It was the Great Scottish Run last Sunday. The organisers of the other great runs, like the Great North Run and the Great South Run have taken over the organisation of the Great Scottish Run or at least have taken an interest in it and it showed. A new route, TV cameras and most importantly of all a better quality medal and T-shirt at the end. All that was lacking was the Tunnoch’s caramel wafer which normally appears in the finishing line goodie bag. Clearly not a sponsor of GreatRun.org!

The TryAthletes were back in numbers. Maisie got the runners out and stacked the tent with tea, coffee and jelly beans. The run was almost pleasant.

It was my first run since the Great North and, due to a lack of training, I opted for the 10K. I was extremely uncomfortable for the first three miles until I realised my running belt was cutting the circulation off to my legs. I have put on too much weight this year through not running. Once I realised, I whipped the belt off.  It was like a sausage bursting. I glided through the last three miles to the finish at Glasgow Green.

After the 10K, I wandered up to the finishing line to watch Haile Gebreslassie finish the half marathon. What an inspirational guy he is. It was his first run in Scotland and he completed the half marathon in one hour, one minute and nine seconds; a Scottish all comers record amongst other records he broke. His time was considerably quicker than my time for half the distance. I indeed the first peely wally Scottish runner to finish the half marathon did so in a time faster than my 10K. As was the first charity runner and indeed the first fancy dress runner. But hey, who cares?

My focus now turns to Prague and the Czech Republic. I head off there tomorrow on a research trip to investigate the following theories:

  • Drinking Czech lager is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.
  • Drinking in excess of 5 pints of Czech lager a day is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.
  • Drinking 10 pints of Czech lager in a single day is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.
  • Bathing in Czech lager is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.
  • Drinking Czech lager at high altitude is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.
  • Drinking unpasteurised Czech lager is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.
  • Eating no vegetables for a week is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.
  • Eating various sorts of unidentifiable animal parts in Eastern Europe is beneficial for people with Parkinsons.

Further different and alternative hypothesis will be tested during the week. All will be reported in due course.,

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