Sunday, 18 February 2007

London Marathon - 22nd April - no, not me!!!!

I've just had an e mail from my cousin Stephen in Canada. Actually to be precise - he's not my cousin, he's my Mum's cousin, which technically makes him my second cousin (or is it 1st cousin, once removed?) Anyway, our big family (or La Famiglia as we like to be known) has a strong italian heritage of which we are very proud. We're related to the Massarella's of Ice Cream and Show jumping fame (only by marriage - but it still counts - for a lot!) and our roots are based in the Island of Ischia in the bay of Naples (next door to Capri).

Anyway - Stephen is coming to the UK to run in the London Marathon on the 22nd April. personally I think he must be barking - but each to their own. He's invited me to the finishing line at Buckingham Palace to watch him complete the race - and no doubt get wrapped in a big piece of baco-foil (what's that about?) before being carted off on a stretcher for oxygen. He has specifically requested that none of us shout encouraging words from the sidelines such as "come on.... you know you can do it..... only a couple more miles" because apparently this makes him angry!!! Especially when it is shouted out by people who have never even run for a bus!!!

My Mum, and her sister, and their cousin, and my great Aunt (told you it was a big family!) will be there, and then after the race we'll be going out for something to eat and no doubt a few drinks!!!

Can't wait!!! I wonder if the Queen will be watching from her bedroom window?

6 comments:

  1. Yup, it'll be me wrapped in the aluminium foil-they're not exactly snugly but they do keep the draughts out of one's parts. And it'll be my birthday on April 22 too, not saying which one, but I am WELL (I mean WELL) into the masters' age category.

    By the way, that runner's road-rage thingy I mentioned? I use it as self encouragement to drag my (by that point) very sorry arse to the finish line. So come on down all you lovely athletic supporters; scream, dance, whistle, even flash me, (please do), just don't yell, "Oh come on Doris, hurry up, I've got to get the tea on."

    BTW, I'm fundraising for "Help the Hospices" and my webpage is at: www.justgiving.com/stephenrunning

    See you there Tracy. Remember the
    alcopops. Stephen xx

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  2. Yup, it'll be me wrapped in the aluminium foil-they're not exactly snugly but they do keep the draughts out of one's parts. And it'll be my birthday on April 22 too, not saying which one, but I am WELL (I mean WELL) into the masters' age category.

    By the way, that runner's road-rage thingy I mentioned? I use it as self encouragement to drag my (by that point) very sorry arse to the finish line. So come on down all you lovely athletic supporters; scream, dance, whistle, even flash me, (please do), just don't yell, "Oh come on Doris, hurry up, I've got to get the tea on."

    BTW, I'm fundraising for "Help the Hospices" and my webpage is at: www.justgiving.com/stephenrunning

    See you there Tracy. Remember the
    alcopops. Stephen xx

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  3. Dear blogger,

    i'm Antonio and live in Ischia, i'm to find post regarding Ischia.
    More informations about Ischia is located here:
    http://ischia.travellero.it
    An English version is ready ASAP.
    Bye.

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  4. Dear blogger,

    i'm Antonio and live in Ischia, i'm to find post regarding Ischia.
    More informations about Ischia is located here:
    http://ischia.travellero.it
    An English version is ready ASAP.
    Bye.

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  5. Hmm, Antonio huh? Is he related? I mean, everyone on the island was at one time...they were all called Calise weren't they?

    Way to blog Tracy, tu e anche famoso in italia. Ciao bella.

    Stefano

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  6. Hmm, Antonio huh? Is he related? I mean, everyone on the island was at one time...they were all called Calise weren't they?

    Way to blog Tracy, tu e anche famoso in italia. Ciao bella.

    Stefano

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