Run 1207

Monday 26 May 2014

The Sugar Loaf, Meppershall

Hares: Blow Felt & CatchItIfYouCan


"I don't think there's any audience with an age
of 30 through 50 that doesn't know the words
to My Guy"

– Motown sales chief Barney Ales

Hold Back the River – Wet, Wet, Wet

Hash Marks were VERY clear

The H5 Bank holiday run on the 26 May took place at The Sugar Loaf on top of the hill in Meppershall, not to be confused with the Sugarloaf Mountain (Portuguese: Pão de Açúcar) where the World Cup event will soon take place.

A good turn out despite rainclouds looming overhead. We set off admiring sprouting vegetables in the allotments, passing abandoned greenhouses on the way and possibly having a Motown sing-a-long at Marywells Close.
History: In the twentieth century Meppershall was known for its fourteen glasshouse enterprises. Acres and acres of glass produced cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce to send to London. The greenhouses came after the coprolite was no longer dug, cleaned and sold as fertiliser.

With a clearly marked trail the runners and a few 'Knitting circle escapees' ventured out into the countryside past the centre of necessity – the Sewage works. The Alpaca heard munched away happily in their field and did not get anyone in their usual spitting competition.
Science: "Spit" is somewhat euphemistic; occasionally the projectile contains only air and a little saliva, although alpacas commonly bring up acidic stomach contents (generally a green, grassy mix) and project it onto their chosen targets.

Beer and crisp stop beckoned by the dragon tree. Shuffle got so excited that the rope swing was tried out. Frau was nearly choking on her beer in fear. The tree survived.

The escapees were nowhere to be seen or heard. Lost again on such a VERY clearly marked trail? FYI ladies: There is a new Vision Express in Hitchin, sandwiched between Boots optician and Specsavers. You cannot miss it!

After all the crisps were gone it was a uphill stroll to the On Inn and shelter in the Sugar Loaf from the rain that fell...and fell... and keeps falling 24hours later.

The GM's gallop around 1207

The Fast Walkers stride out

Here be dragons – and dragonettes?

Bangers celebrated a Golden Anniversary