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by Val Baxter

January 13, 2015

Anybody get a PB for Christmas?

Well I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year. I know some did cos I met up with many on Boxing Day, at the traditional Boxing Day run from the Shepherd and Shepherdess at Beamish. (Other pubs are available). The run has been going for 7 or 8 years now, organised by Aurora initially in the memory of Ray Laverick, attended by a dozen or so of us, and now a popular event attended by around 100 runners. The event is so popular now that there must have been two dozen walkers getting fresh air, then mixing in the pub afterwards where the free buffet is always popular. Thanks to Steve Brown for dawdling along with me cos I couldn’t keep up with Linda and her mum. :)

I was at the hospital last week, had some, shall we say not so good news, with some good news. Every cloud has a silver lining just ask David Essex (lyrics to Hold Me Close released 1975). Probably going to be 2 or 3 months till I can drive or run. I am starting specialist treatment tonight at Physio. The surgeon thinks my brain (which is the size of a planet) is basically rejecting my foot. Strange thing to suggest, but, apparently tonight I am going to start doing exercises with my LEFT foot while watching in a mirror so my brain thinks it is my RIGHT foot. Really be surprised if I fall for that one, but hey ho…that is what they say I need so that’s what I will do. However, the good news, hope to start running by Easter, but the bad news this RSD could take 18 – 24 months to completely repair.

You know, that is just about all I did over the holidays. Sat in the house and watched the same old films as last year, many in black and white. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a classic isn’t it :) There was a full training programme provided by Tommy with the traditional beach session taking place this year on New Years Eve. I didn’t make it to any of them this year, no point just going to watch.

Lydia has started 2015, with another England cap. (Do they get caps, or is that just football). Her first race of the season was a top ten finish and fourth counter for England. That was competing England v Europe v USA. Great start to the year Lyds. And while Lydia rested from her international duties, her mates won the Cathedral relays at Durham. I do like the relays, they are always competitive, but so social as well……love it.

Anyway, that is last year finished and this year started. Happy New Year to all our readers, and here’s hoping for a great year of competing for all who wear our vest 😉


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