I have got to start this blog off with a story from Chris. It was midweek in Hull and he went out to watch the match but turned out there was only him and another guy in the pub. Anyway, Chris being Chris he started talking to this guy (whether he liked it or not). Apparently this man, we think, was Kazenga LuaLua, brother of Lomana LuaLua and cousin of Charles N'Zogbia. Now Chris had done all of his good work in asking for signed shirts etc for the Coast to Coast and had left it with Kazenga to get back to him. Amazingly enough, Kazenga did text Chris the next day! But instead of arranging to drop a signed shirt off, he asked for £150 as his wallet had been pinched and the bank wouldn't give him any money due to lack of ID. Safe to say no money was handed over, and I suspect we will be waiting a long time for Charles' signed Villa shirt! But, you never know......
It was an early one this morning - up and out at the foot of Captain Cook's monument for about 9am. I do struggle to get out of bed so early on a Saturday, but once I finally get up I'm ready for it! Anyway it has been 3 weeks since a proper walk and for about the first 100 metres it felt like it! It was abandoned at the top of the monument which was brilliant! On the way back down I came a cropper and stumbled, only saved by the ankle support on my new shoes. I felt like I had twisted both my ankle, and my shoulder in the fall. I carried on walking over to Roseberry Topping however.
It was pretty cold at this point, probably the coldest it has been since I have been 'training', but you still work a sweat up! Yet again, I find myself frustrated by dyslexic dog walkers - first of all, there are many signs instructing dogs to be kept on a short lead, which they misunderstand as 'let your dogs run wildly unattended' and secondly because of the amount of dog dirt I was dodging on the up to Roseberry. It makes me think about the police and the no entry sign into Westbury Street - either open it up to everyone, or enforce the no entry! National Trust - either take the signs down or enforce the rules. The money made from spot fines would sustain the area for years! Anyway, dog rant over!
Apart from realising what great ankle support my new boots have, I also realised that they really are waterproof too! Now all I need are the waterproof trousers to go with them!
The walk was finished off at about midday, when I landed in Great Ayton high street. I had clocked up about 6 miles, and rewarded myself with a bag of chips. I even sat on the bench and ate them like a true tourist!
Home about 1pm and the day was only just beginning. Next up was my DJing debut for Joe's 3rd birthday party. After staying up 'til 3am the previous morning fretting about playlists etc, it turned out I was a natural and need not have worried! It was a great party and I think the introduction of the greatest party game ever helped overcome any nerves. Funnily enough, I was sorting our loft out last week and found this old gem. Maybe it was a sign.....
The night took a crowd of us over to Darlington for a comedy club, and what a cracker it was! 17 of us made the journey and we weren't disappointed - Andrew Ryan as compere was, as always, top class, Ian D Montfort opened up with an eerily impressive display of psychic ability, followed by Adnan Ahmed who was a decent comic we had seen before, but the highlight was Ivan Brackenbury's hospital radio show. Absolutely brilliant! Littered with inappropraite songs and mistimed jingles, his show is comedy genius.
Just a final note on this already lengthy blog entry - tickets are now on sale for the Charity Chuckle. Hoping to shift them all pretty quickly, so get them while you can! See below for details!