Well, boys and girls, today we have indeed a motley crew as the
Surrey Hills resound again to the sound of slogging!
I point my camera at him, he points his megaphone at me. I think
this is what they call a Mexican Standoff.
The pre-race entertainment.
The BVR posse are out in force! Note that Dave is among those not
wearing a BVR top, as apparently his have all shrunk in the
My own team is a bit smaller, true, but nevertheless perfectly
The race start is delayed so that Bruce can finish pinning his
number on; he might have got away with it but for Ken loudly
announcing the fact through his megaphone.
Amanda and Claire are buried in the crowd at the start, but Nigel is
near the back where it's thinned out a lot. We will later learn that
he's never done this race before, so presumably he's being
The starting loop around Hogwarts: if you know what to look for, you
can see Amanda and Claire. Perhaps there should be a prize for
correctly identifying them.
Ok, I'll make it a bit easier.
And into the woods they go...
Cheekily advertising a different race!
Simultaneously running and doing a moose impression! Is
there no beginning to this man's talents?!
Let's see if they're still this enthusiastic after a few hills!
The leaders are way too quick, even though I've only come about a
third of the distance they have to get here.
Well there's a thing! From being near the back, Nigel has obviously
got into his stride and is now ahead of the others.
Look out for number one! Claire's next, but at first I don't see her
behind these two.
Amanda has nobody immediately in front, so she's easier to spot at a
And here's Dave.
This is roughly the half-way point for the back markers, but the
race leader is on his final leg with only a mile and half or so
Blimey! She may be close to last, but she's still full of beans!
I get to my last location in the woods just a bit too late and see
Claire disappear down the trail. Nigel is presumably long gone.
At least I catch Amanda. I won't wait here for Dave or my ebullient
new ladyfriend because I want to get down the narrow track back to
the finish before it becomes too busy. There are several places
where it's essentially impossible to pass and I don't want to get in
A kissing gate, a narrow track with barbed wire fences, and further
down there's a stile. The race starts and ends with a bit of an
No funny faces now, he's dead serious as he sprints towards the
Well I'm glad somebody's pleased to see me!
And it's a final push for Amanda too.
Hmm... Is Dave taking a bow or is he about to collapse over the
The undisputed winner of Beard of the Race!
And I leave you with this thought: Happiness is a Surrey Slog!