16 August 2014

A light breakfast at "Cafe on the Cop"

...I have started to follow "The Fry-Up Inspector" BBC Article and facebook

Here is my contribution:

10:22 - all this and a cup of tea for under £7.  I don't normally go in the first café I see but it was the black-pudding (and not having eaten since yesterday) that made the decision for me.

10:35 - the bread was exceptional and nice to have the beans "constrained" in a little bowl

Café on the Cop
It is a weird triangular shape inside - the open plan kitchen is at the pointy (and far-end) - you get to see all the cooking being done.  There are only about 7 tables. All three folks in this picture went in for breakfast.

Its up for rent/sale : http://www.julianspencer.com/property/cafe-cop

 I hope it stays a café.

26 July 2014

V-Weekend Part 0

...out of 136

Montacute is a spectacular venue for parkrun. The house was featured in "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and the grounds are full of lime-lined-avenues. Almost the whole course is on grass and a there lots of (potentially) muddly dips, tight turns and a sting-in-the-tail climb up to the finish - it is a slow course - no good for PBs but ideal for orienteers.

I am injured was going to take it easy but when you find yourself in this position after 1km... red mist


22 August 2013

Flying Ant Day - 2013

Hot, Humid and still...

This year in Bournville it is 22nd August - latest so far - was it the long winter?  I would have thought the alternately hot and wet spring and summer would have resulted in some catchup.

2012 No Record
2011 1st August
2010 12th August
2009 5th August

30 June 2013


Team Harlequins @ Harvester 2013
(click on the photos for a full size version)

7 leg night orienteering relay: I am on first leg @ 00:05, time to hydrate - what? The rest of my team are drinking wine!

...and sharing Sticky Toffee Pudding

Researching the final control - I got the fastest split on my gaffle/gaffel

Originally organised by friends who "combined to harvest trophies"

Cake-Of-Mortality Section

No captions - just observe the expressions 

Normal Service Resumed

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Padre Brian gestures a blessing to map and next leg runner

Another course, another deep and muddy marsh

Post title explained
I ran 11.5km (gps) for an 8.5km (nominal) course - when normally I would expect to only be about 10% over as measured by gps.  Explanation:

A) There was a lot of bracken - so I went round most of the time
B) There was a lot of bracken and the controls were hung very low indeed

This was mostly my fault - having crossed the ride, end of the spur and noted the pit I was mislead by what I think is an un-marked very shallow north-south ditch and then wallowed around in head high bracken for 5 further minutes (now absolutely last and did not see another competitor for 20 minutes

Careful bearing from the wide ride/path junction and then pace in... what no control?  Look up and down the re-entrant - nope - relocate off the path and marsh to the south.  The control kite was VERY low down in the vegetation.

Getting just a little miffed with the control visibility.  Relocated off the path to the west and then down the raised area.  Never saw the shallow gully at all.

 Here is the whole course (click for larger size)

22 June 2013

I love it when a plan comes togeth... err oops!

Training this month has been all about running a PB at my 50th parkrun - and at my home parkrun - Cannon Hill.  A fast run at Aberystwyth, followed by tapering down this week had me in good shape for a Saturday morning sub 19:30.  I even had written down my target splits on a scrap of paper and adjusted my Garmin to show lap speeds (target 3:49)

And then what did Birmingham Parks Department do?

Build two two metre high fences across the parkrun course - no explanatory notices - just a fence by The Mac and another on the small bridge some 200m further north.  No chance to safely squeeze round this second and no way parkrun can go ahead on its official measured 5000m route.  A great way serve ~350 rate paying residents.

It has been rumoured several times that Birmingham City Council do not like parkrun - which may explain why in a city of a million souls there is just Cannon Hill.

What to do?  I paced out an alternate route and then the standard route tracks either side of the bridge.  6 double paces difference - that ~10 metres - times two because we normally cross the bridge twice - and the organisers moved the start back 12 of my paces.

Result?  PB of 19:22 and on my 50th parkrun - so it is cakes next week - when I will be tail-runner and will get a PW*

...and with that all out of the way - it is time to start training for Poland (http://www.ardf2013.pl/) in September

...training for Poland...

*Personal Worst.