A Tough of the Track Renaissance

Surely it’s a coincidence that after I rediscovered Alf Tupper, the Tough of the Track, that Athletics Weekly would revive the comic, and now we get a race in Alf’s honor.

The Camp Hill Estate in North Yorkshire, UK is hosting the cross-country Alf Tupper 10K with mud, fences and ditches – just the kind of working-class course Alf would have loved.

Even better, each participant will receive an Alf Tupper t-shirt, a cup of tea, and a serving of fish and chips, Alf’s favorite meal.

At least one dude has to dress up as Alf, so I’m looking forward to seeing photos after the race on October 19.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - September 30, 2014 at 13:58

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Cause and Effect?

A few weeks ago we ran a story about jogging drunk. Then this happened…

A 21-year-old New Jersey man was cited by Lower Saucon Township police after he allegedly jogged while drunk along Route 378.

James Finan, 21, of the first block of Marigold Lane in Franklin Township, Somerset County, is charged with public drunkenness, police said.

He was jogging at 1:27 a.m. Saturday when police saw drivers making defensive maneuvers to avoid him, according to a news release.

Finan smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet while speaking to officers, police said.

A preliminary breath test showed Finan’s blood alcohol at 0.19, police said. By comparison, charges start for most drivers at 0.08.

Sure, the reporter got the guy’s blood alcohol level, but what were his splits?

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - September 29, 2014 at 10:03

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Beware of Irritated Dog

We have featured the police blotter from Flathead County, Montana, on our pages before, but the latest edition was a treasure trove. First up is the one running-related incident:

10:59 a.m. A Whitefish man, who was not bitten or injured in any way, claimed that the neighbor’s dog attacked him while he was out jogging. In response, the dog’s owner threatened his life. The dog owner later admitted to confronting the jogger, but complained that the jogger is often in his driveway irritating his dog.

The rest of the blotter gives an indication of what a joy it must be to work as a Flathead County sheriff’s deputy or 911 operator:

8:55 a.m. A Lakeside resident reported that someone in a dump truck was stealing large boulders from a construction site. The boulder hauling activities were legitimate and authorized by the owner of the development.

10:27 a.m. A big yellow dog was chasing deer down Dawn Drive.

10:46 a.m. A Columbia Falls man reported that the woman he loaned his truck to three weeks ago has yet to return it.

11:59 a.m. Someone called from Columbia Falls to report that a brown and black bunny was in their front yard.

1:03 p.m. A Columbia Falls resident called in to report that the drunken neighbor woman wandered onto their property again.

4:06 p.m. A Kalispell woman reported that she is not on drugs, despite what her ex-boyfriend says.

4:23 p.m. Reportedly, a man who has a machete strapped to his bicycle threatened to steal the pegs off of a Ridgewood Drive kid’s bike.

5:06 p.m. A Solberg Drive resident claimed that the man he has a restraining order against pulled into his driveway, laid on the horn, and screamed. He also thinks that the guy shot BBs at his fence.

6:35 p.m. A drunken man reported that his drunken girlfriend attacked him and lit the barbecue in the back of his truck on fire. He suspected that she could be found hiding at the gravel pit. She later contacted a deputy asking for assistance in retrieving pain medication from her boyfriend who, a few months ago, shot her toes off.

10:34 p.m. A drunken man on Ashley Lake Road reported that his wife wouldn’t give him his car keys.

12:31 a.m. A Whitefish resident reported that the man he has a restraining order against drove his moped into his driveway, flashed his light, spun out, then drove off.

So which BOLO do you issue first? One for the brown and black bunny or one for the toeless woman hiding at the gravel pit?

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - September 26, 2014 at 10:45

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Catastrophe Averted: Runners Will Get Jelly Babies

Fiona Warren of the U.K. supported the first Ealing Half Marathon by standing outside her home at about mile 12 with a bowl of jelly babies for the runners. They were quickly gobbled up so she put out an appeal this year for assistance so she wouldn’t run out.

Richie Jones, the manager of The Lord Nelson Pub, will be running the race and he pitched in immediately.

”I have just staggered from my car to the house with no less than 33kg of jelly babies,” said Fiona. “I probably have one for every man, woman and child in Ealing. I am fully jelly baby enabled. A huge thank you to Richie.”

Jelly babies are great, but Richie knows what tired half-marathoners really want. He is offering a free drink at the pub to every finisher.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - September 25, 2014 at 12:31

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Two’s a Coincidence?

Just a few weeks after our first incident of a runner falling into a hole in the earth, we have our second occurrence. This time it was in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

What’s next? Bear traps?

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - September 24, 2014 at 10:45

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Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki will be running the New York City Marathon in November. It’s especially unusual because she’s still competing at the highest levels of her own sport.

She posted this selfie to her Instagram account to show her training in Central Park.


I didn’t crop it that way. That’s the original image. Fortunately her serve is always in-bounds.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - September 23, 2014 at 13:20

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Race Report: Rock the ’80s 8-Mile Relay

When you have run somewhere in the vicinity of 150 races, it’s hard to find something you have never done before. I managed it on Sunday when I ran my first road race relay. I wisely chose the best relay partner a man could have, the Lovely Mrs. A.


All her teammates from Moms in Motion were there, and there was a lot of excitement and comparing of outfits. In keeping with the ’80s theme I was named an honorary “Man in Motion.”

I ran the full 8 mile race last year, but I’m not in that shape yet, so four miles seemed just about right. It was a cool morning (yay!) and I cheered as the Lovely Mrs. A. set off on the initial leg.

Unfortunately, the relay exchange point was about a mile-and-a-half from the starting line as the crow flies, the road was closed off, and there was no parking down there anyway. So I joined a small procession of relay runners in the trek to the exchange area.

It was a prime viewing area to watch the 8-mile race leaders go by, including one dude wearing what looked to be Greek sandals – something like this…

So it was a pleasant wait until the Lovely Mrs. A. crossed the 4-mile mark. Our method of relay exchange was a full embrace, then I eagerly took off.

Mile 1 – 8:56

Good start, and the field was thin so I didn’t have to dodge anyone.

Mile 2 – 8:25

These splits would be typical for me if I were doing a 5k, so it was going to be a challenge to hang on.

Mile 3 – 8:36

Gave a little back, and now I’m sweating heavily.

Mile 4 – 8:41

Pushed hard into the finish chute, but I guess my days of negative splits are over.

Total – 34:38

Not bad, and we got our super-cool finishers’ medals.


Having completed our run through the ’80s, it was back to the future for Sunday brunch, because what’s the use of running if you can’t stuff your face afterwards?

Next up: The Urban Cow Half-Marathon relay in two weeks. Another cowbell to add to the five in my collection.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - September 22, 2014 at 10:33

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