Despite a distinct lack of readiness (i.e. any training at all), I turned out for GlosPol at the PSUK National Championships at Harthill, Tattenhall in Cheshire. This was on the one day of the year when air pollution was at it's highest, so running anywhere was probably not a good idea. Running this particular course, which normally hosts mountainbike races, was extra challenging due to the 3 opportunities to climb the same hill on each of the 3 laps. I 'raced' quite slowly accordingly. The pictures capture all of the enjoyment:
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Tim and I drove through a rainstorm to sunny Malvern, where the skies cleared as we climbed out of the town. We rested on a bench in the balmy conditions. However, Spring soon gave way to Winter:
Shortly afterwards, at the summit where ice lay on the ground, a hailstorm blew in.
The almost complete whiteout was accompanied by freezing winds
We carried on again under sunny skies along the spine of the hills, with 50 mile views North and South. On the way back a rainbow curved over the peak and we stopped to enjoy the moment. A beautiful day.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Team Turtino led the way around The Verderers' Trail FOD on a beautiful MTB day, clear skies, warm, breeze.... the 'selfie' captures the day perfectly. And the video obviously!
Luke relaxes his way down
Will at full blat on his new full-suspension
Monday, 24 February 2014
We have managed to avoid any 'massages' or having anything tailor made for us, despite insistent offers. Also, we have not ventured into any of the 'bars' that only have young ladies in them, fearing that drinks weren't the only thing for sale. The dirty underbelly of tourist Thailand is never far away but the positives far outweigh these negatives. The sea is warm, the climate and welcome too. After more than three months travelling, it's time to go home. We hope to avoid the civil unrest and get through Bangkok airport tonight to finish the journey.
Saturday, 22 February 2014
Like many holiday places, Hua Hin grew out of a fishing village (the name means 'stone head' from the smooth boulders studding the beach). Siam's Southern railroad connected it to Bangkok in 1903 and it then grew as first a destination for Thais, then later foreigners. A wedding yesterday on the waterfront, with a reception in the hotel grounds underlined the draw of the place internationally.
Friday, 21 February 2014
We scoffed our way through multiple courses in our bid to try the entire Nigella Flirts With Thailand recipe book. Our favourite passing trader was the girl on the mobile flower scooter shop, which took up the whole street. She rode texting her pals without looking up - or hitting anything. We did more quality shopping at 'Thaimark' after.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Hua Him is Thailand's oldest beach resort and the royal family stay here during the hot season (March to May) in their Klaikangwon Palace nearby. The former Royal Garden Resort, our hotel has tropical lagoons and gardens, providing a somewhat more authentic experience than the other nearby high rise hotels in town.