Friday, 1 April 2011

A - Z Blogging Challenge: Day 1 - A is for Anecdote

Co-Host of theWell it looks like the A-Z Blogging Challenge has started, and hundreds of bloggers are taking part in Blogging everyday except Sundays with a unique post starting with the letter that corresponds to that day. A little confused..? Don't be, without Sundays April makes up 26 days, Bingo thats how many letters there are in the Alphabet, well in this country anyway! I first heard about this challenge from the blog 'Tossing it Out' so I thank him for making be aware of the task ahead.
So A is the first letter - so lets begin the challenge.

A is for Anecdote - So I am going to tell you all a little story...

Once upon time I was visiting my sister at university with a great of mine, we had stayed for a night and had really enjoyed our time there. It is was the winter of 2007, but there was no snow, it was only October and we wanted to head home after our stay.

We crossed over the road to go to the train station which was only two minutes from my sisters house, when we walked up to the station we were told it was closed. Yes in this moment we panicked and had a moment of craziness where we thought we must endure a bus ride of 3 hours opposed to a short 1hr30min train journey.

All was not to be feared....we would solve the problem. There was another train station only 10minutes away, so we believed we could walk there and catch the train we were meant to catch, it was just starting its journey there instead of the end of the line.

We left the closed train station and headed to cross back over the road and to my sisters house to inform her she would need to get dressed and ready and show us how to get to the other train station.

However, we hit a massive problem...Out of nowhere in the road was hundreds of people, and first we were stunned and confused to what the heck was going on.
We Established that not only was it a hundred people in the road, but hundreds of people moving very fast, we has stumbled upon a MARATHON!

It was the Great South Run in Portsmouth (2007), and we were stuck on the other side of the road. In the space of five minutes, the place had filled up whilst we were in the station.
We didn't know how to cross back over the road, amongst all the fun-runners, and hardcore runners. Collection buckets and people cheering runners on had appeared.

We rang my sister is a daze, confused as of what to do, the runners were blocking a road we needed to cross, and they were going all the way down it. On the phone we were waving to my sister on the other side of the road, seeing the hope of us returning home fading away into afar.

We had to make a decision, and it had to be quick, we didn't want to be stuck with the bus replacement service.
Our decision was to join in the marathon, I know it sounds strange, but he had to.

With our back packs and hooded coats, we stumbled into the road, amongst the short wearing athletes/fun runners. We couldn't walk across as there were too many of them, so we ran.

We were running the opposite direction from the house for about 10 seconds, as we ran diagonally down the road from one curb to another, trying not to get caught up in the feet of serious runners with stop watches.

We made to the other side, a little confused and in uncontrollable laughter. We had made it.

Our day ended well, but on the way to the next train station we had to cross over the marathon again, there was nothing we could have done.
It was a day to remember, and I will never forget it.


  1. What a funny anecdote. Quite the adventure you had.

    I look forward to following your A-Z journey as you are part of the blogs I committed to following as part of my goal. I added myself as a follower of your blog.

    Inspired By Lisa A-Z

  2. Thanks Lisa, Look forward to reading your posts, hope the challenge goes great for both of us

  3. That was one crazy story. Anecdote was a good word to start off with.

    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

  4. Wow, how crazy! But at least you got a good story to tell out of it. :D

    Good luck on all the rest of your blog challenges!

  5. Anecdote... original... I like it.