ASA requires from all clubs to submit photos of their clubs (clothing) colours. This is to assist them in pointing out to new clubs that wish to register if their intended colours is or will be clashing with existing clubs attire. Our club manager, Wynand was given this task as part of his job output at the club. With the assistance of Dave from the clothing shop, a running outfit was laid out to be photographed by Wynand for this very same purpose.
Wynand did not trust anybody to take the photos but himself as he is very particular about the lighting, focus etc. Wynand proceeded to take photos from the front angle & back angle as well as a few extra shots just for in case. By now you would have gathered that this occurred on Tuesday the 1st April at the club. On Wednesday Wynand proceeded to download the photos to his computer to forward to ASA.
Unfortunately no photos could be found!!! The reason for this strange phenomenon is that the camera that Wynand used (his own) did not have a SD Card inside so no photos could be saved on the camera. Wynand then realised that he never replaced the SD Card after downloading photos taken at a race over the weekend. Now if that is not the ultimate April fool’s joke to play on yourself, then I invite better stories from our readers.
Dedication is not something that is found that often in the new South Africa, but we are fortunate in our club to have one of these dedicated “educators”. Years ago they were called teachers, but today they are called educators. I can’t imagine the lyrics in Pink Floyd’s “Brick in the Wall” if we had to change teacher to educator.
Stephanie Steenkamp, an educator, after doing her 10k at the Ford race made use of her waiting time for her hubby to finish the 21k to grade examination papers for her school. I have seen lots of activity at the tent after a race but grading exam papers was a first. Well done to our dedicated “educator”. I trust that you were not too tired to see clearly and calculate correctly because it looked like maths papers to me.
Not all things with the same name are equal. Some are just more equal than others. Take plasters for instance. Travers Snyman, a man with Comrades experience has been using a certain brand of plasters for years to be “nipple caps” while running/jogging. For the Ford race Travers used a new, much cheaper, much brighter, made in China, brand of plasters to cover his nipple for the 21km race. And this is where the normal finishers and the bleeders were separated.
When I first saw Travers when he arrived back at the tent I was not sure if it was a serious chest wound (possible stabbing), or a nasty fall. The front of his vest was soaked in blood. At closer inspection I realized that the blood line was at nipple level and cascaded down to waist level. Travers, I trust that you have learned your lesson. Stick to the tried and tested plasters, it will spare you the pain and embarrassment.
Well folks, that’s it for this month so cheers vir eers.
The Running Reporter