Fat bastard completes 10km run shocker

Blenheim Palace BHF 10km runCompleted the Blenheim Palace 10km earlier today. Joints are just starting to stiffen up nicely.

If you’ve not been to Blenheim before, I strongly recommend a visit. It’s the absurdly grand and pompous country pile built by the Duke of Marlborough in celebration of his 18th century victories in France. Designed and landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, it’s a home fit for Ozymandias – gorgeously epitomised by Vanbrugh’s outrageous bridge over the piffling little lake in front of the house. A triumph of over-engineering in the name of bombast and vainglory.

SoilmanIn short, it’s an egotistical monument to a monumental ego, and I love it. Tasteless, artificial, grandiose, shameless… and utterly beautiful. A pleasure to do the tour, even with rasping lungs and burning legs.

I finished in 1 hour 4 mins, which is a personal best. Might have gone faster had it not been for the evil hill in the middle – steep, and very long. But hey, I finished. Given that I couldn’t run for 3 mins in early January, I reckon that’s a result.

14 Responses to “Fat bastard completes 10km run shocker”

  1. Damo Says:

    Congratulations that’s a great achievement in 6 months, well done!

  2. Mal's Allotment Says:

    Well done on your PB, SM!

  3. Eliane Says:

    Well done! And you can drop the “fat” bit judging by the photographic evidence.

  4. Amy Says:

    Great time! Well done. I think you’ve earned a nice sit down and a cup of tea.

  5. Rachael Says:

    Congratulations and I must say you’re looking very slender in the photograph.

  6. Soilman Says:

    You are all SO sweet. Thank you. It’s amazing how a clever camera angle and sucking in your stomach can deceive…

  7. Amanda Says:

    Well done you! Most impressive :o)

  8. Tanya Walton Says:

    Well done soilman…i think you now deserve a well earned break!!!

  9. Christina Says:

    Fat bastard, my ass.

    Congratulations on the fantastic run. I’m very, very impressed.

  10. carrie Says:

    What a place and what a man! Good for you and fat??? Where is all the fat hiding?

  11. Julie Says:

    I was going to make a cheeky remark about the inappropriatness of the “fat bastard” moniker ….but you’all have beaten me to it. Congratulations on your skinny self. Now all we have to do is get the grouchy look off your face 😉

  12. altadenahiker Says:

    My trip out that way taught me the Marlborough man wasn’t a cowboy.

    When the going gets fat, the fat gets going. Good job.

  13. MAYBELLINE Says:

    Hey. I have a Blenheim apricot tree that I’m training in espalier. I never thought about where or what Blenheim was.

  14. Soilman Says:

    Maybelline: Absurdly, the name is taken from Marlborough’s greatest battle, in Bavaria (near the modern village of Blinheim).