I'm still standing (yeah yeah yeah)...

I'm still standing (yeah yeah yeah)...

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Well, I did it.

Might not have run every step, but I was running when I set off and when I crossed the finishing line and my knees only started complaining the day after.

Granted they haven't shut up since, but hey - I knew they weren't built for running when i started this.

As is traditional with personal achievements, someone else must take some of the credit - and in this case, it's The Wife.

As I stood wondering why people felt the need to applaud the band of The Household Cavalry playing God Save The Queen (isn't it their job to play that one song? No one applauds when i turn up to do my job. Well, not always...), my trusty iPod reminded me that it needs charging occasionally by cutting out.

Much texting followed, with me bemoaning my lack of music. And then the run started.

Five minutes later, I round a corner and standing at the side was The Wife frantically waving the headphones for my phone. While others were planning their first water stops, I slowed, grabbed what was proffered, panted a thank you (a lesson taught by Scamp) and was on my way with an unplanned but very welcome soundtrack.

From there on in, the sounds of a slumbering city were replaced by Pendulum and Martha Wainwright (a mash-up waiting to happen if ever I heard one).

The music also managed to take away the angry mumblings I'd been having about hotels where "quiet rooms" have industrial-strength fans in the bathroom that can't be switched off, hotels that think broom cupboards make handy bedrooms and hotels where the breakfast menu hasn't heard of a banana but can supply croissants that bounce.

It also stopped me muttering and mumbling about the terrible organisation that surrounds the London 10K. The only directions to the start line are after the baggage area. Sadly, there are no directions to the baggage area. There is also a 5K race, only no one told the stewards that and they just thought it was the actual start line. Cue several runners having to frantically search for the proper start.

Oh, and there are too many people taking part. I know it's the national run, but when the majority of those taking part are still standing around 15 minutes after it has started because it is taking that long for those at the front to round the corner and actually make it to the start line it's either time for fewer people or a new route.

Maybe they could take it around the country (it being the British 10K after all) and other cities and towns could show London how it should be done.

Only not Leeds, as they already have one and it's working perfectly ta.


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