Weight and Stuff Report – 18 September 2011

Humph! Back up today, which is a bit annoying.

This morning, I actually got it together to get out early enough to get to the Tyne Bridge to watch something like 54,000 people take part in the Great North Run. You get an impressive mixture of world-class athletes, serious runners, not-so-serious runners, people who are just doing the best they can, people who manage to run in large, heavy and hot looking costumes, and coming up at the rear, this guy, who seriously impressed me:

Knight of the Road

Knight of the Road

Yes, that is actual metal armour he’s wearing, not lightweight plastic or fiberglass or anything like that – you could hear it clanking.

And of course, there was the usual flypast from the Red Arrows, in their “Missing Man” formation, following the loss of Jon Egging last month.

Reds

Reds

Once the runners, walkers and indeed clankers had passed, I walked over the Tyne Bridge towards Newcastle, when I suddenly realised that the traffic was still diverted, and that walking into the road was actually perfectly safe and legal, which allowed me to get this picture:

Empty Bridge

Empty Bridge

A rare opportunity to get this shot

After that, I walked down to the Quayside, where I saw the Millennium Bridge was open

It's open!

It's open!

I then started to walk towards the Spillers Flour Mill, intending to get some pictures there, then continue my walk up the Ouseburn. But at that point it started to rain quite heavily, so I decided to leave that for another day. I got a bus into Newcastle, and found that the rain had stopped, mutter. But I went home anyway, as it looks like there are going to be intermittent showers all day.

Today’s walk, according to Runkeeper. The Garmin wossname must have decided not to bother restarting after I’d been in the same place for about an hour…

4 thoughts on “Weight and Stuff Report – 18 September 2011

  1. alf stone

    The only day of the year when you could get that picture of the Tyne Bridge and live to tell the tale. Excellent opportunism and an excellent picture. Talking of opportunism, the day of the Great North Run is also a great day to shop at Tesco, it was empty this morning.

    1. Les Post author

      Quite right. There were a few people taking pictures of each other in the middle of the road. I was giggling like more of a loony than normal as I took my pictures there

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