Living in London, I don’t talk as much to my neighbours as I did in my Northern youth. I had my annual conversation with one of my more talkative neighbours on Sunday morning. Here’s a snippet:
Neighbour: How did you get on in the [London] marathon this year?
Me: I didn’t get a place.
Neighbour: Oh, are there are a lot of entrants?
Me: Yes, it’s three times over-subscribed. But I did run the Edinburgh Marathon in June.
Neighbour: Really? Was that the same sort of distance?
I kept a straight face, honestly I did. Hmm… I wonder if Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile because he was doing a half-mile race?