Eh up Phil. Gosh, it's oddly nice to be back here.
The new girl is a bit of a single malt snob - we visited Lagavullin and Caol Ila. I've never been a spirits drinker at all really but I can see the point. My old man always used to say to just stick to beer as it's hard to become a real alcoholic - it's not like I get home at night and think "ooh I think I'll drink six pints of lager all by myself" whereas it's easy to drink that kind of equivalent in whisky. Especially with chocolate. Mmmmm....
Once I've settled into single life or perhaps even (don't tell anyone) settled in with the new one it's a habit I'll need to get out of. Still, on the other hand now I've ditched the wife at least I don't smoke any more. It got to the point where I more or less had to to be able to spend any time with her. It's been a rather difficult year...
Just popping in to say jolly well done to Marigold.
Obviously that's just British understatement at work there. I was in Islay in Scotland having my dinner when I heard about it and it made me cry with happiness right there in a restaurant. Which is a bit weird for someone I've only really met two or three times, but these forums make for strangely fond connections sometimes, don't they?
Obviously not fond enough to divert me away from Islay whisky distillery tours / roasting marshmallows on a beach with my new girl, mind you. Was quite close to Glasgow as the crow flies, so perhaps that counts.
I guess you're all still in the pub, but I'll just say that it was all totally worth sitting this one out just to see Marigold at the half way/22 mile mark today, and then just making it to the pub to see his finish covered gloriously by the BBC.
It's a lot more fun to watch than I imagined. We had a whale of a time. It's odd to see how many runners at the sharp end I know by sight, and it's even odder to see that where I used to run actually was pretty sharp. Well done to all, commiserations to anyone who felt they should have done better, and all the best.
Well done Steve 6 - saw you a couple of times when I was waiting for my blind runner and you looked like you were going well. It is a bit bleak in Shoreham, isn't it? From our point of view, the speed bumps and slightly narrow course there aren't very helpful either. Still, I thought Brighton generally was a fantastic event.