Avoid Trail Runs With Little Bears!

Happy New Year one and all ❤️

As you all know, Sooty and I have a special arrangement. Not unlike the USA and Britain. Although I’ve never been 100% sure who is the hand… who is the puppet 😂

Sooty is going home tomorrow and wanted one last trail run, don’t try this at home 😂

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Just Mulling

Twas the night before Christmas

All was calm, awaiting the freeze

No resemblance to Xmas pasts

Ravaged by disease

Separated from ones we love

But only for a while

Ruled by the ones above

Who really make me smile

Remember it’s only a day

We will meet again

Party, love, run and play

So my friends suck up the pain

Christmas is a day

Friends are for life 

Happy Christmas you lot ❤️❤️❤️

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I’m Confused

This isn’t a new thing. There have been many things which have confused me over the years. I think it started with Physics and Chemistry lessons at eleven-years-old.

That’s me on the left, they said I needed glasses too, but after I had broken 11 pairs, I was handed a roll of sellotape…

Girls confused me for a while, until I broke away from the Bradford council estate culture. Travel broadens the mind, so they say. It did for me; I also discovered girls were human beings and not sex objects to be kept barefoot and pregnant, contrary to the council estate mentality I had left behind. So, I was doing rather well… great relationships with the opposite sex and no physics or chemistry.

Recently though the present situation has totally confused me. Apparently last night a Tier 4 was invented, I’m not quite sure what Tier 3 is yet and someone said Christmas is cancelled? As we’re a Christian country I think that might be pushing our luck. We’ve pissed Europe off, but the big guy? I mean… it is his only son’s birthday…

There doesn’t appear to be any official photos of God, so I decided on one of me as an unconfused younger man. 😉

Soaps started to confuse me so I stopped watching. It appears the only story lines available are terminal diseases, manipulating men and everyone shagging themselves senseless, maybe that’s a reflection of our society 😂

But today my final refuge confused me. WordPress. A lot of people I follow seem to have vanished, when I search for them it says I am already following them. When I try to ‘like’ a post it says I need to sign in, when I try to sign in it says I am already signed in, then when I click ‘like’ it shuts down… maybe physics and chemistry wasn’t so bad after all?

Be safe my dear friends and enjoy your non-Christmas as best you can 😘😘

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Remember Me

How will you be remembered, or specifically how would you like to be remembered? This was a question posed to me by my friend Carolyn

Apparently, I’m so laid back I am horizontal, so I guess out of all the photos this would be the one I would pick. As it turns out, I found this a very difficult question but to be brutally honest my answer was in fact that I don’t really care. The Princess used to say, “It’s always all about you.”

To which I replied, “It always has been.” I mean, it is my life isn’t it? 😂

When I was a nipper I guess I would have wanted to be remembered as a kind of explorer, daredevil, tough guy, lover (well, maybe lover came later😉)

But as you get older none of that seems so important, or is it that you’ve achieved those things in a roundabout way? And so you’re complete? I can still be a bit ‘shonky’ (the Princess’s description from years ago meaning corrupt.) These days she has a habit of muttering, ‘and the legend continues!’

I’ve always done right by people as best I can. I think I’ve kept my integrity, although the education system tried to steal it and failed. I guess at the end of the day if I had to choose something. It would be cool if someone said, “Remember, Charlie?” and it brought a smile to everyone’s face.

Now, that can interpreted in many ways 😘😂


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What exactly is that? Lifestyle. It appears to have a very broad spectrum. Food, fitness, clothes, even the shape of your genitals can have an effect upon your lifestyle (Don’t ask! It was a woman’s discussion programme I inadvertently wandered into 😂)

A healthy lifestyle is not smoking, not drinking too much, or at all and keeping fit, physically and mentally. That’s just for starters. If you’re not sure where to start you can join a gym, or at least you could before they shut them all two weeks ago.😂

You could buy a book, read articles or even engage an expert who will put you through hell as part of a rigorous training regime. If you want to stop smoking you can ‘Vape.’ Although people are now drowning because of the moisture sitting in their lungs from vaping.

