Day 36 – Tuesday 28th April

  • 25 minutes 150 watts
  • Flat bench, BOR and abs
  • Max heart rate = 152 bpm
  • Calories = 257 (total so far 12027)
  • Distance covered = 9.01 miles
  • Total distance so far = 411

Still on my watts programme, although just in case I was getting a bit complacent, Dave slipped it up to 175 watts for the last 5 minutes! It was time to ring the changes with the music and Rag and Bone Man was our choice for today.

My journey today takes me to the famous Gretna Green and the site of many a runaway marriage.

So why did couples wanting to marry flee to Gretna Green?

In the middle of the 18th-century England introduced new laws to tighten marriage arrangements. Couples had to reach the age of 21 before they could marry without their parents’ consent and their marriage had to take place in a church.

Scottish law, however, was different: you could marry on the spot, in a simple ‘marriage by declaration’, or ‘handfasting’ ceremony, only requiring two witnesses and assurances from the couple that they were both free to marry. As you can imagine this soon led to the inevitable influx of countless thousands of young couples running away to marry over the border – and Gretna Green was the first village in Scotland on the main route from London. Right at the heart of the village was the Blacksmith’s shop which became the location for the hasty weddings, with the Blacksmith conducting the ceremony for a ‘wee dram’ or a few guineas.

It is now a large commercial enterprise with a choice of wedding venues, still a popular choice for romantic weddings – but they are certainly going to cost more than a ‘wee dram’ or a few guineas!

And as we reach the end of the 5th week of the JoGLE challenge and we are thrilled to report that donations including gift aid have now topped £1000.

Donations to date: £850.00 + Gift Aid: £151.75 = Grand total: 1001.75

Yet again a huge thank you to all our supporters and donors.

As usual we also bring you an update on the chestnut tree. It’s looking quite magnificent now with the candles in full bloom, although sadly today it’s without the beautfiul blue sky.

And as we like to end on a sunny note, this poem seems to sum up what we are all doing at the moment, whether it’s working, cycling, running, walking, knitting, sewing or just getting through each day.

How to Get There

Go to the end of the path until you get to the gate.

Go through the gate and head straight out towards the horizon.

Keep going towards the horizon.

Sit down and have a rest every now and again,

But keep on going, just keep on with it.

Keep on going as far as you can.

That’s how you get there.

Michael Leunig