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Fetch Five - Big FeckSat November 1 2008 Listed by fetcheveryone
|_andy||Kinross Road Runners||29:58||34:17||1:13:00||29.88|
|Argie||East Essex Triathlon Club, Halesowen Triathlon||37:00||0||40:30||39:38||54.27|
|Barky||Hermitage Harriers RC||33:50||34:32||38:34||58.60|
|Fat Dave||Truro RC, Truro Running Club||34:42||0||51:56||41.19|
|Firestarter||Hermitage Harriers RC||31:52||31:52||0.00|
|Forest Faerie||Thetford AC||40:06||0||0.00|
|Gasping 4 breath||Unaffiliated||48:05||0||54:00||47.39|
|Hamsterbolt||Durham City Harriers & AC, Sheffield Hallam University AC, Trafford AC, Sarum Orienteering Club||28:42||0||40:00||51:15||46.25|
|HerefordshireLass||Black Pear Joggers||0||0||0.00|
|hls||York Postal Harriers||0||0||56:43||43.61|
|Iris||Long Eaton Running Club||44:02||47:09||53:31||45.28|
|JJ Flash||Spa Striders RC||0||0||39:16||67.04|
|LeGreg - hes back and he wants reve||Unaffiliated||0||0||0.00|
|loopy||Stornoway R & AC||39:40||0||0.00|
|Maclennane||R2D2 Hash House Harriers, Whitchurch Hampshire Adventure Race||44:16||0||47:27||45.00|
|Maisy||Robin Hood Striders||33:32||0||41:00||39:10||54.75|
|Nightjar||Bedford Harriers AC, LDWA||36:28||0||0.00|
|Peacey||White Horse Harriers AC||29:00||32:34||35:48||59.75|
|SherryB||Petts Wood Runners, Reebok Running Group||52:01||52:01||55:00||55:03||46.89|
|Silvershadow||Bedford Harriers AC||50:45||0||57:01||45.71|
|Simo||Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC||37:15||39:54||44:49||56.22|
|Sushi.||FERC, Cadence Tri||41:15||0||45:39||53.92|
|trumpton riots||Evesham Vale RC||38:13||38:48||45:00||50.22|
|Velociraptor||Cumberland AC, FERC||36:06||40:02||0.00|
|Vi Ninety Day Challenge||Burton AC||46:45||48:12||0.00|
|Winniefree||Penistone Footpath Runners AC||46:26||0||56:15||45.49|
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- On 4th Nov 2008 at 11:29am, Woffy wrote: Provided my fizzio gives me the all clear will run this.
- On 4th Nov 2008 at 3:56pm, StormProof wrote: Bribe? Not etihcal mate! (Did you know that I can cook?....)
On 28th Nov 2008 at 11:59am, JJ Flash wrote: A Friend in Fecking Need!
I have to admit, I spent most of November worrying about this Fecking challenge. I really wanted to do it, but I was struggling. I’m currently unemployed so I haven’t got money I can give away easily. I have got plenty of time though, so I could volunteer somewhere. The trouble with that is that I have no transport at present and my personal circumstances mean that I can’t about easily. So every five mile run I set out on to think about giving ended in me just coming up with excuses for why I fecking well couldn’t. I was disgusted with myself. I see myself as a giver, but what if I’ve been a taker all along? Has all my life been lived a massive cloud of self-deception?
Thank goodness I was able to pull myself out of it this morning.
I’ve known Dave for three years now. I recruited him into my last job and he has to be one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I have yet to find to single strand of unpleasantness anywhere in him. He quickly became one of the most loyal and reliable members of my team. Never the highest achiever he always tried and he would always be there to when needed someone to put in that little bit extra. I was never the kind of boss who builds barriers between herself and her team. Quite the opposite, I draw a clear line between business and personal. Business comes first and then I get to know people on a personal level as well because you spend an awful long time every week at work and it is quite dreadful when you’re unhappy. 18 months ago I helped him dig himself out of a depression when his partner left him. Partly that was work – I didn’t want to lose a good team member, and partly it wasn’t. Of a team of seven he is one of the four who keep in touch now that I have left the company, so I was concerned that he hadn’t called for a couple of weeks. Then last night I got a text – he is off with depression again.
