Busy, busy, busy….

I’ve been somewhat neglecting this blog recently! Too busy keeping the Midland Masters Blog (http://midlandmasters.wordpress.com/)up to date and now… I have been requested to introduce a British Masters Blog (http://britishmastersaf.wordpress.com/)to be able to post details of the forthcoming National Masters Open Road Relays in May.  I’m also taking entries for this relay event and as the closing date is less than 3 weeks away, with only one entry so far received, I guess I’m going to be inundated with the other 200 plus at the last minute!! Fortunately, I have a team of people who will help me out with putting up all the numbers; declaration sheets etc before the day, so this will be a big help.

Well, what other things have I been up to?

In January I attended the Midland Masters Cross Country Championships and acted as unofficial photographer. Here’s my mate, Kenny (M80), finishing the 6k.

Ken Parry M80 finishing the 6k race

A fortnight later saw me at the Winter Tough Guy™. Because my helpers were less in number, it was decided by the organizers to use electronic chips for recording the times and places. This resulted for us a more relaxed and stress free day. But some problems, mainly as a result of the entrants NOT reading their instructions carefully and putting their chip on incorrectly, meant that around 500 were missing from the subsequent results. This is far more than a manual system although it takes days longer to produce. Rightly or wrongly it’s back to the manual system for July and the Nettle Warrior.

Mr Mouse

In February, my daughter Tracy and Grandson Sonny, travelled up from Cornwall to stay with us a few days. A lovely time was had by all.


Towards the end of February we travelled to the smoke for a concert by the wonderful Judith Owen in the Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre. Judith is a very talented singer/songwriter whose music is difficult to pigeon hole. http://www.judithowen.net/home/ Both jazz and opera influences are there together with a bit of folk, all in all a spiffing good show.

A visit to the  Tate Modern rounded of a very pleasant weekend.

Exhibit at Tate Modern

A week later in early March it was attending the Birmingham Town Hall together with other ‘fairporters’ for the concluding winter concert by Fairport Convention. Needless to say it was a highly entertaining evening.

Next day… back in Perry Park for the finals of the Young Athletes Cross Country League, looking after the marshals and even marshalling myself. The weather was kind and it’s great to see the young kids giving their all for their respective clubs.

March ended with last weekends visit to the Flat Pack Film Festival in Birmingham. We attended three films at the Electric Cinema, Buster Keaton’s “The Cameraman” with live piano accompaniment; Nicholas Cage’s “Bad Lieutenant” (a late night showing) and a documentary about the Odeon Cinemas with a talk on 30’s cinema.

The Electric Cinema, Birmingham

Altogether a smashing couple of days in Brum.


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