Alive and Running April 19 2015

WP_20150419_015 New tactics for parkrun. It’s a good example of thinking outside of the box. I was musing (metaphorically) about scything down the competition and then I thought  why not in actuality! So when I saw this scythe at a local garage sale, I knew the universe was giving me something I needed. I bought it for a song ( Let It Be, and I threw in a shortened version of American Pie as an encore). I still have to figure out where to place myself on the start line but that’s not likely to be a problem since I think there’ll be plenty of space around me wherever I choose to stand (particularly if I’m wearing something black and hooded.

Anyway, back to a pre-scythe parkrun at Wimpole Estate yesterday. It went OK. Not too cold, a reasonable time and some unexpected sun. There was a frost at 7.45 am when I walked Rupert the dalmatian but by 9 am it had warmed up sufficiently to run without a jacket. A good cup of coffee and a fruit scone with strawberry jam in the National Trust restaurant/cafe with Ms Alive and Running and our running chums completed a very enjoyable morning.

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In the afternoon we went into Cambridge for a birthday meal. The sun remained out and the scene on the Cam was barely distinguishable from the Venetian Grand Canal.

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And so, today, to Ickworth House, which is a rotunda, to run a Hoohaar 10k on the estate. I think all races should be held on National Trust properties. Great facilities (lavatories instead of toilets, lovely large, airy cafes, wonderful grounds) and entry to the right class of person. The plebs are turned away at the Gate House and advised to go and run in a public park. Only joking! The hoi polloi are guaranteed entry everywhere.

The race went well and I knocked off 90 seconds from last year. There is an evil hill at 9k which slowed me down considerably but I’m not complaining (much). It’s a beautiful course, mainly trail, and undulating. Unfortunately one of our running friends, who moved to Yorkshire and came down for this race, fell and injured her knee. Unable to continue, she had to hobble back because of a lack of mobile signal and inadequate contingency arrangements.

And speaking of class based entertainment, one can do no better than listen to BBC Radio 4’s Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair, a 2013 production of Francis Durbridge’s detective drama at 11.30 am on Fridays. Paul Temple, his wife , Steve (female) and the top policemen have cut glass English accents and weld power effortlessly with confidence and panache. Gentle drama, gentle comedy and so redolent of a 30’s and 40’s class divided Britain.

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2 thoughts on “Alive and Running April 19 2015

  1. Ah! The British obsession with class. (And accents) I got told off at the weekend for picking on public schoolboys (ie david Cameron) as it’s not their fault that their parents chose that for them and don’t they have a duty to do the best with the opportunities that they were given etc. fair point. I’m glad that we have more regional accents on the radio though, as I have quite a broad lancs accent so people often used to mistake that for stupidity, less so now than 30 yrs ago. 😀

    • Soz, I don’t accept it is a fair point. The type of public school Cameron and his ilk attended goes far beyond the remit of offering an excellent education.It’s about holding onto wealth and power and preserving it for their class. Only the credulous will be impressed by the Tory guff about a fair society and supporting the NHS. Top marks to Cameron for giving the impression he cares about the hard working taxpayer, though. It’s a class act, as they say.
      As for accents, they can be a class weapon too (along with education). You say that people used to equate a broad Lancs accent for stupidity. Who? Not Lancashire born people, I think. No,it’ll be certain types of people and institutions wanting to keep others in their “rightful” place.
      Best not to fall out with your friends and colleagues over this, particularly with all those scalpels laying around.

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