17 July – Upsetting Arthur

OMG I have to get back up that hill....
OMG I have to run back up that hill

Last night we had a thunderstorm, which thankfully reduced the temperature somewhat. Second reason for thanks was that we avoided the hailstones, which were palm sized (hand not tree) and damaged cars in one of the local towns. Shattered windscreens and dented bodywork pictures were a big feature of today’s news.

Actually a shattered head and dented bodywork sums me up too, at present. I left the house a little later than usual but the weather was kind, and GPRS still playing up. Map My Run Mechanical Voice Lady wasn’t speaking to me either and when she did she was talking nonsense again.

So a quick dash up Mill Lane, flick the vee sign, and run down Lovers’ Lane – no-one there today, so a lonely dash back  to the Hill That Kills. Again, surprisingly quiet – I saw a cyclist who was so skinny, I swear he looked like a white toothpick on a bike. The bike looked fatter than he did. He was followed by the non-fit cyclist – he of the transparent shorts – again wearing black shorts today.

Maybe his wife/husband/partner/mum/dad/friend has told him the translucent shorts aren’t a good look. Through Royston Vasey – no need for a water stop today, and on my way to War Of The Worlds Lane. I passed an oncoming very fit looking walker and he nodded to me. So far so quiet.

Next up the final stretch and I saw Hairy Biker Man with Arturo his bigger dog. As I ran past he held on tight to Arturo’s collar because he said Arturo likes chasing after runners. As I don’t like being chased by dogs/anything else I was glad he held onto him. But poor old Arturo looked very cheesed off – his dog walking escapades now ruined by a puffing, panting lady runner. I think to give him a break I should take a different route next time out, which is a bit of a shame as I like War Of The Worlds Lane even with the risk of alien abduction.

I am sorry Arthur for ruining your day. I’ll be somewhere else next time I promise.


House of Fun – Madness

Baggy Trousers – ditto

One Step Beyond – ditto

Ghost Town – The Specials

Too Much Too Young – ditto

Rat Race – ditto

Selector  – The Selector

Back To Black – ditto

Mirror In the Bathroom  – The Beat

Cant Get Used To Losing You – ditto

Lip Up Fatty, – Bad Manners

One Step Beyond – Prince Buster

Our Lips Are Sealed  – Fun Boy Three

Police On My Back – Eddy Grant and The Equals

Carry Go Bring Come – Justin Hinds and The Dominoes

54-56 Was My Number – Toots and The Maytals

Monkey Man – ditto

Rudy, A Message To You – Dandy Livingstone

My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small

King Of Kings – Jimmy Cliff

Tom Hark – The Piranhas

Let’s Do Rock Steady – The Bodysnatchers

Free Nelson Mandela – The Starlite Singers

Start – The Jam

Monkey Man – Amy Winehouse


Distance 9.67km

Time 1:04:36

Average Pace 6:40 (lower temperatures make a heck of a difference)

Elevation Gain 89 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Done 1207.74 (beat the 1200 marker)

Kms to do 810.26




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