What a few weeks it’s been, I did the Great Aberdeen Run 10k this year and actually led the race until around the 1-mile mark!
The fact that I got a two-minute start has nothing to do with it; it was an amazing feeling to race down Union Street taking in the adulation of the huge crowds that lined the route.
I led the half marathon for a couple of minutes last year, so I must be only person to have led both runs – even my guide runners can’t claim that as I had different guides each year!
Speaking of amazing feats, I should mention and congratulate Scotrail on completing the first part of the dualling of the line between Inverurie and Aberdeen on time.
Not only this, but I must mention their willingness to assist me in my daily commute, which saw them transport me between Aberdeen and Inverurie by taxi.
That should have made the journey simple and stress free, but unfortunately they didn’t allow for the phenomenon that is Aiberdeen taxi drivers who didn’t really get the script.
After travelling with many of them for 14 weeks, I’m convinced that it is only 95% of them that give the rest a bad press!
A solid 5% couldn’t have been more helpful, but if nothing else the remainder were consistent in their constant moaning. I was asked about being blind constantly in somewhat intrusive ways – “so fit em ken happened ken em fit’s rang we you”?
I assumed this translates into “Do you mind if I ask What happened to your sight”? Still a fairly personal question and those who have seen my stand-up set will know the reply I long to give.
One of the complaints that often cropped up as we passed the AWPR at Dyce was how this was 50 years too late.
I was delighted to be invited to represent NESS at the recent community launch event for this amazing road. And who would have thought that I would be the poster boy for this or indeed for anything!