British French Joy Weekend
- At the weekend we were joined by our French and Scottish friends for
our British-French joy weekend. It was held in a conference centre
in the Chiltern hills. From the hotel there was a stunning view
across the valley. Autumn is a very colourful time of the year in
England, with trees turning a myriad of different colours. We were
even blessed with some sunshine, which can be quite a rarity at this
time of year. It was a beautiful setting for a relaxing and fun
weekend. The whole weekend was very well organised by the Bristol
centre. We enjoyed a selection of spiritual activities, light-
hearted entertainment, and some excellent vegetarian food.
I had the weekend off racing my bike; instead I used it to try and
find a suitable 2 mile running course. The grounds were a bit small,
so I chose a field across the road. It was a bit muddy, but I was
pleased to measure a relatively flat course. Unfortunately, near the
end I met the farmer, who politely, patiently and nonviolently
explained that his land was unavailable.
Looking for another course, I cycled around the roads. They would
have been OK, but they had no pavement so they were a bit dangerous.
Later I came across another field with goalposts. It looked like a
public park, so I started cycling round. Unfortunately, I soon
realised it was actually somebody's (impressively large) back
garden! Though delightfully farmer-free, it was nonetheless private
Finally I found a suitable course. It was approximately 1 mile down
a hill and then 1 mile up the hill. It didn't seem too bad on my
bike, but some runners told me it wasn't quite what they were used
However, I think I'm right in saying that many years ago the Sri
Chinmoy Centre organised a marathon which ran up and down a hill in
Maybe if we have a French joy day in the Alps or Pyranees, perhaps I
will be able to organise a 10 mile hill race up Alpe d'Huez or Mont
Ventoux. That would be great fun.
*One Yorkshire lass reportedly tried to break a pool cue over
Richard's nose, but then who hasn't? :-)