Friday, 10 May 2013
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Please bear with me for a quick plug for this small charity, Levana School Partnership.
Sue and I are delighted to be able to help raise a bit of cash for this township primary school in Cape Town. We know that over the years the funding received from the charity has made a big difference to the school.
We are joining my son Mike, and our friend Roger, in a sub team of four. The event is the Manchester 10 kilometre (6 miles) race, which will be held on Sunday 26 May. We’d like to have exceeded our sponsorship target of £750 by then.
Every little helps, so please don’t be embarrassed to donate just a fiver towards this worthy cause, should you feel inclined to support it. Our Just Giving site, in Mike’s name, is here. Our thanks go to the 31 people who have already donated – your contributions are much appreciated.
My daughter, Kate, is also taking part, but in a rather more leisurely fashion due to pregnancy. She’ll be walking. There are still a number of places available in our team of 20, so if anyone out there would like to take part, either walking or running, they should contact Nell at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Our ‘sub team’ will all be trying to break the one hour barrier, and I promise to go as fast as I can despite tired legs from the TGO Challenge and not having been running for a month or so.
I’d like to be able to post a picture of some neatly laid out gear, but I can’t. These snaps were taken just before it was thrown into a sack a week ago, since when it has been wending its way to Plockton. I hope to be reunited with it tomorrow, when I should be whisked up to my starting point, leaving Manchester’s Piccadilly Station at 6.33am and arriving in Plockton for afternoon tea sometime after 3pm, via Glasgow and Inverness.
That’s the theory, anyway.
There’s a web page with my planned route, kit list, and links to previous Challenge exploits, here. This may be helpful to anyone who decides to follow my progress over the next couple of weeks. You’ll have to bear with me a little on that score, as mastering the complexities of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is more than a trifle taxing!
Good luck to others who have been lucky enough to get places on this year’s Challenge. I hope to see some of you in Plockton, and then maybe en route to Montrose (via Frazerburgh in my case).
Have a good one…
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Looks a bit of a mess, but very tasty, and only £5.50.
This was a nice little jaunt by a slightly odd route, with Rick, JJ, Alan R and Viv.
We met outside Timperley station.
“We are on the wrong side of the road” I observed, spotting the others in an unconventional spot.
“I have a cunning plan” announced JJ.
So saying, we headed off towards Altrincham, which those familiar with the geography of Timperley may recognise as being in the wrong direction for ‘This & That’, a curry house in Shudehill.
We strode on through Altrincham, past the Budenberg Haus Projekte.
Altrincham’s bluebells were wilting in their unaccustomed sunshine.
The Bay Malton signalled our departure from the Bridgewater Canal, in favour of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT). The TPT follows roads as far as our local hi-tech waste disposal centre, so JJ carefully directed us along some pleasant alternative footpaths.
The TPT then remains off road past Carrington Moss and beside the Carrington Spur to reach the River Mersey, by which time Alan hadn’t much idea of his whereabouts.
Cake kept him going, as it did the other three. They had all suffered yesterday at the hands of R Norman, the master plumber from Horwich, on one of his short guided walks. 17 miles or so.
A heron was vying with the kingfishers to stab the fish on the salmon leap.
Alan soon relocated himself as we crossed about ten lanes of the M60 motorway on our journey back to the Bridgewater Canal in Stretford. Luckily a footbridge was provided.
The locals seemed to know JJ.
We walked past a pub. (It was shut.)
A few metres further on, JJ spotted a Metrolink tram station. “It’s gone 12.30, time for a curry” he announced. So we all jumped on a tram to Shudehill and enjoyed said curry.
A delightful outing of about 14 km (around 9 miles), with not much ascent at all, in about 3 hours. Thanks go to JJ for organising it.