Many a True Word …

July 27, 2009 at 11:24 am | Posted in Running | Leave a comment

…spoken in jest, as they say.  On Saturday, Mrs V1951 decided to investigate yet another sale in our local Marks and Spencer.  I was allowed (time off for good behaviour) to wait for her in the local coffee shop.  So, armed with a large cappuchino (skinny of course), I settled down to a leisurely half hour with the Daily Telegraph.

Those who know me will know all too well that I’m a keen runner and newly qualified UK:Athletics coach.  So, the headline “Bupa Great North and Great South runs: Team Telegraph under starter’s orders” naturally caught my eye.  In particular, the Great South Run, which takes place in Portsmouth at the end of October, is very local to me and one of my focus races for the year.    Reading the article, I noticed that Bryony Gordon had said “Exercise? Oh, right. I don’t do terribly much of that. I am a pretty good swimmer, but the last time I checked you couldn’t swim the Great South Run.”

I had to smile.  I’ve run this race for the last 3 years and each year has been graced with the sort of rain that made Noah get out his Black and Decker.  At times, it felt like it would be easier to try front crawl.

So Bryony, when you come to pack your sports bag for the GSR, remember:

  • Running shoes
  • Race number
  • Water Wings

See you on the start line.

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