I read an article the other day that said if you stop smoking over 60 years-old you have less chance of dying, hmmm a curious statement. I wonder if they missed a bit?

You can get a personal shopper and I guess they dress you. You can also get a dietician who tells you what to eat and drink.

Now you’ll have forgive me here but didn’t we used to call these people mummy?

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Dear Lord, He’s Back!

Everything was going swell (do you like that? A little word thrown in there for my american cousins) Anyaways, life was great. I rejoined the gym last Thursday and I’ve been doing cross-country in the dark on Wednesday evenings with some friends. Cross-country in the dark is amazing, until you get lost in the forest. This particular evening it was just myself and the three girls. I did hope wonder if it was a preconceived plan to lure me in there alone but it wasn’t.

Of course this Thursday they have closed the gyms and locked us down for a month. I am one of those lucky people who isn’t affected by such things, ce la vie, as they say. But I am concerned for those who are affected and hope it is only a four week lock-down. Although I have to say after spending years (and I mean years lol) running and training alone I have become very fond of the company. The Princess is of an opinion that it’s females I am predominately surrounding myself with and makes overtones about Charlie’s Angels.

There’s a certain amount of truth in this, I’ve always preferred the company of girls. It started in the infants, they don’t smell, pick their nose, spit, punch you in the face when they’re drunk or flick their towel at your genitalia in the changing rooms. I’ve always found them to be rather pleasant company too.

I suppose I had better get back to the title? I know, I have digressed, it’s not old age I’ve always done it. You must be wondering by now? Well it’s Sooty, yes he’s decided if we’re going into lock-down he’s moving back in! Last night was his first night and he was quite keen to do some cross-country in the dark. If you’ve ever considered doing something similar with a small fluffy bear I would advise against it!

So there you are, you lovely people. Stay safe, stay healthy, be kind to one another and if you are in the USA, I hope the officials have remembered how to count by now xxxx

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My Last Time

Nope, this isn’t one of those posts either, although it could have been in a hotel room😂. It’s been a funny old year. Last winter I trained hard, only to get one go at it and now I have to start winter training all over again. It can be so frustrating but at least I got some release last Sunday. When, eventually, I do get to perform, I can take solace in the fact, I will be well prepared. I’m talking road races here… where are you?

So last Sunday saw the running of the Haltemprice 10k. It’s pronounced Holtemprice, by the way… I dunno it’s just what I’m told… the wonders of the English language. I did wonder how 300 runners could do a 10k road race and maintain social distancing (incidentally it should be called, anti social distancing? I miss my cuddles!!)

But it was so well organised there were no distancing issues, we started in 3’s at five second intervals. Of course you need a large field/area close to the start for a holding pen. Anyaways this was my second and final chance this year and after all the setbacks with the Achilles I was fairly happy

The main point was I got to see so many old running comrades, mainly from parkrun, still cancelled after all this time. Funny but the old adage is so true, ‘You never miss it until it’s gone.’

So, a happy Sunday morning with a 5k PB at 22:23 and a second fastest 10k. A great run with Jo my adorable running partner and importantly, a lovely time with lovely friends, now that’s got to be good for your mental health? Be safe you lovely people. 😍😍xxx

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My First Time

Yeah, like I’m really going to put that up here, although for those that are curious it was at the rear of Morrison’s supermarket by the bins. 😉 Oh! we had such class in the 70’s! Nope this is my first 10k race since the Achilles nonsense, it appears to be improving. So I’m hoping to comeback faster, stronger and fitter… hmm! Although there are some who say my footwear was to blame, I’m not so sure 😉

They have organised a 10k race in Hull called the Haltemprice 10k with up to 500 runners. If your worried about social distancing its okay we set off in three’s at five second intervals. Obviously we 500 will not get close to one another during the 6 mile run. Okay maybe we’re invoking the rule of Trump here. I do mean Donald not the noise I make during Pilates by the way.

