Since I like this to be a blog for runners and non runners I’d like you all to start this evening by imagining you’re 17. You’re all kitted out in your best outfit your mum bought you from the Topman sale (Or topshop, we don’t discriminate here) and you’ve covered yourself in your lynx Christmas box set. With £15 in your pocket you head to the swankiest club in town and you join the queue with the bankers, footballers and rappers.
That was me earlier today as I waited in line to collect my number for the Telford 10k. It was a different class.
Running has its ups and downs and today’s race ended on an up. By which I mean I stopped while going up a slight hill and conceded that whatever virus I’d be battling earlier in the week had beaten me. Frustrating but not the end of the world.
The end of the world almost came shortly after when I was sent a picture from this week’s AW which dared to compare me with the real athlete in our house. Fortunately we both agreed that the women’s race was much stronger and swiftly moved on.
So after a shaky week running wise we really needed some top class animals to compensate and fortunately we had one more week of our African correspondent Andy in position. So strap in because it’s a good one this week.
From South Africa:
A giraffe looking at some elephants:
Talk about setting the bar high. Surprisingly this shot is not from Sale water park or in fact anywhere on the Mersey valley. This is Kruger National Park and we see the tallest living terrestrial mammal looking upon the heaviest mammals. Sadly giraffes are at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with nearly 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years. I say we need to get ourselves out planting acacia trees as soon as possible.
Warthogs would make wonderful pets. They’re low maintenance as they can go without water for days, they have a varied diet and will polish off your left overs and they have a lovely, amicable temperament. They do however live in groups called sounders so if you’re considering getting a warthog make sure there’s room for two.
The greater kudu is a woodland antelope found throughout eastern and southern Africa. This is one of the largest species of antelope and males like this one can weigh up to 280kg. You’d have to be a pretty tough lion to take this guy on.
In Sale and Telford.
Alright, they might not be very glamorous but you’d be lost without them. Frequenting high streets up and down the country they eat bits of pasties dropped outside Greggs and they have becomes so used to humans that you can pick them up. You can keep your giraffes, South Africa. We’ve got Columba livia domestica.
Until next week. Retweet, like, share and tell your mates x