Running in the news – and a couple of news items you may have missed

The big news last weekend was that the Kenyan athlete Wilson Kipsong broke the World Marathon record by completing the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes and 23 seconds. This beat the existing record by 15 seconds and had people (including the now legendary British athlete Mo Farah) wondering if the impossible was perhaps possible. I mean going under 2 hours for the marathon. It’s a huge ask though and I can’t see it happening for quite some time.
Then this weekend there was a lot of publicity for the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow. The half marathon was won at a canter by the amazing Ethiopian Haile Gebrselasse while thousands of runners followed him home at a more sedate pace. Well done to all the runners.
My own running is going quite well. I managed a pb at Edinburgh parkrun 5k just over a week ago, probably on the back of the 10k training but it was also a glorious morning for running – not a breath of wind and lovely temperature.

Two items of news from the BBC news site that you may have missed. Firstly a few weeks ago it came out that the US almost nuked North Carolina in 1961. Only a final layer of incompetency managed to prevent it. And a wedding in England was delayed when the owl carrying the rings fell asleep in the roof of the church where the ceremony was taking place. Shows what you get for working with birds, children and animals. And talking about animals I have to finish with the news item that hasn’t appeared. Yes the longest pregnancy in panda history. Edinburgh Zoo are sticking to their story about Tian Tian showing all the signs of pregnancy. If she does produce a cub now it will be almost ready to start school when it is born. I’m not holding my breath though.


News items courtesy of the BBC

I must confess to spending far too much time perusing the BBC News website. But in my defence it is a treasure trove of information about news, sport, current affairs and sometimes the absolutely bizarre. I treasure the last mentioned category and in the last couple of days I have been rewarded with four stories which I simply have to pass on to you – without comment of course.

A 57 year old man from Forfar in Scotland has been diagnosed with a medical condition called “Chronic Lateness.” Predictably he was late for the appointment at which he was notified of this.

Two British tourists could be trapped in China for up to a year following their arrest for “disturbing the peace.” The arrests followed an argument over a pair of slippers in a shop.

A Leeds man is turning cold calls into profit by making marketing companies use his premium-rate number.

The perils of manufacturing road signs in two languages was demonstrated by red-faced officials in Swansea Council. They sent a request to the translator and made the sign up with the reply they received. Unfortunately the Welsh reads “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”

I am continuing to train for the 10k between sessions perusing BBC News. I’ve managed to run my four sessions this week quicker than the corresponding ones last week. I’ve got a slight pain in my side. I’m not sure if it has been caused by over-intensive training or by laughing too much at some of the BBC News items.