Drawing a blank

The first time I met James Elson, he recognised me, out of context, from a photograph when he was at mile 135 of an ultra.  In fact, he not only recognised me, but also put a name to me.  All within the space of about 10 seconds.

It blew my mind, not least because I would struggle to recognise my husband if he turned up unexpectedly when I was 24 hours into an ultra.

I was reminded of it today as a runner passed me on the North Downs Way and said “Hello, Louise”.  I’m ashamed to say that despite wracking my brains, I still can’t place him.

So.  If you were taking part in the Gatliff Marathon today and passed me on the North Downs Way, “Hello! I hope your race went well, and I’m sorry that I am so bad at putting names to faces.”


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9 Responses to Drawing a blank

  1. 1) It wasn’t me.
    2) I will have to keep checking back here to read the comments just to see if the person that it was identifies themself.
    3) That’s really a bit sad of me because if/when they do, it won’t really mean anything to me. I’m just nosey.

  2. totkat says:

    James is a special case – he recognised me at TP100 having not seen a photo (that I know of). But I know what you mean… names are hard and it’s soooo annoying not being able to reciprocate when someone recognises you.

  3. mia79gbr says:

    Brilliant! I hope the person comes forward to say who it was!! 🙂

  4. Gregory Bailey says:

    Hello – I only found out last weekend when running Sheffield Graves parkrun that the “100 venues club” is the Cowell Club. I’ve now done 70 parkruns – at 70 different venues. The aim is to complete 100 at 100 venues without ever repeating one which (I am told) has not been done before – please let me know if you know otherwise! I enjoyed reading your summary of all 100 – I can confirm that they don’t blur into one: I remember all of mine. Favourites included Killerton, Conkers, Sewerby, Huddersfield (home), Clumber Park and Pymmes. Two weeks ago I did my first overseas one , in Copenhagen (does that count towards the Cowell club?). I did Lloyd Parkun in a howling blizzard, my slowest ever.

    • abradypus says:

      There are two different tables, the UK most events and the Global most events. If you’ve run an overseas parkrun, then you get to celebrate your Cowell twice – once for your Global Cowell and once for your UK Cowell. More cake 😉

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