Wednesday, 30 July 2014

149 blog up and running again (just)

Folk often ask YC what Stella Genesta looks like.  YC set up a blog for Stella a few years ago, but has not been terribly diligent in posting on it (ie nothing written for 5 years).  But he has now uploaded a few photos of Stella over the years.  You can find them at:

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

My Bonny Lad

YC has been playing with a small group at folkworks at The Sage on Tuesday night.  Here is a recording of our "party piece" - My Bonny Lad interweaved with the tune Gentle Maiden.  YC is on the piano, and singing in the background.  It's not a musical masterpiece (far from it) and Simon Cowell is unlikely to be waiting in the wings to sign the group up, but YC thought readers might like it.  If you can stick it to the end (4 mins worth), the best bit is the unaccompanied singing in the last minute.  Many thanks are due to our tutor Chloe Jones who has made it a very enjoyable class.

Here is a link to the recording.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Chevy Chase

YC ran the Chevy Chase yesterday.  20 miles from Wooler up Cheviot and Hedgehope was a bit of a shock to the system.  YC last ran this distance about 20 months ago.   The first 3 hours was enjoyable, thought the last 45 minutes were a tad on the tough side. But spurred on by promises from John Telfer of "tea" at the finish, YC gritted his teeth and finished in 3 hours 43 minutes, 26th overall - nae bad for an aged runner with a dodgy calf.

YC ran most of the race in the pleasant company of Graham Walton and Emma Bain.  The former sported a natty Tour de France-type yellow jersey, while the latter could lay claim to the jersey as she won the ladies' race.

Afterwards, when YC had well and truly 'had his tea', readers can probably guess what came next.  More tea?  Wrong, try again.

Photos courtesy of The Prof .

runners climbing Hedgehope
all smiles at the start
Emma, John & Steph at the finish