London Marathon Thoughts

I’ve not blogged for a while as I’ve recently been in London for an extended break to support the GG as she ran the Flora London Marathon! Catching up on the backlog of e-mails, voice-mails and other tasks upon our return to Tubb Towers has kept me busy since then, so no blog posts until now.

As for our trip itself – I couldn’t be prouder of the GG, as she ran the Marathon in 3 hours 15 minutes and 17 seconds – just 17 seconds shy of an Elite Ladies time! For someone who has only been running a couple of years, I think you’ll agree that is a fantastic time! She finished 102nd Female overall (yes, overall!) and 24th female in her Category. Amazing!

The Marathon route was obviously packed at every spot, but we did manage to see Linda a couple of times and cheer her on, thanks to the excellent London Marathon Mobile web-site which allowed you to track runners progress around the course.

As a result of people sponsoring her run, £160 has already been raised "on-line" and another couple of hundred pounds "off-line". There is still time to donate yourself, as you can easily give to the Running Rabbit’s charity of choice – Mind, The Mental Health Charityby visiting this page.

As for myself – thank-you for all the kind words and concerned e-mails – but yes, I did manage to visit London Public Houses at nearly all 26.2 miles of the Marathon course, and yes, I do know it’s a stunning, nay, Herculean, achievement. Thank-you everyone for your support of my efforts whilst the GG did her short jog.

I notice that whilst I’ve been away some wags have been teasing me about my apparent shift of loyalties from Microsoft to Linux in the form of my new "baby", an Asus Eee PC. I can assure everyone (including Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer who apparently had a panic attack and bad-mouthed Vista in a fit of rage when he heard of the news of my alleged betrayal) that I am not about to defect to the Penguin Camp anytime soon.

However, my love for my Eee PC is nothing to be ashamed of, and in celebration of that, you can find below a series of photographs when I took it sight-seeing in the Capital. Sadly there was no space left on the Digital Camera memory card for any photographs of the GG, but she’s very understanding in these matters.

Me and the Eee PC on the train to London   Me and the Eee PC in the hotel in London
Me and the Eee PC in Canary Wharf   Me the Eee PC and a 3G Card in Canary Wharf
Me and the Eee PC on the River Thames   Me and the Eee PC at Tower Bridge

Yes, the last bit *is* a joke. <grin> Well done Linda on such a fantastic achievement, and more importantly, continuing to put up with me in spite of everything. 🙂


3 Responses to “London Marathon Thoughts”

  1. 1 Matt April 22, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    those photos so totally scream \’DORK!!\’ but Gold bless ya matey… Now, when will you truly see the light, put that fisher price toy down and get an Apple Air? 😀

  2. 2 Richard April 22, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Fisher Price? How dare you refer to my Eee PC like that! I prefer to think of it as a "Duplo Laptop". lol. Oh, and probably wise not to use Firefox 3 beta to leave comments next time. 😉

  3. 3 Matt April 23, 2008 at 1:35 am

    You\’re sooooo right! why didn\’t I just use Safari in the FIRST place?!? 😀
    (And I ashamedly admit, I\’ve TRIED to figure out a reason to have a device that sits between an iphone and macbook pro… I just can\’t do it though 😦 Sorry…)

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