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    Our Pics From AJ Bell London Triathlon

    Nothing compares to the feeling of accomplishment you get when you do something that’s frightening! It wasn’t the swimming outside that bothered me in the AJ Bell London triathlon, as weird as that sounds, and it wasn’t the 10km run despite a nagging calf injury. I hadn’t been on a bike since I was 11 years old after a nasty childhood crash and until 3 months ago I was petrified of riding a bike.

    Therefore when I crossed the finish line at the AJ Bell London triathlon, it made me appreciate the power of human will and determination. I must have been one of the slowest cyclists ever, taking 1 hr 50 mins for a 40km course (an avearage of 12mph) but I finished without accidents to myself or others. And for me, that was an accomplishment.

    If you’re considering a triathlon, let me talk you through why you should do London before any others:

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    (1) 13,000 people will take part in this event over the course of a weekend. You get to bond with strangers – the atmosphere is incredible. In the photo above, I’m smiling as I spot my mum and dad in the crowd of spectators. They made friends too.


    (2) How often can you swim in The Thames? Never! It’s pretty cool to see Canary Wharf as the backdrop of the swim. Also, City airport is so close, I was swimming with a plane taking off above my head at one point. I felt like a Bond Girl in an action movie.blogZG 6


    (3) After the swim, which took me a reasonable 37 minutes, you can see your supporters up close. My mum held out a bag for me to put my wetsuit in. You have to have your wetsuit fully in the bag before you are allowed up the stairs to the Excel centre.

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    (4) The bike course is two laps of a 20km course and it is super flat (apart from a few speed bump measures). For most part, it is also wide so nervous cyclists like me could keep to the left.

    As for the route itself, Canary Wharf was interesting scenery on the bike course but it did get narrow at times in Canary Wharf! I liked when we were riding near traffic as the people in the cars most shouted support.

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    (5) The 10km run was probably my favourite part. It was 3 laps of a course around the ExCel centre with plenty of water stations and packed with supporters the whole way. There was loud music, there were hose pipes to run through to stay cool and did I mention the supporters? How could you give up when people are cheering for you non-stop?

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    (6) You get beer at the finish line. Shortly after this photo was taken, I received a medal and a pint of Erdinger. Here’s me with my medal in a bar in Docklands later on in the evening:



    London has plenty of places to celebrate after the race and then I didn’t have far to travel home after the event. I could attempt sleep in my own bed (although my mind was racing) and I could get some cuddles from my Chihuahua.

    Celebrities including Lydia Rose Bright, Charlie Webster, Toby Anstis and Jason Bradbury did it, so it really is the triathlon for VIPs. If my photos weren’t enough insight, then you can watch it / record it on Channel 4 on Saturday 15 August at 7am.

    See the AJ Bell London triathlon website for details about how to register for next year’s race.


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  • Weekend Showbiz Round-Up!

    Hi VIPs! How is everyone doing? Fingers crossed, we’re due for some lovely weather this week. Summer’s still not over! Let us present to you some equally sizzling showbiz gossip!

    TOWIE’s Arg triggered a Scotland Yard missing person alert after he went to the wrong airport and disappeared for 24 hours. He has since apologized to his worrying fans.


    The X-Factor began this weekend with 9.6 million viewers tuning in. The show was of course all about Cheryl Cole who easily stole the spotlight. We feel a bit sorry for Mel B!

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    Lucy Mecklenburgh had a bit of a scare when she came face to face with a mystery dancing snake in her home! We would have ran straight out of the house and never returned.

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    Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora got extremely comfortable together as they teased fans with a nearly-there kiss at the Budweiser Made in America festival.

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    Miley Cyrus put her incredible body on show again for a nude photoshoot spread for V Magazine, which was a collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. The issue was aptly named ‘Rebel Issue’.

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    Lea Michele celebrated her 28th birthday with an intimate dinner with her best girlfriends. Hope you have a good year Lea!

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    Taylor Swift will feature on the new series of The Voice US as a guest advisor. With her success it is no doubt that she will give sound and on-point advice.

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    Tweet @livelikeavip your showbiz thoughts.

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  • Thursday’s Juicy Celeb Gossip

    Good morning! The weekend is nearly here so keep up the pace and stay positive and life will be a whole of a lot easier.

    There’s lots to look forward to right now in showbiz. For example, it’s just been revealed that the new Terminator film has just finished filming and it’s going to be called Terminator Genisys. Intriguing…


    I like it when there’s some happy news and I can tell you that Lydia Bright and James Argent looked loved up at a Drive-In screening of Grease, sponsored by Direct Line. They really look like Danny and Sandy, don’t they?


    1407339583531_wps_10_EDITORIAL_USE_ONLY_Lydia_Now I have a quiz for you. Who is this boyband star?


    It’s Harry Styles! None of the Live Like a VIP recognised him without his trademark hair. In fact, without the hair he’s not half as good looking.

