Today, we're going to go to Knole Park. The plan is that after a
nice run with some friends, we'll meet up with Amanda's mother and
have a picnic in the sun before visiting Knole House, then a little
walk in the beautiful grounds enjoying the warmth of a glorious
But of course, this is the British summer.
Just before the start, it's hazy but not actually raining. It's been
on and off for the last hour or so, and there's no way of telling
which way it might go now.
There's a lorra lorra Dulwich boys and girls in this race,
outnumbering even the home team by a fair way.
Ok, Amanda likes hot, dry conditions; we almost missed the start by
not realising quite how far registration was and she was in panic
mode two minutes ago; so she's looking surprisingly happy!
Hang on! This is the second time I've seen Pat smiling in a
race. Her husband is definitely going to be getting suspicious!
At least Claire looks like she's taking it seriously.
This is the second guy about two thirds of the way through his first
lap. I missed the actual leader because I'd stopped for a moment to
consult the map and not noticed him shooting out of the mist until
it was too late. At this point they've run about three times the
distance I've cycled if not more; it's downright embarrassing :-(
Here's Amanda, enjoying the, err, atmospheric conditions.
She's wearing her Bad Cow top from the other week. Just nine days
ago she was pouring water on her head to cool down, but now she's
getting it done for her.
Now it's Claire's turn to be cheerful.
Pat's suffering a bit with injury, but I guess the endorphins are
Second loop, the weather's a lot worse. It's pretty much tipping
down now and I've put the posh camera away in favor of the
completely waterproof one. I didn't buy it for this sort of thing,
This is why I bought it. Not that much wetter, but a lot
warmer! Ho hum.
Back to reality...
At least this stretch has a good surface.
You'd kind of think this was the last kind of day you'd need to take
on extra water...
Ah, now this guy, he's got the right idea.
What?! Again Claire's behind Amanda all the way until
the bit where it counts! I may have to sabotage her next time...
And finally, Amanda's mother checks out some of the entrants in the
wet T-shirt competition
Hope everyone's dried out by now!
Love to you all,