Take cycling for instance, the basic rules are that the cycle has to be moving faster than standing still, otherwise the cyclist tends to fall, unless they put at least one foot out to support the body & cycle. Belinda Skinner clearly forgot about these basic steps recently when she was paddling uphill and started going slower and slower until there was practically no more forward movement.
Having a nice road bike with cleats fitted to the pedals she could not get her foot out fast enough and fell ever so gently. No serious damage was done to the body but I have it from reliable sources that Belinda’s derrière is sporting an ugly blue mark. Don’t worry Belinda; normally it is the ego that has the lasting bruise not the body.
Some of our members will go to extreme measures to get their names on a trophy that would ultimately end up in the club’s trophy cabinet. Louis v/d Merwe did just that the other night at the time trial. Louis has realized some time ago that the possibility of getting his name on a trophy was not that likely, so Louis took matters into his own hands.
Louis parked himself on a club chair with a tall drink in his hand and closely watched the other members. And when nobody was looking he converted the white plastic chair into a recliner, because the legs of the chair just gave way and Louis fell backwards, very nearly succeeding in depositing himself into the trophy cabinet.
Now Louis is blaming it on the condition of the chair and the slippery floor, but I think it was a planned move to try and get into the trophy cabinet. Believe me in this whole falling episode Louis never spilled a drop of his tall drink. I leave you, the reader to be the judge.
Our third faller of the month is none other that our club captain. Joy has purchased a new Garmin 310xt. I know Joy will never admit to it and will blame something else but the fact of the matter is she was staring at her new Garmin 310xt and did not look where she was running. Don’t worry Joy, we all know when a new app is purchased we all like to stare at it, but advice from someone who has bought parts of the road in the past, stare at the watch while sitting at the dinner table. The light is better and the surface not so uneven.
Our last story of the month is about categories of runners. You get age categories, sex & disability categories. Then we get serious & casual category runners. Now one would think that the serious runners are the podium position runners, event winners, competition competitors and runners improving on their PB weekly. The casual runners are like me that just beat the cut-off time and then wash off the excitement with a black label. But there is another type of casual runner, and I want to sketch you a runner like that in our club.
This runner has won competitions, awards, obtained provincial colours etc, so we could easily mistake this runner as a serious runner but not at the Sunny park race. Henk Moen on the day went for a warm-up run, or so I suspected because when the field for the 21 was loaded and waiting for the starter’s gun, Henk was running towards the start line from the opposite direction.
When the race started all runners made the normal dash and then the back markers made their way across the street leaving the next batch (10k runners) behind. Then stone last the single figure of Henk Moen appears, walking slowly, with a cup of coffee and a rusk. The back markers were disappearing but Henk walked ever so slowly through the intersection, sipping coffee and dunking a rusk.
As if in amazement, Henk looked up and realized he was loosing sight of the very last runner in the 21k race. He briefly stopped, finished his rusk, and then handed the remaining coffee to a spectator along the route and started jogging. I guess the spectator was lucky to receive warm coffee with the remains of a rusk at the bottom all for free. Now that is what I call a casual runner, with attitude.
Well folks, that all for now so cheers vir eers.
The Running Reporter