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Sunny Severn Half

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

In marked contrast to last year’s event, this August Bank Holiday the Severn Bridge Half Marathon was blessed with blue rather than grey skies (perhaps because they removed the sun from the medal?!). I was, once again, rather unsure of how I would fare as I stood on the start line. This time it was the discussion I’d had with a physio three days earlier about starting a run-walk programme to relieve my right knee pain that was praying on my mind.

As it transpired, I need not have worried. Whether it was something the physio had done, the adrenaline from the race, or the large ibuprofen I’d taken that morning, my knee hardly bothered me at all during the race. If anything, the exercises that I’ve been doing over the past couple of months meant my legs felt stronger than usual. As we came back over the bridge, I was able to haul in a few runners and finished 12th in 1:23:52, knocking a full minute off my time from last year. Apparently I’m due a prize as 2nd MV40 although it has to be said that the first placed vet was over seven minutes ahead of me!

Given the sunshine, rather than racing off back to the car as last year, I had fun with the children handing out bananas to finishers and, towards the end, anyone who would take a bag or two off our hands!

Romsey Relay Marathon

Friday, May 31st, 2019

One of the Scout leaders had submitted a team for the Romsey Relay Marathon (10 legs of 2.6 miles) and persuaded Christine and me to run. Given the event has been running for seven years and its proximity, I’d never heard of it before but it was big enough to reduce traffic through Romsey to a crawl on the way into the Broadlands estate!

There had been a few dropouts in the run-up to the event, including Christine. This meant I ended up running both the fourth and ninth legs. I was pleased with the consistency of my timing: 14:46 on the first and 14:42 on the second. Emma was standing in for Christine and really impressed us with her determination to keep going given the heat of the day. She put in a very respectable time of 22:49 (far from the slowest in the team). The team as a whole finished in a time of 3 hours 34 minutes, well within the top half of the finishers and fifth charity team.

A lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday even if perhaps not the best thing for my knee recovery!

Heathcote Mausoleum

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Despite having blogged about it here a week ago, I still failed miserably to sign up for any of the Heritage Open Day activities this weekend. We returned to Hursley this afternoon though for one that didn’t require booking. It’s a building that I’ve passed numerous times, generally en-route from work to the Dolphin pub in the village! It stands in the grounds of the church and is the mausoleum constructed by the Heathcote family (who built the main body of the current Hursley House) over 200 years ago.

The details indicated that it had space for 35 coffins on either side. Somehow, I had assumed that this meant it descended underground. It hadn’t occurred to me that they’d just be stacked five stories high! The plaque on the outside shown here indicates that Samuel Heathcote is buried instead in the churchyard, going to the lengths of being buried 12ft deep to ensure that no-one tried to exhume him to move him to the family mausoleum! He wasn’t the only one to prefer the ‘open air’ with eleven other members of the family being buried outside. The last ‘deposit’ in the mausoleum was in 1925 but there’s still plenty of space for more…


Friday, March 27th, 2009

727We returned from holiday to two offers on our house. One buyer then leapfrogged the other taking us to well within 5% of the asking price. With no further bidding we decided to accept the offer. However, the following day the other buyer came back with a higher offer again. Just a couple of thousand over but they also had the advantage of being a cash buyer. This is our first time selling and we were at a bit of a loss what to do. Asking around at work and a quick poll on Twitter seemed to suggest we should simply go for the highest offer. In the end though we did the honourable thing and stuck with the offer we had already accepted. Hopefully the good will this generated will help smooth the rest of the process. Now we just need to find somewhere to move to!

For Sale

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

After much indecision and procrastination we finally put our house on the market this week. Currently the plan is simply to make the most of the current downturn and upsize locally. That relies on us finding somewhere we want to move to though! At the moment I’m paranoid about getting a decent offer on our current place and being nowhere near finding somewhere we like. Our main problem is that we don’t need a massive house but we would like a decent sized garden. These days, if a property had some space around it, someone has invariably built an ugly extension on it! (Having viewed a few properties now we’ve seen a couple of those!) Anyway, if you’d like to buy a three bedroom house in Chandler’s Ford with a great outlook (or would just like a nose at where we live now!) then you can find the details on rightmove.

Sly insurers

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

We took Norwich Union’s free 7 day driveaway cover when we picked up our new car and, after a bit of research, I decided that I couldn’t beat the annual quote that they’d given at the same time. I’d asked them to phone me back on Friday so told them to go away when they phoned on Wednesday evening. Then no-one phoned on Friday! When I phoned them today I think I made the mistake of giving the reference number for the temporary cover rather than the quote. They then proceeded to give me another quote for £5 more. They agreed to match the price of the original quote though and we went ahead. Only when the paperwork for the original quote turned up in the post later in the day did I discover that they had also managed to increase the excess by £100. After another prolonged phone call they agreed to decrease it again but we’ll see what actually happens.


Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

We finally traded in our ageing Seat Leon at the weekend and on the way to Fritham I picked up the replacement – a three year old Focus 1.6 LX Estate. We couldn’t bring ourselves to buy an MPV but were looking for a little more space in boot. So far the only complaint is that the engine is a little on the noisy side, for example in 5th gear it’s happy pootling along at 60mph but any faster and it seems to be straining a bit. I’ll miss the handling of the Leon but not the massive servicing bills we’ve had over the past couple of years.

Blood letting resumes

Monday, September 29th, 2008

After an enforced break due to my appendectomy I gave blood today for the first time in just over a year. It reminded me how painless the process is. Indeed, half an hour away from my desk in an otherwise hectic day was actually a welcome break. If you don’t give blood already, please do consider it. You can find your nearest session on the National Blood Service website.