ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ˜‰, my kind of start ๐Ÿ˜‚ but 26 runners had gathered at the Village Hotel ๐Ÿจ to set off on our journey, a two mile ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ to Rock Ferry and the first care home , offerings of tea, fruit ๐ŸŒโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿช and biscuits and a bit of socialising with the residents before we headed off down the A41 past Lairds, where we saw Boaty McBoatface ๐Ÿšข, sorry David Attenborough, but boaty does sound more fun! On to Woodside and a run along the riverbank, yes…we saw ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™€๏ธ โ›ด๐Ÿ›ณ๐Ÿ›ฅ, loads of f๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌg boats, though. Sandra Riley gave us a bit of a short cut by following the cycle route ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ, though we did get a bit of directional confusion. Humoured, we will now refer to poor Sandra as โ€œsat nav Sandra โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‚ But in fairness, we arrived at Seacombe pretty much in the time we predicted and after a mile run on the promenade, we were at our next destination and by this time some of the more veteran amongst us were probably contemplating booking a room. The residents offered ๐Ÿฅ“๐ŸŒญโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฅคa smorgasbord of sausage and bacon butties: they went down a treat, though it might have been a calorie or two put back on eh Jack Kiley ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. This was the end of the line for the majority of the gang, great efforts put in ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ but some of us wanted more ๐Ÿ˜ณ A group carried on to Moreton calling in at another home, the rest of us took on the Liscard to Upton challenge, great to start off with, downhill… but then, you have to pass Bidston…and that is BIG big uphill ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜… By the time we tackled that endurance we were sweating more than the sausages and bacon that were on the grill, but Grandad Dave is a great motivator, kept us going and reaching Upton we still had that last bit of energy to get us to the final port of call, we The Alejandra Charity Event.

Sorry park run ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธbut you can wait another weekend, today is something special, an organised run, walk, bit of both, whatever was chosen to do all in aid of a great charity thatโ€™s close to many peoples hearts ๐Ÿ’•, the original route started from Oaklandโ€™s care home in Bromborough, the runners starting from there mistaking it for the Royal Oak pub ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ˜‰, my kind of start ๐Ÿ˜‚ but 26 runners had gathered at the Village Hotel ๐Ÿจ to set off on our journey, a two mile ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ to Rock Ferry and the first care home , offerings of tea, fruit ๐ŸŒโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿช and biscuits and a bit of socialising with the residents before we headed off down the A41 past lairds, saw Boaty McBoatface ๐Ÿšข, sorry David Attenborough, but boaty does sound more fun, onto Woodside and a run along the riverbank, yes…we saw ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™€๏ธ โ›ด๐Ÿ›ณ๐Ÿ›ฅ, loads of f๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌg boats, though and Sandra Riley gave us a bit of a short cut by following the cycle route ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ, though we did get a bit of directional confusion, humoured,we will now refer poor Sandra as โ€œsat nav Sandra โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‚, but in fairness we arrived at Seacombe pretty much in the timeline we predicted, a mile run on the promenade and we were at our next destination, by this time some of the more veteran amongst us were probably contemplating booking a room, the residents offered ๐Ÿฅ“๐ŸŒญโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฅคa smorgasbord of sausage and bacon butties, they went down a treat, though it might have been a calorie or two put back on eh Jack Kiley ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. This was the end of the line for the majority of the gang, great efforts put in ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ but some of us wanted more ๐Ÿ˜ณ a group carried on to Moreton calling in at another home, the rest of us took on the Liscard to Upton challenge, great to start off with, downhill… but then, you have to pass Bidston…and that is BIG big uphill ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜… by the time we tackled that endurance we were sweating more than the sausages and bacon that were on the grill, but Grandad Dave is a great motivator, kept us going and reaching Upton we still had that last bit of energy to get us to the final port of call. We were all needing a room by then ๐Ÿ˜‚ Again, refreshments were laid on. Special mention too for those who played ๐Ÿš– so most of the runners could complete the full distance, and ferry them back home for a much needed afternoon snooze ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ’ค… we’re going back to Upton later for a little party ๐ŸŽ‰ disco Dave Leece will have us all rocking to the classsics…sweeeeeet Caroline bah,bah,bah.๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŽค. We had a great time and raised some good money ๐Ÿ’ฐ for a great cause ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

John Brown

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VRR charity run 2019

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Delamere adventure

The Delamere Run… Yes weโ€™re going on a bear hunt ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป but all that was there were the 17 eager runners ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธand the doggy ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ crรจche walkers gathered for this annual pilgrimage into the Cheshire woodland ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ. Split into two events, those who like the seven mile white route, and those who prefer the gentle four miles round the Great Lake..ably led by grandad Dave so we wouldnโ€™t get lost. We put our trust in a man who couldnโ€™t find his car keys ๐Ÿ”‘๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰ but we never got lost. We did turn back though after the dog walkers shrieked, โ€œCome back – Neil Plested has just arrived! โ€œ We couldnโ€™t leave a man behind because folklore has it that thereโ€™s apes ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿต and cheeky monkeys in the woods and we had to stick together. In a scene reminiscent of the railway children, we all waved at a passing train as it passed below us, ๐Ÿš‚ tooting itโ€™s horn in appreciation. The run round the lake was great, the noise from all the wading birds ๐Ÿฆข๐Ÿค๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿง guiding us in the right direction. It was like a rain forest in there: very humid, still air being a breeding ground for the mosquitoes ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ Ankles bitten, we completed a steady four miles and were ready for a traditional picnic ๐Ÿงบ๐Ÿบ๐ŸฅŸ๐Ÿฅฎ๐Ÿฅช๐Ÿ— but right on cue ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง torrential rain had us scurrying back to our cars ๐Ÿš— ๐Ÿš™๐ŸŽ, though some did use the waiting room on the station platform as a makeshift restaurant. Shame the rain never held off for another hour – it would have been a fine ending to a very pleasant run on the summer calendar.

Johnnyboy Brown

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