I called him straight back. I won’t bore you lot with the details, but I held his hand for a while and listened. Why does the world always seem to treat really nice people so badly? So, anyway, it was a busy night last night. I forgot all about Dave and his problems until I was out running this morning. I don’t know about you, but I don’t run with an I-Pod because I find it interferes with my thinking and running time is definitely thinking time for me.
It was cold this morning. Living in a second floor flat I don’t always get to see what the temperature is doing, so for the first mile I was concentrating on warming my hands up. It’s a lovely route. The first three quarters of a mile takes you out of town, past a couple of housing estates and a cemetery but then the view improves as there are allotments and finally hedges and a stile into fields. At this time of year there is a new crop in, but the path is well defined and solid underfoot. The view in front is open fields and just over a mile in you go through a gap in a hedge and there is the River Avon below with the ruins of Guy’s Cliffe House. This morning it was breathtaking. There was a light mist and the house loomed romantically through it. There were no dog walkers for a change and I was in a world of my own. In a second I forgot my cold hands and my mind floated free as it tends to on a good run. The Saxon Mill loomed quietly out of the mist. The River Avon steaming gently as it tumbled over the weir. I myself avoided tumbling on the wood of the bridge. The elderly gentleman who is usually out on its balcony sweeping leaves or drinking his morning coffee when I run through was sensibly tucked up inside and my route swung back along the A road towards Warwick and the Grand Union Canal.
It was somewhere along here that Dave popped back into my head. I was musing on his situation as I dropped down the path onto the canal and turned back towards home. Last time he was in this situation I spoke to him on most days he was off. He unloaded a lot of his problems on me and I directed him to find some help. I visited him a couple of times when work took me down to cover problems near his home. I couldn’t really do any of that this time, or could I? I think it was at about the aqueduct that the idea popped into my head. I could bring him up here to take some time away from his problems. I don’t think I even saw the Avon as I went back over it on the towpath, I was so intent on trying to think the thing through. What could we do if came here? Adding a depressed man to my flat isn’t going to improve the general ambience, but we could go on lots of missions. The Cotswolds are only twenty minutes away. There is Christmas shopping in Birmingham (no, hang on, this is a man, that won’t work). He’s a keen photographer and like mountain bikes and there is plenty of opportunity for that kind of stuff here.
I couldn’t wait to get home. My Garmin tells me I achieved a genuine negative split out there this morning. The run is a little bit short of five miles, but I hope I will be forgiven for that. I couldn’t extend it, I was just too keen to get home and get on with it. I rang him as soon as I got in. He’s delighted and is arranging to come up next week. It’s made a big difference to him.
It’s made a difference to me too. I was going about this all the wrong way. I was trying to think of things to do. I was focussed on myself and on what I might get out of it. That was a big mistake. As soon as I focussed on someone else and their problems it all came clear. Perhaps I am a giver after all. The jury is still out, but it looks a lot more hopeful.
On 28th Nov 2008 at 1:10pm, Simo wrote: That was actually a 5+, but since it is no REAL race, I guess it is fine.
I have been thinking about the 'nice thing to do' for quite a while. Well, I already give to charity, bring old clothes to charity shops (maybe that shouldn't count, they are doing ME a favour, really, by taking them in), I am a potential organ and bone marrow donor... but I do believe lots of people tick all these boxes in the running community (yes, we are nice people).
So, the one thing I have come up with will not sound really grand, but I believe in the power of little things repeated over time. When I do my solitary runs on the canal I make a point to say good morning and smile to everybody. Most time I am greeted back and I see a lot of smiles blossom on people's faces. Some faces really go through a transformation, from closed, absent, wrapped around maybe in unpleasant thought, to awake, open and friendly. Sometimes I wish I had a video camera to record this magic moments.
The other great thing is that smiling and greeting makes me feel good, and makes my run even more enjoyable. I happen to see some surprised faces. Some people do not respond, but I am sure they will, in time...
Oh, last but not least, it is a free gift, so the credit crunch has no influence on it...
- On 28th Nov 2008 at 11:22pm, Mr. White wrote: Have just set up a DD for the Fishermen's Mission. They looked after my cousin and his colleague after their boat sank off Portland Bill in Dec 2006. The Mission found my cousin somewhere to stay and paid for some clothes and a flight home for them both. They were both really luck to get out alive, the skipper didn't make it unfortunately. Anyway, I've been meaning to donat some money to the FM as they don;t get any govt help so the Fetch Five has kicked me in the pants to finally do it!