This run was originally scheduled for last month, but the snow and ice got in the way and a select group of Harriers bravely ran around some of the town’s finest car parks instead.
So here we go again, hopefully, second time lucky ………..
Is James Smith having the last laugh?
It’s longstanding former member James Smith’s funeral this Friday and my plan was to revisit one of his old routes so we could enjoy it with a cheeky smile on our faces, just as he would have done.
No rain on the parade but plenty of snow. No more snow is forecast to fall but depending on the state of snow and ice on the pavements on Wednesday the route may be amended.
Here is a photo of James (perhaps taken outside the George & Dragon in Speldhurst on the annual Longest Day Run ?) combining running, drinking and of course, being with his friends.
This week’s run is a repeat of one James Smith set for us in October 2010. Old “Nine Pints”, who has been a member for almost 20 years, ran for the club over all distances. Despite being built for comfort rather than speed he completed several outstanding marathons and was frequently seen propping up the bar on a Wednesday night. If he had been here, I’m sure he would wax lyrical about how he use to speed up Cleveland and Sausage Factory Hill (in the pre Strava era, so no evidence !)
So, with James as this week’s Routemaster , fasten your seat belts and let’s go …..we leave down Warwick Park and run an anti-clockwise circuit around Tunbridge Wells.
The full route is 6.6 miles and the shorter route 4.8 miles – something for everyone.
This week’s route is mostly well lit but please try and stay in groups as much as possible, looking out, especially for guests, and newer members and wear something bright with a head torch as an optional accessory.
The current forecast for Wednesday is for a dry and mild 10C.
The route is titled “Any more tickets, please?” and I have no idea why. The best explanation might receive some of James’s favourite tipple, Watneys Party Seven, a can that holds 7 pints worth of the worst beer imaginable, but is always seen at the best parties!
Tea Total Trevor and his faithful canine are behind the bar afterwards, still selling the finest beer (Harveys), wine and soft drinks in the immediate vicinity, at special prices, with no trace of World Cup reject larger.
7:30 prompt start from the Nevill – change rooms, showers and bar all open – it’s time to commit!