    Now, another question. Guess how old Geri Halliwell is now?


    Apparently she’s 42 (but we reckon she may be older). She celebrated her birthday on a yacht with her F1 driver boyfriend Christian Horner. And guess what they did after dinner…


    Connect 4? It’s not even dominos or Monopoly.

    Finally, let’s end with some fashion. The team are quite impressed by Luisa Zissman’s new bikini range for online retailer Pretty Pink Princess.


    We’re not so impressed by the name of the collection, Fall In Love Princess Luisa Zissman. Sickly!!!!

    Whatever you do today, do it properly! We’ll be back with more gossip tomorrow.

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  • Tuesday Showbiz Round-Up!

    Hello VIPs! Hope everyone had a good start to the week. Here’s some showbiz gossip to help you out if you’re struggling.

    Davina McCall got into a little bit of trouble during her Sports Relief triathlon. She had to be dragged out of Lake Windermere after her 1.5 mile swim and blamed it on being too cold. However, soon after she was back in good spirits and set out to continue on the next stage- a 65 mile bike ride. We would have given up by now!

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    Another celebrity trying to be active is TOWIE’s James Argent. He has lost 8 pounds in 3 days but according to his doctor he needs to lose another 5 stone to be healthy and avoid diabetes. His first bulk of weight loss happened at No.1 Bootcamp in Norfolk, where other reality stars have gone to lose weight. Let’s hope he keeps its up!

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    Cheryl Cole is back in the studio and making music. She posted an obviously gorgeous picture of herself with the caption- ‘Studio #keepmoving’. Wonder if it’ll interrupt with her decision to return to the X-Factor? Sure hope not!

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    Marc Anthony and Chloe Green have split due to conflicting busy schedules. They were only dating for a year and had many breaks during their relationship but now it seems like it’s over for good. There was a considerable age difference between this former couple- maybe other factors were involved in their partition?

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    Kendall Jenner is turning more and more high fashion with each photo-shoot. She unveiled some spectacular black and white pictures of herself . The pictures were taken by photographer Jason Eric Hardwick and he did incredible justice to her beauty!

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    Lena Dunham has unveiled the cover and release date for her book. It will be out on July 10th of this year and is titled, ‘Not That Kind of Girl’. Her publisher Random House apparently paid her a reported $3.7million for her humorous advice guide. Definitely a must buy!

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    Kristen Stewart has claimed that she stands by every decision she has made in the latest issue of Marie Claire. In particular she was referring to the fling with Rupert Sanders whilst she was still with Robert Pattinson. She also went on to say that you can’t help who you fall in love with so everyone can judge away!

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    Do you have any showbiz inspired thoughts on what you’ve just read? Tweet @livelikeavip your thoughts!

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    The Latest News in the World of Celebrity- Happy Friday!

    Whoop whoop- TGIF. Last night, Zoe Griffin ended the week in true VIP style. She hosted an amazing VIP book launch party at Google, which was crawling with celebrities (post on this to come soon!). The girls and I are still just about recovering from it, far too many Krispy Kreme doughnuts- OK, I admit it maybe one too many glasses of bubbly, but can you blame us? We know most of you (like me) are on on the edge of your seats today, ready to get the weekend started and as per usual, we’ve brought you the latest in celebrity news to help you through the anticipation. Enjoy VIPs and happy Friday!

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    TOWIE’s James Argent gets his foot run over by a moving car. OUCH. You can see his pain in the picture above. Ricky Rayment accidentally ran over his foot after filming scenes for ITV2 show in Essex. He didn’t appear to hold onto the incident for too long as he was tweeting fans about the show after. Well done Arg- took it like a man! More painful pictures of him to be found here.

    We are ‘heartbroken’ to announce that Anastacia has been forced to cancel her European tour due to being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. The songstress made a full recovery back in 2003, but it appears that the disease has now come back. Despite the bad news, she is in very high spirits and is determined to beat it again. We wish you a full and swift recovery Anastacia! Find out what she tweeted fans here.

    Ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner, Kendra Wilkinson says she not willing to sacrifice her social life for a second baby. Her handsome little fella, Hank IV is enough for her right now and she loves having one kid. She knows that if she does have a second child she won’t be able to go out once a week. Responsible or selfish? You tell us! You can see the full story here.

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    The queen of the award shows this season, Jennifer Lawrence is spotted relaxing in Hawaii, where she’s shooting the sequel, the Hunger Games. The brunette was with a girlfriend at the time. Check out what she says to E! News about her busy schedule here.

    Romeo Beckham

    Set to be the next child star? Victoria and David Beckham’s son, Romeo (10 years old) models for Burberry’s spring/summer campaign. Chief Creative Officer of Burberry said ‘he stole the show’ in the photo-shoot. We’re not surprised he smashed it- you don’t expect anything less from the Beckhams! Check out a video of the photo-shoot here.

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