The 2011 London Pigeon Marathon
Seeing as tomorrow is the London Marathon, we thought we’d do our own yesterday in Trafalgar Square. Obviously I was just covering it, not that I wanted to avoid the exercise or anything.
This is Edward. Edward has always been partial to the odd jog so was pretty comfortable most of the way:
Nice steady pace and well timed. Good leg lift technique too. That’s the trick, apparently. Getting the toes well off the ground.
Bernie and Tony were neck-a-neck for most of the race:
A good all round performance from both of them, although I thought Ted at the front lacked focus for some of it, especially when some tourist rocked up with a bag of cheese and onion.
Despite her advancing years and lack of training, Maureen did well too managing to take a respectable 12th place:
The most impressive performance by a long way though was from Radcliffe.
Radcliffe used to be called Max until he discovered his love of running and decided to name himself after one of Britain’s top marathon winners, Paula Radcliffe. Thankfully, we persuaded him not to call himself Paula:
His win was well deserved having taken the lead from the start to set a grueling pace that lasted the entire race. Fair play. He was barely out of breath at the end of it. Just shows what can be done with a bit of training.
Mart had wanted to join in, but seeing as I’ve never seen him move much beyond a gentle stroll I thought best not, and had him hold the finishing line instead.
Top day out all round. The whole event got me thinking. With the Olympics coming to London next year, maybe we pigeons could have our own? The 2012 London Pigeon Olympics. Could be a right laugh. Chip tossing. Shit or Miss. Synchronized flying. The list goes on. Food for thought.
If you’ve got any suggestions for events, let me know.