Posts Tagged ‘london marathon’

I don’t gamble anymore, but i still love to watch the big horse races, and today was the first classic of the season, the 2000 Guineas. Anyone who watches will know that John Francome is a great commentator and very funny. In one of the build up races they where loading them up when Purple Moon decided he wasn’t going into the stalls, Francome came out with “It only needs a kick up the arse and in it will go, its just being stubborn” to which he was quickly told “you cant do that anymore” Quick as a flash Francome comes back with “Yeah that’s the reason the country is in the state its in” Never a truer word spoken. When someone else said he was a grumpy old sod, his reply was “i wonder who your kids are out mugging” Brilliant !! If you are not familiar with John Francome look him up, he is an ex top class jockey, but is now a commentator, columnist and author. Very funny man!

I now find myself in the month of reckoning, 11 days and i am fully committed to never smoking again and commencing a year long training plan to run the London Marathon in 2010. I am getting more excited by the day, i have had my fill of my rotting away lifestyle. Ill be 30 next year and i don’t intend to be dead or close to dying at 50. 5 years ago i was the fittest i have ever been, around 16 stone, biking 8 miles round trip to work every day and having an active job. I want to feel fitter, to feel more alive to not feel held back by the constraints of being so unfit that when i walk to the shop I’m ready for a sit down. Its pathetic!!

Tonight sees the biggest fight of Ricky Hattons life, his fight with pound for pound the best boxer in the world Manny Pacquaio is a super fight. Pacquaio is a super star, his is currently being hyped up to one day be the future leader of his country Vietnam and who would doubt it. Hatton will have his work cut out but if he can stay in the fight i think his size will show through and he could force a knock -out in the later rounds. Good luck Ricky!!



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Waking up at 1.30pm is not something Paul Kibii Tergat fits into his daily routine. But i have an excuse, time differences! Is it my fault that i was still awake at 6am this morning because the boxing hadn’t finished? Yes i think it probably is, but it was worth it for the brutal 12th round turnaround from Carl Froch to keep hold of his belt and make sure he brought it back to GMT waters. It also meant that i missed the live screening of this years London Marathon, if you are reading this and feel I’m not fully committed to this challenge then wow i couldn’t blame you. Just know that i am, but i never miss boxing. If 3 months prior to the marathon i have a choice between boxing and an early morning run then ill reasess it….

I was up in time for the Eastenders Omnibus though and did get to see Heather sweating her head off running, if you are struggling to picture me then i think the struggle is over! I wonder if the Marathon route passes through Albert Sqaure, it seems a very dangerous place to hang around. Good job ill be running!!

If ever there was need for encouragement i was called fat by my girlfriends 8 year old today, not a great feeling but her hearts in the right place. Little does she know she is doing me good in the long run. She also went on a picnic today and bruised her side. Who says karma doesn’t exist!!

Right im off for some tea and to watch the the delayed Carl Froch fight on ITV 4………………….Again!!


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Its a Saturday and Saturdays are all about sport! Grand Prix qualifiers, football galore, rugby and later the big finale will be Carl Froch v Jermaine Taylor in Connecticut for the Super Middle Weight World Title Belt. How this fight is not on TV i will never know. For everything people say about Frank Warren he gets his fighters on the box. Hennessy Sports (who promote Froch) should be ashamed this is not raising Frochs profile. Although if Froch had been promoted by Frank Warren there is no way Froch would be making the first defence of his belt in America against a very dangerous fighter, who is actually favourite for the fight. He would have been wrapped up fighting no marks in Nottingham until he was at least 35-0. All credit to Carl Froch, just make sure you bring that belt home with you.

Being a Sheffield Wednesday fan the LAST thing i want to see is the other half of the city, the red united one back in the Premiership. But as i write this it is looking more and more likely it could happen. Their win against Swansea coupled with Birmingham monumental mess up again Preston has left them in a good position, although its still not totally in there hands they go into the last weekend of the season being the form team with momentum behind them. Anyone who supports Sheffield United knows that if they end up in the Play-offs they will not win them. They never do!!!

The GP threw up  a suprise in that Jarno Trulli got pole position for tomorrows GP, should be a good watch! With Mclaren and Ferrari (yet to get a point) struggling, it proves me to that if you have a good car under you the driver can be anyone. Trulli and  Jenson Button did well to finish last year but this season they look unbeatable at times.

Ill be up in the morning to watch this years London Marathon knowing in one year ill be stood there with them. Just watching the race tomorrow will tire me out!! But ill remember to drink plenty of water as i watch! I have a friend who lives in London going to watch it, as he puts it “Free entertainment is all he can afford after the antics of Gordon Brown & Allister Darling” Was it only me who couldn’t get Blackadder out of his head while watching the budget. All i could imagine was Brown saying “You’ve done a good job there Darling!!”

I was amazing to see i had 15 readers of this blog yesterday and that’s great, it can only go one way from here,  Hopefully anyway!! That’s it for today.


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