Sunday, 2 October 2011

Pheasant Run

I'm not a pheasant plucker,
I'm the pheasant plucker's son;
I'm only plucking pheasants
Till the pheasant plucker come.

After a brief telephone conversation last night with George about times to meet I awaited his arrival this morning on my driveway with a slight shiver which I decided to enjoy as I know it was soon going to heat up. As expected he arrived on time and I leapt into the car to find that neither of us had a on the fly we decided to start in Keston and make it up as we went along, we hadn't even decided on a  distance but wanted to run for 3- 4 hours.

We soon found ourselves following a favourite path that we don't run along very often and chose to run through the Biggin Hill Valley to an old friend to follow the badger and fox trails alongside the Roman Road but cut off early to back track along the road to create a loop and then back to the far end of the Roman Road to go back to the car. I reckon that during that run we must come across about a hundred pheasants all scuttling ahead of us along the edges of fields and the going airbourne with a scream as we caught them up, we commented that we should bring a shotgun next time.

My right ankle had been slightly tender at the start but at the 14th mile I stubbed my outer two toes on a hidden tree stump causing me to stumble slightly and curse the countryside. I felt a slight twinge on my sole but carried on back to the car after a very solid, very hilly and very hot run, one which I drank nearly all of my 1.5 litres of homemade sports drink.

On my return I had a bath and then went about my chores of painting the soffit and gutter board on the extension, what with the climbing the ladder about 20 times my ankle seems OK but it appears the tender part is my calf and the tendon near the ankle bone....a little TLC is needed.

The route was eventually 16 miles with 2420 feet of climb the temperature hitting 23 C and still rising at the end. That was enough for us for today as it was soon to rise to 27 C, just a little dangerous with limited supplies of water.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a very nice run. Hope the TLC works well and fast. Enjoy the week!