Thursday, 21 June 2012

Leaning on a lampost

There are times to run, there are times to rest.

It was the annual "Chevening Run" on Tuesday evening which I missed last year as I was recovering from my first attempt at the Grand Union Canal Race but this year I was determined to attend, come hell or high water.

It is estimated that about 60 runners of all abilities would attend some to run 12-13 miles, others about 5 miles. What I love about this annual pack event is the complete comaraderie, the humour and utter enjoyment to meet new people and to just enjoy the Kent countryside on a warm and sunny summer's eve. What made this evening so good for me was that Michael was to be back out in the crowd after a long illness and I know equally determined to enjoy the day but it was also the opportunity for George and I to run with him after such a long time.

I was so carried away by the excitement of the run I scooted off chatting to a few people but chose to get to the end of one section of the North Downs Way to await Michael who was happily chatting and taking pictures in the middle of the pack. In the picture below is what awaited Michael, me leaning on a gate enjoying the sunshine and the evening air, for that moment, not a care in the world.

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time"

Pack running isn't about winning, it is about the moment, racing can come on a different day...welcome back Michael.

Finally, below is a picture George, myself and Andrew who actively compete in ultradistance events in the local area. Although we often cross paths, it is very rare to have us standing still in the same vicinity for long :-)


  1. Grrr I didn't manage to make it down there on Tuesday night, so instead ran from work to Regents Park last night to play in the Charity Softball league 5 miles @ 8 min mile pace and then 3 miles of jogging around tourists and shoppers to get back to Charing Cross. Hardly the same (:

  2. Sounds like the type of run I would love. Glad your friend is back running again.