Monday, November 27, 2006

Back on the WHW

Yesterday I was persuaded by a Strathearn clubmate, Phil, to go for a run on the WHW. Phil is planning on doing the Round Rotherham 50 mile race in a couple of weeks, and was looking to get a long run in. We started from the point where the WHW crosses the road just outside Drymen, and had a very pleasant jaunt up to the carpark at Rowardennan and back, stopping for a coffee and scone at the Rowardennan hotel.

I had been struggling for the few days before with a heavy cold, but actually felt pretty good for just about all of the 29 miles. I doubt the weather could have been much better for the end of November, although we did have to wade through quite deep water at a couple of points on the route. Legs are sore today, it has to be said, but all in all it was a good day out and an excellent run to get in.

Another highlight of last week was the Celtic v Manchester United game which I was fortunate enough to be at on Tuesday night. What a game and what an atmosphere - I don't think I've ever been at any sports event where the atmosphere has been so good (the West Highland Way Race excepted, of course). In case anyone didn't see it, or isn't interested in football, Celtic won 1-0 and qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. This was despite the fact that 1) Manchester United's players are a completely different class to those of Celtic, and 2) for the first 30 minutes Celtic hardly touched the ball at all. Still, it's goals that count - Celtic scored one from a fantastic free kick with 7 minutes to go, then Manchester United missed a penalty with only a couple of minutes left.

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