"When shall we three meet again?"
No, I did the Macbeth jokes last time, so let's try and be a bit
It's the Wedding Day 7k - unusual name, unusual distance - but it's
very popular. Despite little or no conventional advertising, they
have nearly 700 runners, and many of them - including Amanda and
friends - are repeat entrants.
Let's start with the permanent park residents: they've seen it all
before and they have better things to think about!
Aha! Pat says this is the only smile I'll get out of her - she
succumbed once during a race, but she's not going to do it
"Hi Steve!" somebody shouts, and it's only afterwards I realise it's
Merilyn. We knew she'd signed up for this race, but hadn't seen her
before the start and didn't know if she'd actually come along in the
end. But there's 670 of them and one of me, so she's got the easier
I spot Amanda easily enough, though. Of course, I am looking for
her, knowing that she's there.
Like I said: I once got a smile from Pat in a race, but she
isn't going to repeat that moment of weakness.
And this time, I'm a bit more prepared for Merilyn.
For technical reasons (ok, a cock-up on my part) I can't quite get
the shot I wanted with Diana in the background. She is there, but
you have to use your imagination a bit.
And at the finish, it's Merilyn first to cross the line, looking
happy but knackered. Or do I mean knackered but happy?
Pat is no longer too busy racing to enjoy it.
And I-have-no-cartilage-what's-your-excuse woman comes home
well ahead of most of her contemporaries, and indeed, plenty half
Merilyn models the so-called 'small' t-shirt, which is basically a
And it's goodnight from Diana!
But the very next morning, Diana sees off nearly a thousand
Amanda will be easy to spot in the distinctive blue of the Wedding
Day t-shirt... Only there's hundreds of the buggers!
Some people think they've cunningly disguised themselves by not
wearing the t-shirt, forgettiing that the headdress labelled "Bride"
is a dead giveaway!
That's it! Ten Parkruns now! Sure, we had the first person to
complete five hundred addressing the crowd the other week,
and I think the second is here today, but they'd better start
looking behind them!
And then... Illyria's Ruddigore which is also all about
If you've seen an Illyria show, you won't need to be told, but if
you haven't, then you probably do. In that latter case, go to
http://www.illyria.uk.com/ now, find your nearest production
and buy tickets. Don't be put off by the fact that some of their
productions may seem a bit highbrow - just remember that in his day,
Shakespeare was writing for the common folk who wanted
entertainment, not A-level English students wanting exam grades!
So there we are, a tenuous thread of links, but a thread
nonetheless. I may struggle to create plausible associations with
the Reykjavík Marathon coming up, but we shall see... I'm sure I'll
think of something.
Love to all,