As well as two birthday parties and a book stall over the weekend we had to fit in Paul running the Great Yorkshire Run.
This would have been OK apart from the fact that I hadn’t realised quite how disorganised he was on the actual morning as I was too busy wrapping a rabbit up and hastily replacing party clothes with fancy dress costumes due to my own disorganisation.
Fortunately despite the mountain of dirty washing in the wash basket he did find a clean running top to add to his brand new running shorts bought the day before. The new shorts were at my suggestion or he would have been running in shorts with fence paint on the leg.
Then he asked me for safety pins. Apparently he wanted eight. He had to make do with 3 safety pins and a nappy pin from 1975.
Anyway we made it to town only a couple of minutes later than planned and Paul disappeared into the crowds of runners. He did a joint warm up which I was disappointed to learn didn’t feature Mr Motivator or Mad Lizzy. Apparently stretching sideways in a crowd of several thousand is tricky.
Then he set off running. And Dad and I wandered about in town looking for a copy of the Guardian. I did toy with the idea of getting on the tram and trying to spot him but thought better of it. I must admit I felt a bit guilty as we window shopped, especially since we’d already had a coffee and an almond croissant and he was knackered and drinking powerade. But then it was all his own idea.
We decided to go and try and watch him finish and after several minutes he shot past ta ludicrous speed as he sprinted to the finish. I screamed quite a lot. It made me feel a bit like a groupie.
He finished the race in 50 minutes, 50 seconds and he managed not to be sick. Then it took a while to find him amongst the lions, superheroes and more normally dressed knackered people. But we did find him and even managed to meet his equally batty friends who had run the race too. As an added bonus the tin foil blanket seems to make quite a good space ship den roof.
So for the last time here’s my plea for you to sponsor him. He’s been such a star these last few months and is taking a breather now I think. Well he hasn’t mentioned the next thing yet and I’m not asking him what it is.