2015 disasters, history, mysteries and a marathon

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29 December 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching so the time has come to reflect. Over the next few days I will be looking back at the the highs and lows of the old year and reminding myself of the places I discovered and the lessons I learned. Along the way I’m hoping to get a little inspiration for the year ahead. Maybe there are places that could stand further exploration or mysteries that still need solving…
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The Thames Trail, a catalogue of errors

HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast

26 April 2015

Once I’d left Cutty Sark and crossed Deptford Creek, it was a relief to be away from the crowds and walking along the empty embankment. The creek, I found out later, was the site of the Battle of Deptford Bridge, the last battle of the Cornish Rebellion, on 17 June 1497. Created as a Royal Dockyard by Henry VIII, in the sixteenth century, Deptford Dockyard gave employment to many shipbuilders until its closure three hundred years later. In fact, in 1580, Queen Elizabeth I knighted Francis Drake there on board the Golden Hind. The ship remained moored in the creek until it broke up. It seems it a pity it couldn’t have been saved and restored because I would like to have seen it. Continue reading The Thames Trail, a catalogue of errors

Twenty miles Olympic Style and a towpath on the Thames

Dorney Lake
Dorney Lake

5 April 2015

Sunday morning was another early start. Commando had read about a company called The Race Organiser, who hold Marathon Preparation Races for people training for spring marathons. With the London Marathon just three weeks away, and his final long run on the horizon, he thought he’d give it a try. That way he’d be able to run his twenty miles under race conditions, with water stations, other runners and timing chips. As it was being held at Dorney Lake, in Windsor, around the lake built as the 2012 Olympic Venue for Rowing, Adapted Rowing and Flatwater Canoeing I was more than happy to go along as cheerleader, carrier of car keys and blister technician. Continue reading Twenty miles Olympic Style and a towpath on the Thames