Monday, 19 October 2009

Scrapping Layouts

I have been really busy these last 2 weeks, just getting on a scrapping photos that I had printed a couple of years ago. This first one is from the Ilembe Ultra walk that I did in 2006. It is a 50km walk starting at a school in Umhlali, then going towards the beach, through a serious dirt road, through sugar cane areas up a really mean hill that just seems to go on forever and then back down, onto the main road and back to the school. This was my 5th one that I had completed and need only 1 more to get my permanent number. I managed a time of 7 hours 29 mins 22 secs and finished in 159th place out of 568 walkers. This next layout was from the Spar Ladies race in June 2006. Reg always dressed up and this year he was a French Maid. Sharon and I had gone to Pietermaritzburg to do the 10km Run/Walk for Wildlife around Scotsville racecourse. I managed at time of 82mins 53 secs. Once we had finished we changed and then drove back to Durban in time to start the Spar ladies 10km. With that warm up, I had a brilliant race and finished the 10km in 78 mins 54 secs. I don't normally like flat courses, but on this one despite the crowds, I flew and really had a great race.
In July 2006 Run/Walk for Life head office decided instead of each region going to JHB for the annual convention, each region would have one in their own region. We had ours at the Westville Country Club and I was awarded a certificate for "Special Service Award". Matthew Grossett is the owner of Run/Walk for Life and is seen here presenting the certificates to each of the deserving managers.

This layout is from the prizegiving of the 1000km challenge for the 2004/2005 year. Walkers have to do 500km for bronze, 807km for silver and 1208 for gold in official races and finishing within the cut off time from the day after comrades of the one year up to and including comrades the following year. No mean feat and it meant racing every week-end and sometimes 2 races over a week-end. Anyway, I managed to complete 832.9km earning a silver medal. This was my 5th challenge completed.
This was the Friends of the Comrades fun run/walk that is normally held over the week-end before Comrades. Sharon and I were chasing mileage and had gone to PMB at about 4am to do the Run/Walk for Wildlife around Scottsville race course. I managed a time of 78mins 42 secs for 10km. When then changed and drove down to Kingsmead cricket stadium in Durban in time to do the 5km Comrades fun walk. I managed a time of 41 mins 21 secs. We then changed again and headed off to Ushaka to take part in the TNT walk for Hunger. This was an 8km from Ushaka up to the Suncoast Casino and back again. I managed a time of 63 mins 47 secs. All in all a most enjoyable day.
Oops, don't know why this is going this way, but this was when Dereck and I celebrated our 20 year anniversary and he took me by surprise down to Plettenberg Bay. One of our outings was to go to Knysna and then also to Monkeyland. I have a fascination for monkeys and really enjoyed watching them here.
Well after seeing all these layouts I am sure you will forgive me for not having updated my blog in a while. I finished off another single page layout last night just as Carte Blanche started, so it was too late to take a picture. So, you will just have to wait for the next update.
Thanks for looking.
Scrapping up a storm signing off.


Helen Tilbury said...

Yikes Michelle you certainly have been scrapping up a storm! Fantastic achievements & memories there...congratulations...I wish we were closer cos I could do with a friendly walking buddy.

Desire Fourie said...

Busy, busy as usual. Love all these layouts, they are stunning and flow so well on the eye. Wow, that 50km time is superb, definitely faster than I would be able to run it. The furthest I have ran is a marathon (42.2km) in 2000 and for me it was been there done that, got the T-shirt ... never again.

Jose said...

Quite out of breath watching you doing all that excercise. Lovely work though