Jake and I are in Liphook for a few days, staying with my Mum and Dad whilst Carolyn is "away with the girls". A long journey yesterday, hampered by all cliches regarding the M25 becoming reality. The area seems to alter every time we visit. The biggest of these is the new A3 Tunnel at Hindhead, the famous bottle-neck that caused countless delays for commuters and holiday makers travelling between London and Portsmouth over the years. This will come to an end next week when the tunnel opens, however I can't help feeling annoyed (along with my fellow drivers yesterday evening) that the tunnel has been ready for over 3 weeks, and on the busiest Friday of the year it remained closed. It appears this is due to waiting for the current Minister for Transport to find a window in his diary to commence the pomp to snip the tape.
I'd like to thank my Mum and Dad for the generous donation they made last night on my justgiving site - this really gives me a boost and helps with the confidence they have in me to reach the 100 - thanks again!
Jake opted to sleep with me last night, and getting up early for the run today I thought I had managed to get away without waking him up. Not so. I heard a small voice from behind the door as I tip-toed down the stairs. "Dad - my legs are aching...". A quick check of his blood sugar reading confirmed this and he was soon playing on his DS whilst taking a glug of Lucozade and a couple of biscuits. Job done.
I did the route I worked out yesterday, taking in old familiar sights of the A3, Hammer Vale - passing the Prince of Wales pub, where I used to drink way too much of the lovely Butser Ale, and the strong HSB. I made my way back to Lynchmere, over past Highfield School and back around the village and my old schools. A trip down memory lane if ever there was one.
Elizabeth Sheils has asked that I dedicate today's run to her Mum, Loraine which I am happy to do - in fact today's run will be dedicated to both of them.
Here is Elizabeth's email to me regarding the dedication:
Thanks Elizabeth - today's run is for you and Loraine