Sports, Games and Running

As regards sports and related items I am fairly a normal sort of person. So there is nothing very exciting to tell you here.

In sport, I was always very enthusiastic – but not real good at anything. At school I liked and played Rugby and Soccer. I was always a keen planner about how we should play a game. But, when there was any strong action going on, I always found a good reason for not getting in too closely – on the basis that my puny frame couldn’t help very much. And I wasn’t real keen on getting hurt.
         After school, I enjoyed and played a lot of tennis. I played a nice social game – but no more. I loved chasing difficult balls. I have a very dog-like nature.
         The only sporting item I was really good at was obstacle races. But obstacle races only occurred in the scouts.

I liked board games like draughts, chess and GO very much. I played chess a lot at school and for five years I was the school champion. But when I left school, I stopping playing and took up climbing instead. Climbing became my sport and I have joined many clubs. I played GO when other people wished to play. I talk about these activities in more detail in “A Better Way to Solve Problems – with Computers”.

In my last few years at high school, a group of three of us took to running over Hampstead Heath instead of the normal weekly periods devoted to sports. Hampstead Heath was a couple of miles away, so these runs were usually about 8 miles long. So this was a substantial piece of exercise. This running formed a habit with me and eventually this was to result in this being the basis of my daily exercise.
          Till I got married, cycling to work and regular climbing was sufficient exercise for me. (Although I would occasionally go for runs.) But, after a couple of years of marriage, I started to put on weight. I had to take myself in. So I formed the habit of running about 5 km each weekday and 15 km on Sunday.

Dougy and me relaxing after a Cityto-Surf race

Me and Dougy Litchfield after a City-to-Surf race

Dougy and I used to run together on Sunday mornings and we joined in on the City-to-Surf when it first started (I did the first 10 years). In about 1974 I got quite keen and actually ran the race in 53 minutes.

When I took up climbing more seriously again in the 1990s, I had to drop some of this running (it took time and it wasn’t necessary).

When I was young in London, I loved going roller-skating around around the local streets. Usually every weekend, I would go for a journey that would take an hour. So, when roller blades were invented, I was very keen to try them out. And what I did was to commute from my flat in Stanmore to my work-place at GIO, near Wynyard, every working day using my roller blades. This adds up to 16 km of roller-blading every working day for two years. There are not many people who have done this. This was in 1994 to 1995. Then in the following 5 years I continued to use my roller-blades a lot as a means of transport to my various club meeting and dance venues. Photos of me and my roller-blades can be seen in my “Stanmore – 1986-1999” webpage.

Me doing chin-ups on my bed

Then, when I broke my back, my running had to stop completely. But I still try to keep up a daily exercise regime. So before breakfast I spent 20 minutes on my bed doing sets of push-ups and chin-ups. Then before morning tea I do a slightly longer version of these sets (30 mins). After morning tea, I have relaxed time outside on my wheel-chair going up some hills (30 mins). Then in the afternoon, I have a slightly vigorous session going up some slightly longer hills (40 mins).

Me doing push-ups

This is the street where I do most of my afternoon exercise. It looks flat in this photo – but it is not – it rises at a nice even rate. I go up and down here 4 times every day.

So I do my very best to keep myself healthy. I have to – if I am to complete all the work I want to do. It will take a long time to persuade our world to think about taking on a saner form of living.

You might now also like to look back at:
either my “Home Page” (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),
or “My Life” (which introduces this major set of webpages).

My next normal webpage is “Singing”.

Updated on 15/11/2016.