David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

You may have read in last week’s paper about Carla joining a running club and can now do 5K plus without stopping.

She was wittering about this to me a few weeks ago and, of course, I take the bait and make a flippant remark about running being fairly easy; it’s all in the mind you just need to tell your legs to keep moving.

The next thing I know, I’m there.

Me and a group of about 20 women meeting up, Monday evening, ready to go running.

I was a little hesitant at first but soon the sight of so many lycra clad ladies had me thinking that this may not be such a bad idea after all.

Anyway, off we went and pretty soon I got into my stride, matching the leaders step for step, it was only when Carla said that we’ll start jogging soon that I realised that this was just the brisk walk to warm up.

Twenty minutes later and I thought that I was going to die.

I was sweating, shaking and speechless and the shaking carried on until Wednesday. I did it though, I’d run for 20 minutes, non stop, although I was last and the trainer, Debbie, did have to keep checking that I was okay.

Apparently I was okay as long as I could hold a conversation, she obviously doesn’t know me if she believes that there’s ever an occasion that I won’t speak to a lady in skin tight lycra.

Carla, that is a joke.

I promised Carla that I would go to future meetings with her and she’s disappointed that to date I’ve not managed that.

I’ve had a number of meetings on subsequent Mondays and I’ve had to work late on a couple of occasions too.

Hopefully the Monday meetings will continue because someone my age shouldn’t be running unless they’re being chased by a bloody big dog.

Well, Christmas is over for another year, I always get a bit depressed now because I love Christmas and it’s all over far too quickly.

I get even more depressed when I think of how few weeks we’ve now got until the 2015 carnival.

It will be upon us before we know it.

I know that there are a number of groups who are intending to start float building in the new year.

I’d like to remind them all that we will be preparing a ‘pre Carnival’ video and want to include footage of groups preparing for the carnival parade.

Please get in touch if you’d like to take part in the video.

Over Christmas I took the opportunity of writing to many float applicants confirming their place in the parade, if you have applied and not had a confirmation email please get in touch.

We can probably squeeze a few more floats into the parade so if anyone out there hasn’t entered a float and wishes to do so, get in touch.

My New Year’s resolution: I’m going to try to make Morecambe a better place to live and work.

Please join me.