News: 19 December 2012

“The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!”. Anon

Evening – well for many it’s a headlong rush toward Christmas and for others on 21.12.2012 the world is supposed to come to end.  I can see the appeal of both right now, but actually something that just made the whole world pause and reflect for 24 hours would be both welcome and salutary.  But enough amateur philosophy for one evening. Christmas, however you celebrate it (or don’t) is a time for family and friends and therefore I hope you can accommodate both, of course including PH3 amongst your friends……

We passed our own calendar impasse and TIFM showed in true style that life goes on beyond 1500 with his recent run round Rudgwick.

A quick reminder that there will be a service of remembrance for Mark Mitchell (80) at All Saints Church, Crondall, on Thursday 20th December at 1:30, followed by gathering at Oak Park Golf Club, Crondall. I know that several people plan to attend (sadly I am out of the country on Wednesday/Thursday this week), but if you would like to know more details please let me know. I will be making a donation on behalf of PH3 to the National trust, one of the charities close to Mark’s heart.

There is also a thread on the website where people have shared their memories of Mark, both poignant and amusing, check it out at: http://www.pistoffenh3.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=263

As hinted at above, our running will go on throughout the festive season culminating in a “New Years’ Run” at Polesden Lacey on Sunday 6th January 2013. But before that, this mailing includes details of the next two runs:

First up on Sunday 23rd December 2013 the mildly injured (but recuperating) Tea Cosy  will be setting from The Royal Oak, Holmbury St Mary. See Hareline for directions. I hope you can make it along and offer a back rub if needed.

Following the festive frolics on Sunday 30th December we are to be treated to some brand new terrain when Scooby Doo sets us a run from The Three Moles, Selham, Sussex. See Hareline for directions.  This is a new area for us and what better way to kick off the inertia of Christmas/New Year than to come down (with the family?) for a walk or run. Scooby reckons to have found a gem of a country pub….

So with that I’ll sign off for 2012. It’s been the usual roller-coaster year of highs and lows, but I hope always punctuated by a weekly leveller that is the PH3 run. So as you sip that glass of chardonnay or slug that additional glass of single malt, ask not what the PH3 can do for me, but what I can do for it in 2013…….

Best wishes to you all and on on

On on
Andy

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