November 2023

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Patrick Marks

This is a busy time of year for me with my walking cap on. In September I helped with the Tour de Marches, a 28mile trek around the fire stations of Clun and Bishop’s Castle starting and finishing at the beautiful half timbered Wistanstow Village Hall.
The first weekend in October is always Longmynd Hike time. This year’s really hot temperatures did not fortunately materialise and although I kept my powder dry this time I was quite envious as many friends and a relative or two accepted the challenge – special mention for local boy Jack Breeze finishing 6th at his first attempt.
In December my walking group will be coming through the village on Saturday 16th December passing by the pub in the early afternoon and of course my wife’s Christmas would not be complete without me worrying as to whether too many or not enough people would turn up for the Boxing Day Dawdle or Dash – see more opposite.
With all this in mind I have collected some trivia around the world of the long distance running . Every year I am amazed at the achievements of young and old, male and female, able and disabled athletes from around the globe. It seems that whatever challenge is laid down there are those willing to exhaust themselves in proving that it can be done.
It seems that it is never too late to start and more and more evidence points to the benefits rather than the dangers of strenuous exercise into later life.
A lady called Edwena Brocklesby was on the radio the other day, she started running in her 50s and now does running, cycling and swimming events in her 50s.
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