20th July 2013 - Trail running on Tresco
a fabulous run around the north end of Tresco today. If you
are even a little bit interested in running, I would encourage
you to pack your trainers for your trip to Scilly - there
are so many paths and trails to choose from, many of them
with spectacular views like these. Pick your route and distance
to suit your ability and your mood. This run can't have been
much more than a couple of miles (but quite rough and stony
underfoot in places: runners please beware), which was plenty
in the heat of the sun. I cooled down with a lovely, refreshing
swim in New Grimsby harbour...followed by an ice-cream from
the New Inn.
if running is not your thing, this route (past Cromwell's
castle and Piper's Hole cave) also makes a lovely stroll -
why don't you take a picnic and make a day of it?
13th June 2012- watch a ladies' gig race
OK, this is a shameless piece of self-promotion, but for a
bit of evening fun on your holiday, why don't you hop on a
boat and go out to watch a gig race? The men race on Friday
nights, and the women on a Wednesday, and boats depart from
St Mary's quay around 7.45pm, depending on what race is taking
place (check the boards for details; most off-island boat
companies also offer gig-racing trips).
see the finish of many races from the quay, but it's much
more fun to be on board a tripper boat and to cheer for your
favourite crew as they battle it out down the mile or so of
the race. As you might expect, it gets pretty competitive
out on the water, and every rower will be giving their all
- not just those who come across the line in first place.
competition is looking interesting in 2012, with the Golden
Eagle and Nornour crews battling it out for first place most
weeks. I row in the Slippen, which is one of the slower gigs,
by virtue of its dimensions (it's shorter and wider than the
modern gigs)...and also perhaps due to the relative inexperience
of our crew! But as I say, we will be rowing hard and enjoying
every minute of it, so if you do come and watch, please give
us a cheer.