I’m nearly ready, the safety pin check has been carried out. For the uninitiated these are for pinning the number to your vest not for the nappy but I guess I’m not to far away from that one? I used to watch the first Rocky film before a run (don’t ask) Later I switched to Chariots of Fire. These days it should probably be Grumpy Old Men 😂

Anyaways I’ve got my lovely running partner, Jo to keep me company, now I can strongly recommend running with a younger woman. There again I can strongly recommend doing anything with a younger woman. 😘 I have my race number already, Yoga commences straight after this post and it’s carb loading Pizza for tea (dinner to you posh lot). Enjoy your weekend you lovely people and keep safe.

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Wild in the Country Day 2

The majesty of the wilds encourages you to reconsider values. These rocks, these meadows, along the coastline, formed between 200 and 145 million years ago, are totally untouched by our present situation. They don’t care if we have a bad day at work lol.

There are dinosaur fossils on the beach and yet some of us become irate if we miss an episode of Eastenders. Anyaways here we were on our trek. There was a plan but as I have said before it usually goes to pot.

We spot a couple looking at a sign post and someone says, ‘Which way are you headed?’ I stare at the Princess in disbelief. They tell us they are heading for Robin Hoods Bay. ‘So are we and it’s that way,’ states the royal one. As we move off they shout that they will follow us. I smile. Good luck with that, my sense of direction is not brilliant.

Some months ago I entered The Drop. Basically they blindfold you, drop you 15 miles from the center of York and you run back. No map, no phone, no assistance whatsoever. The following day I overheard the Princess on the phone asking if you still had to wait seven years before proclaiming a missing person as deceased!!

On route we discovered the Alum Works, now this took a bit of figuring out. Me? I thought it was Aluminium lol. Apparently it was used to repair dye in clothes and was the birthplace of the English chemical industry and with the arrival of synthetics it was abandoned, so there y’go

Anyaways I digress… we managed about fourteen kilometres reached Robin Hoods Bay, got back safely and did actually see the aforementioned couple in the hotel that night.

I must say though, if you go to the Bay call in at Barkers ice cream shop they do chocolate shots from a fountain, OMG I think I bounced home.

I’m not doing Day 3 as it was another longish walk in the opposite direction and it rained nearly all day. I think were depressed enough without blog posts where people get soaked and covered with mud… Needless to say it was great to be away from it all. Keep safe you lovely, lovely people and remember every new beginning has to have an ending. xx

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In The Wild Country (Day One)

There is a place where the wild things go, so they tell me. Possibly just another myth but if it exists I’ve found a few of them over the years. So, after months of media scaremongering with if’s, but’s and maybe’s, coupled with a billion theories on the present situation which no one has a clue about, we made a decision. “Off to the moors,” we cried. I booked us into the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar, which straddles a cliff edge overlooking the North Sea.

Exploration began immediately (I was rather keen to get back before nightfall) We decided on a short walk, although the Princess and I never achieve this, due to our loss of concentration and constant banter 😂

It soon became evident we were not alone, although I’m not sure these could be classed as ‘wildlife,’ the horse was friendly as were the young bulls but after spotting Daddy we decided against crossing the field 🥴

After chatting away for nearly two hours and eventually checking the map, it was evident that we were going to have to cover 6 miles (10k) and climb the equivalent of 90 sets of stairs (according to Garmin), so we headed back. The long walk was supposed to be tomorrow!

As we approached the hotel from a different angle we debated on the castle structure which we hadn’t noticed before. The Princess thought it was Roman whereas I with my vast reading of Bernard Cornwell novels knew it to be Norman. We were a little disappointed to find out it was in fact built by the Reverend Dr Willis in the 1800’s There were some great views of the sea, once inside and of course every castle should have a reclining Princess! 😂

So, the first day of exploration done, we headed to our room to prepare for a night of good food, wine and merriment. But I wasn’t expecting the view of Robin Hoods Bay from our hotel room window which strangely enough was our hiking aim for the morrow, gee it looks a long way. I hope you all had a lovely weekend my friends 🙏❤️

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