Wynand and Ansie went down to Cape Town to take part in the Cape Town Marathon. Cape Town being known for its baby weather (wet and windy) prompted Wynand to acquire two umbrellas, the short fold-up type the British so fondly refer to as a brolly. The 2 brollies were bought and packed, and off they were to the fair Cape. On the day of registration, when they left their place of accommodation, it was fine weather all round. But when they arrived at the venue to collect their respective numbers, it was duck weather.
And I give you one guess where the “brollies” were? No not in the handbag, not in the sport bag, not in the boot of the vehicle, but keeping the room in the guesthouse very dry from the sifting rain. It is like going to war without your rifle Wynand. In Cape Town, you take the “Brolly” with, even if the sun is shining.
In my previous report I mentioned Nadene Visser as a compulsive bleeder. She has done it again, this time sounding like an old TV sweet advert, “Take two, take two”. This time Nadene fell and had both knees bleeding. If memory serves me correct it is her 4 th bleeding experience to date this year. Was it a fall, or apologising for a wrong doing, only Louis will know?
I am sure you are all aware that taking shortcuts can have a negative outcome, like getting lost, running into trouble or worst, injuring yourself. But if the shortcut is taken indoors, in your own house, then a certain word springs to mind that I will not put pen to paper about.
Our vivacious blond Admin lady, Zelna Black, while skipping through her house like a primary school girl, took a shortcut and fractured her small toe against a door. Well that is the story she told us, it has not been verified by James yet. Sorry about the injury Zelna, hope to see you back on the road soon.
Just how big must you open your mouth to get both feet into it at once? Ask Andre Oosthuizen, he has the answer. Andre and Heidi Oosthuizen were talking to Wynand and Ansie at the club the Tuesday before the Chairman’s Ball. Wynand convinced them to attend and it was arranged that they would sit at the same table.
It is no secret that Ansie is a bit younger than Wynand, but boy, does she clean up well when out of her running clothes, to look even younger. The Oosthuizen couple joined the Breytenbach couple at their table and the evening went well until curiosity got the better of Andre and the question slipped out, “who is this lady with Wynand”? After the laughter had died down, and it was explained that it is the same Ansie that spoke to them on Tuesday, did the rush of blood turn Andre’s face into an obscure red colour. Andre, you can take your feet out of your mouth now, and don you running shoes again. If you speed up you will not only see Ansie from the back disappearing in the distance, you might even see her face.
Some people take events to a different level, and Werner van der Merwe did just that at the chairman’s ball. Werner and his companion, Thea van Helden hardly sat out one dance. If you are on the floor continuously like they were, I guess your shoes would need the type of protection the Rolling Stones sang about in “Under the Boardwalk” And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire proof. Werner basically danced the soles off his shoes. The sole actually separated from the shoe. Is it the dance style, the speed, the move, or a defect shoe? Werner, maybe you should be “Dancing on the ceiling” It is always sad when a child falls off his/her bicycle, but when an adult falls, it can be quite hilarious. Kerry Trentham was the lead vehicle “bicycle” for the walkers at our King Price race.
Now we are not placing any blame on the speed of the walkers, but Kerry was going so slow, he actually fell over. According to Kerry he could not get his foot out of the cleats and that is why he fell over. Another source of information on this matter feels it has something to do with the “spirit level” syndrome. No matter how Kerry sits or stands, the bubble stays in the middle. Kerry, be glad you did not ride as lead bicycle for the fast runners, because at that speed you could have hurt more than just the ego.
Cattle farmers will tell you, cattle have a constant need to replenish salt, especially in warmer weather. Thea van Helden must have resembled a salt lick or smelled like salt to cows while doing marshalling duty at the King Price race. Thea was standing with her little red flag, directing the runners when a number of cows approached her. She desperately wanted to “shoo” them away to clear the way for the runners, but the red flag seemed to attract the cows.
I am not sure if it was her shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, bath salt, body lotion or what, but the cows liked her smell. Maybe it was her perspiration, but the cows took to it and started licking Thea. Some of the runners actually stopped and patted the cows, maybe as encouragement, but Thea got a thorough wash from the cows. Thea, was all that wetness dripping down your legs just from the cows tongues? No you don’t have to answer.
Our helpers’ run was once again proof that a lead vehicle is a necessary requirement. Ansie Breytenbach, who ran the 10k and then had to go and ‘man’ the 18k water table pushed on a bit and was leading the pack, by far. So far ahead in fact that she did not know the exact route, and at that speed, her built in GPS did not function properly. So Ansie, like a few times in the past, did the scenic detour and ran a loooonnngg 10k. Sorry Ansie, but it comes with the territory.
Ns. Feedback received was that Zelna had some wire implant in her small toe. It did not do much for the pain in her toe, but the reception is much clearer for the cell phone.
Well folks that all for now, so cheers vir eers.
The Running Reporter