done my gardening for the day at 0630 - sticking in bedding plants where directed the previous evening.
Mick it's very difficult constraining my 15 stone+ of rippling muscle without it showing somewhere.... I look younger on the outside than I feel inside
Columba nice time to run when the air is still fresh -800m reps are tough in any weather!!
Ceal the athletics club represented at the meeting have over 300 in the junior section!! As to statistics I saw somewhere that 50% of kids thought that playing computer games was exercise!!! "Lovely" is not a sobriquet normally applied to me -thanks
NZC doctors - pah, what do they know?? Sometimes they are right however, but only when they agree with me!!
NZC oh yes they did - you may now regret it (well my presence on them anyway!)
I can feel your eagerness to get back running !!
Columba I have amassed many Rewards points over the years so I use them to get a day pass to the first class lounge in KX very useful on hot days!!
Graham Nice to see someone running well. Good time and AG though I can't believe you let a woman beat you
I took the first steps last evening in trying to get a running track facility built for the local running clubs - think I achieved more in 2 hours than they had done in 2 years beforehand - my contribution to future athletic development!!
lovely to see folk on Friday despite me being over dressed for a sunny day in the Park - and it was very good of Mike to entertain the birthday girl (and to get shouted at) and the group by running so strongly in the heat
Couple of pictures of the post race celebrations
I shan't say who ate all the tomato sauce
Rounded off very nicely by me getting back to Kings Cross lounge to find if was Fizzy Friday and a courtesy glass of champagne so I was able to toast Ceal's birthday in style - now that's what I call travelling on British railways!!!
thanks for calf wishes - but it is still there and hurting. I should go a see my physio but I am a bit time pressed this week - and so is she!!
Columba you are now very close to that magical mark of 10+ miles (none of this metric stuff!!) and running in surroundings like that will make it so much easier to do. In the ol' days, well 3 years ago I used to love running over the moor tops and it never seemed like a chore as the scenery was so superb - winter or summer.
John good present !! I was taken out for a late lunch by my son and his family (who had been staying with us overnight!) and we had a lovely time so we became expensive babysitters
Pammie I had to look out another report on Ron Clarke's sad death which gave a slightly better picture of the man and his achievements ( and Zatopek's gift)
His first world record came in Melbourne in December 1963, when he broke the six-mile and 10,000m records in the same race. (“That’s nice,” said his wife, Helen, when he told her about his achievement at a family party later that day. “Now would you help me hand out the sandwiches?”)
His career tally of 17 world records, is slightly skewed in Clarke’s favour because both metric and imperial records still stood and 10 of his world records came in just five races. But that is offset by the chasm he put between himself and history. Between December 1963 and July 1965, Clarke took 18.6 seconds off the world 5,000m record and an awe-inspiring and 38.8 seconds off the world 10,000m record.
Clarke eventually retired from the sport in 1970, never having dispelled the idea that he was more runner than racer. He did get an Olympic gold medal, though. After Mexico, Clarke was invited to Czechoslovakia by the four-time Olympic champion Zatopek. At the airport when he was leaving, he thrust a package in Clarke’s hand. He opened it on the plane. It was Zatopek’s 10,000m gold medal from the 1952 Games, re-engraved to Clarke.
Loved his wife's reaction !!
He damaged a heart valve in that Mexico 10,000 m final at a time when running at altitude did not have the science behind it that it now has and nearly died after the race because of his attempt to win. Only the prompt action of his coach getting oxygen to him saved him
You just can't imagine him being caught up in drug allegations can you??