On 12th May I’ll be heading down to Surrey for an event called Write This Run. It’s an opportunity to meet up with some of my favourite running bloggers (as well as discovering a few new gems). The prospect of rubbing shoulders with some of the legends of running blogdom has got me so excited that, even as I type this, I’m fighting the urge to make that “squeeeeeee” noise that a certain type of woman makes when they see shoes, kittens or pictures of Hollywood hunks with untameable hair and a shirt allergy.
Some amazing guest speakers have been announced, and among them is homegrown Olympic runner-abouterer Scott Overall. There’s no denying he’s a serious athlete at the top of his game, but I’ve already made peace with the fact that while my peers will be asking proper questions, I’ll probably just stay firmly in my comfort zone and ask something along the lines of:
Q: What’s your favourite running?
Q: Your name’s Overall, but you always seem to be in shorts and vests. What’s that all about? (I’ll have to shelve that one on the day if he does actually turn up wearing overalls).
Q: Who directed the seminal 1997 movie “Beverly Hills Ninja”?
Q: Do you like my cardigan? (This is a trick question to check his attention to detail. I will in fact be wearing a poncho)
Q: I’ve seen some of your races on the telly. Why are you always in such a hurry?
Okay, so in all seriousness I’ll just be sitting there, nibbling on a hobnob and quietly soaking up the awesomeness. Although Scott is arguably the most “celebrity” of all the speakers* he’ll be in some pretty mighty company on the day, including Stuart Amory and the totally amazing Mimi Anderson.
As well as all the guest speakers, there’ll also be a chance for my fellow bloggers and I to go out for a run with Mr Overall. At the risk of sounding big-headed, I think he could stand to learn a thing or two from running with me. Mostly involving CPR, after I try to keep up with what, to him, is a painfully slow jog.
Anyway, I’ll post again after the event to share all the pearls of wisdom I pick up.
* Just this week he was pictured in Heat magazine, falling out of a taxi and flashing his pants after an all-night absinthe party at China Whites with the cast of Midsomer Murders.