KK - a friend of mine has a part in Kingsman. She has described it as a "blink and you'll miss it" part, but she is quite excited. She is on a lot of adverts these days, and I think probably the biggest thing she was on was Dancing On Ice 2 or 3 years ago, when they had an advert in each ad-break to promote the show via a toothpaste brand. In the advert, she was the girl who had a lot of male admirers, partly due to her pearly whites I am 99% sure she's on a current M&S ad at the moment.
Anyway, enough of all that. Happy birthday to Shades Mum.
I've been away in Falmouth for a couple of days and have picked up a bug. I'm feeling pretty ropey so haven't ran today, and probably won't run tomorrow. I have an entry for a 5-mile race on Sunday, but I'll see how I feel. I did run 4-miles yesterday (it was supposed to be 8, but I cut it short as I wasn't feeling right) and 6 miles the first day I was in Falmouth. It was a lovely route around the coast.
The funeral arrangements for Steph have all be sorted for next Friday. You may remember that I had a break to Bruges booked, so I've changed the plans for that (now only going for 2 nights as opposed to 3), but I obviously want to be at Steph's funeral so it was a no-brainer. I toyed with cancelling the whole break, but I still feel I want to go so just amended the booking instead of cancelling.
KK - the DD is the Dartmoor Discovery, which is hilly 32-mile road race around Dartmoor. I've got an entry for it in June (as has Shades, who I think has done the race many times). For me it's just something to aim for as opposed to saying I'm definitely going to do it, but if I'm in shape for it I wanted a number as the race sold out quickly (6 days). It's organised by my running club, Teignbridge Trotters, and they do a transfer process for people to get rid of numbers if they no longer need them, but I am obviously hoping I'll be ready for it.
Iain - sorry to hear about that. I hope you get your shoes sorted out at work. Good luck.
No real news on Steph at the moment but the London press have linked Claire and Steph. And of course, they're still getting it wrong. Claire did *not* die during childbirth.....that really p***ed off at the time, but I didn't bother getting it corrected. I guess what the press don't know they make up and there are also, let's say, "inconsistencies" in some of the reports about Steph. Oh well. Nothing I can do about that, and I tell myself not to read it but I can't help it.
I think basically the press managed to get hold of a couple of Steph's friends via Facebook (some people have their mobile phone numbers totally open and available) and I guess the reporter just asked very open questions, and the two friends just started talking without properly thinking about it. I don't blame them as I'm guessing the reporters know what they're doing. I had a reporter contact me when one of my club mates died last year whilst running (my details were on the club website), but I just said "speak to the Chairman" and left it at that.
Running-wise, I did a 4-mile recovery run yesterday AM. Legs were sore after the 10-miler on Sunday, and I must say they're still a bit sore today Doesn't really bode well for the Dartmoor Discovery, but I suppose if I put any 7min/miles in at the DD I've done something a bit silly! I did struggle on the uphills comparatively on Sunday, so in that way it's reconfirmed where I need to focus for the DD. It's my calves that are feeling a bit tight. (I'm afraid I had to google if it's "calfs" or "calves", and I'm still not 100% sure....I'm talking about my legs though, not young cows )
SK, just reading back a bit and Ian has had some ideas, and he wanted the funeral to be in London. He said he wants to organise it all, so Steph's parents were more than happy to ask him to do that.
Fortunately, the media was all fine in the end. The junction itself is a very dangerous junction and it's more or less what I was expecting (I had looked at the junction on google maps) and it was easy to see how the incident could happen; even as we were standing there, a couple of lorries totally messed up going around the corner, and one had to reverse back into the main road to get around the corner. There is probably a strong argument to make it a "no left turn", but then I suppose it just moves a problem somewhere else. There are no easy answers.
In terms of any funeral date, Steph hasn't yet been released so no death certificates are available at the moment so that can't be progressed yet. I have fired off an email to ask if we can get Steph into the churchyard where Claire and Jay are, and because of the exceptional circumstances it looks like it will be permitted, if the family decide they want that. I should know for sure by the middle of the week.
Well, I got the race done and I was pleased with a time of 1:17:25 (unofficial). Last year's was 1:19:44, but the conditions last year were awful with a very, very strong headwind and also large areas of flood water we had to wade through. Anyway, I'm glad I went up and was pleased with the result and I finished strong. It's a good race.
The splits are a bit meaningless really due to the hills so it will never be consistent miles, but they are below. See if you can spot where the two big hills are