21 July – Loving The Aliens


Yes, you’re right, this does appear to be my second post for the 21st July. That was because after having done the 10km this morning, I realised I was ‘behind’ on being ahead.

Having had three unscheduled days off running, I’d lost 23kms of progress, and that is hard to make up. After my usual coffee stop, where Valentina rescued me with a cappuccino, water and pastry, I decided I’d try and do another 5km run, just to reduce the 3 day deficit. With my friend A’s warning about being sensible and not overdoing the training, ringing in my ears, I thought I’d give the run a go, and if I couldn’t do it and was too tired, then I’d just walk the scenic route home.

So it was I found myself on War Of the Worlds lane,  it seemed to me the best route home, because it’s a bit up and down, but not horrendous and very quiet. Psyching myself up for the first incline, I saw a topless runner ahead of me. Now that is worth following to ogle the bod, not in a stalkerish manner I must explain, just purely to see who he is and where he is going.

My pace was somewhat slower than his and he kept disappearing out of view. I didn’t really have enough puff left to put on a sprint, so I had to be satisfied with occasional glimpses, once I’d rounded the same corners as he had. Now we were on the straight, there’s nowhere for him to hide, except he evidently has a bit more in his motor than me and he disappears out of view once more. A kink in the road? Or has he become an alien abduction victim? As I’ve written before, he is in the perfect place for a Martian pick-up. I round the kink, and can’t see hide nor hair of him. Strange, it’s fairly flat around here – maybe a call of nature?  I plod on, with my topless runner motivation gone and get sidetracked by the appearance of the bizarre plant pictured.

In all the best sci-fi movies, there’s usually a trace element left by the aliens, to give those in the know, the opportunity to identify that something extra-terrestrial has occurred. Is it therefore a coincidence that a topless runner has disappeared and these weird plants are now nearby? Yes, it is a coincidence, because he’s turned up a junction and sprinting in the distance…, no chance of me flogging this story to Spielberg then.

Now that I have no-one to follow, my pace drops a little and at the 3km stage, I do wonder whether I can be bothered to continue, but then I spot the yellow arrows on the road. Clearly the aliens are around and in need of directions. I decide to follow some of them and see where they take me. In fact they take me to the end of War Of The Worlds lane and the arrows are for a vintage cycle race, in which riders dress in old fashioned gear and ride old fashioned bikes through the countryside.

I turn up towards Royston Vasey and men are unloading crates of water for the upcoming race, – one of the unloaders saw my face and asked whether I needed fresh water – I thanked him and showed him my half-full water bottle and continued on. Now I was getting tired and glanced at Map My Run, I was just short of 5km and as that is my minimum distance to be considered for the Alzheimer’s Challenge, I gave myself a mental shove and continued on until I hit 5.15km.

Brilliant, I made it through alien abduction territory, and caught up a little on my deficit. A good morning’s work.


Young, Gifted and Black – Bob & Marcia

Night Boat To Cairo,  One Step Beyond- Madness

Too Much Too Young,  – The Specials

Selector, On My Radio,  – The Selector

Can’t Get Used To Losing You – The Beat

Lip Up Fatty, – Bad Manners

Our Lips Are Sealed – Fun Boy Three

Liquidator – Harry J Allstars

Police On My Back – Eddy Grant and The Equals

Monkey Man – Toots and The Maytals

Rudy Got Married – Laurel Aitken

The Tide Is High – Blondie

Return of Django – The Upsetters

Rudy, A Message To You – Dandy Livingstone

King Of Kings – Jimmy Cliff

Red Red Wine – Tony Tribe

Start – The Jam

Uptown Top Ranking – Althea and Donna

Monkey Man – Amy Winehouse


Distance 5.15km

Time 41:28

Average Pace 8:02 Mins/km

Elevation Gain 106 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Done 1223.28

Kms to Run 794.72





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