A little Thames Meander Photothon for you...
Amanda is ready for action!
The Man in the Kilt. There's always one!
Well, ok, sometimes there's two. Not a runner, though, so maybe he
Ready for the off...
At Trionium events, you have to run up a *$%@-ing great hill before
you get to the piper. This is for softies!
Only a few k, and already Ed (the eventual winner) is well out in
Here's me kilt man again. The extra wind resistance is clearly not
causing him a problem.
Aha! I know that woman!
And that one too! No funny remarks about "in the biblical sense"
At times you could think you were in the countryside, but you're
The idea (I think; and I may have this wrong) is that your kilt
catches the air and you can fly by flapping your arms.
This is Michelle, Kirsty's sister. Who's Michelle? Who's Kirsty?
Well, at this point, I didn't know either.
Merilyn still going strong!
Amanda isn't far behind. But her goal isn't really speed or a PB,
it's just to finish after her previous attempt was compromised and
ultimately destroyed by illness.
At the turnaround point, my kilted gentleman! I'm not sure whether a
"Keep On Trucking" sign held upside-down was as good a motivator as
"That's her, that's my sister". Yeah, but whose sister?
Ah, that's who Steve's rabbiting on about.
Back to women my own age!
Actually, Kirsty probably deserves a bit of a slap. I said, "Your
sister's a lot younger than my wife, so it's ok she's in front". She
said, "She looks young but she's actually 40".
By taking short cuts on my bicycle, I'm still ahead of my Scotsman,
but it's getting tighter.
You wouldn't know Merilyn's suffering if you hadn't been told.
Mind, Amanda's suffering too. Partly this is because the towpath
might look like it's rural, but it's actually in the middle
of a major city with all the traffic fumes that implies. Ironically,
we've come by bicycle precisely because driving and parking in the
vicinity is such a nightmare.
Buccleuch Gardens. I'm sure it's not named after the noise of a
runner clearing the phlegm...
Wikipedia tells us that the Scottish Dukedom of Buccleuch is
pronounced "ba-clew". Dunno whether the Richmond venue is any
Merilyn on the home straight! (Apart from that slight kink in the
Yay! She's done it!
Amanda passes Merilyn on one side, Steve on the other, but has eyes
only for the finish line.
And she's done it. After the psychological trauma of a DNF in 2012
(she was ill FFS!) she was paranoid about finishing. Nobody
but her had the slightest worry whether she'd do it.
"That hurt so much, we're never going to do it again."