Take Ashley Williams as an example, Ashley, on the last Tuesday of training before Comrades, arrived at the clubhouse for his normal training. Ashley arrived as usual, took his kitbag and walked to the change room to get ready. 5 minutes later Ashley emerged, still fully clothed (not in running kit) and made his way to his car. You guessed it, all the kit, minus the running shoes were in the bag. Do any of you buy this story of “I forgot to pack in the shoes” Never mind Ashley, it is your choice ☺
Rumour has it that a certain high profile runner was also affected with the Comrades vibe, but in a completely different picture than that of Ashley. This person, I shall name Mr X, for reasons better not explained, acted, or shall I say over reacted in a way I have to explain.
This Mr X did not run Comrades this year but supported his wife. Not just support in one or two places, no, he went to not less than 7 places along the route to support his wife. At one of these support points, the road leading there was a gravel road and the cars were parked on the side of the road that felt like forever. Mr X parked his 4 X 4 and proceeded on foot to the support point. Another vehicle arrived, driven by a member of the fairer sex, and she just did not want this long walk and parked in the road (drive section), locked her vehicle and off she went.
Unfortunately when Mr X returned to his 4 X 4, he was boxed in, and so were others. Mr X was not a happy chap, and took stock of what can be done. If he broke her vehicles window to try and get it out of the way, criminal charges could be laid against him. Keeping a cool head, Mr X took off all identifiable clothing that could link him to a running club, and then put his plan into action.
Mr X, with a bit of backward and forwards was able to get his vehicle facing the rough outdoor, or shall we just say grasslands. He then took a towrope out of his 4 X 4 vehicle and attached the rope to the parked and locked vehicle and then to his 4 X 4. He then did all the parked vehicles a favour by towing the other vehicle a good distance into the grasslands and left it there. I guess someone learned a lesson that day!
Well folks, that’s it for this report, so cheers vir eers.
The Running Reporter