Monday, 26 April 2010
one ultra collie, there's only one ultra collie! (highland fling 2010)
my own personal story doesn't matter. i want charlie to have the limelight he desrerves.
he was the first ever dog 'flinger' (a 53 mile race along the West Highland Way for those who dont know it) and this year makes it three in a row..a triple crown for the boy. an amazing achievement by any standards. no other dog measures up to that.
as right as rain at the end as he was at the start. walk for a minute and a stick was placed at your feet by yours sincerely. thanks to lots of the competitors that joined in with his game.
his indomitable spirit is to be beholden and the reason why he enters so many hearts so quickly (even after he'd rolled in some badger 'stuff' and was smelling slightly ripe as a result!)
a four-legged inspiration. more importantly, the best running companion i could wish for.
he runs with a smile, a joie de vivre that i can only aspire towards
it made me so happy and so emotional to hear the piper pipe us both in and to cross the finish line with a true champ of champions.
he's a fling legend and god willing there just might be another fling left in us both
ps a huge thanks to murdo, ellen and everyone involved in the fling..the helpers who are so kind, all the cheery supporters at the checkpoints and the finish, all the friendly participants that you get chatting to along the way and the faster ones that pass with encouraging words. its brutal yes but without doubt for me and the boy its the best event in the world. thank you so much for making us feel so welcome and elated at the finish line every time we come. we really appreciate it. we'll hopefully be back for a final fling next year.