Well done to the 7,000 runners combined who took part in the Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon and Anna's Hope 5k Fun Run on Sunday. A little warm for the serious athletes, but a lovely day to be running around the streets of Peterborough. I didn't run this year, but went along to support those who were as a trustee of Anna's Hope, the Stamford charity that helps rehabilitate children and young people affected by brain tumours. I spoke to the Dad of a 9 year old who's about to have his second operation on a tumour, and the Mum of a 1 year old who's tumour has miraculously stopped growing after having treatment over the last few months. Little Lucie is also catching up with her development, starting to walk now, which is lovely to see.
WINTER - our weekend survey asked whether you think we'll have a mild or harsh winter, or the same as last year. Our survey put the three options all equal. Shirley from Cottesmore told me this morning her late Gran said if there were lots of berries out in the Autumn, there would be a harsh winter, as nature was providing food for the birds who would find it more difficult with snow and frost on the ground. What do you think?
FEELING SORRY FOR A ROADSIGN - I posted this picture of a the sign at the end of the narrow lane to Barrowden from the Morcott to Seaton road. I'm tempted to go back and see if the B in Barrowden is buried in the verge somewhere.
TALKING OF ROADS - the one way system is very much back on Oakham High Street, and from tonight there are survey works for drainage and to find out what's below the ground, using radar. All sounds very technical, you would think the way that Oakham has been dug up over this year, someone would have a fair idea what's below ground! Tonight, it's High Street, New Street and Church Street. Works go as far as Melton Road and Catmose Street over the next few nights, it's all happening 9pm to 5am and will mean closures on the roads affected. Vehicles that are parked on the affected streets will need to be moved in advance of the works, I trust the owners have been informed.
BONKERS FOR CONKERS - I'm sure that headline will pop up somewhere. Yesterday the World Conker Championships took place at Southwick near Oundle. Queen Conker and the overall winner was Julie Freeman from South Luffenham! Well done Julie, she was on the show this morning telling us it's partly in the luck of the draw as to how long your conker lasts, and she's been going for years. The event even made the TV news!
SCHOOLTALK - this week with Catmose Primary, every morning at 7.40am. We know the mystery 'object' is in London, but what is it?