Western Algarve Portugal Family Run

This week we have been descended upon by two branches of the family looking for sunshine and time out from the events in England.  In addition to normal child-minding duties, both families have athletic members needing motivation and guidance from yours truly.

With children and varying levels of ability to cater for this is not necessarily an easy task. However one run was to check out the fitness levels of the two Fathers without stirring up too much macho rivalry; as you know my dad’s faster than yours can lead to disharmony.

Jamie is CEO of Pepper Music promotions Ltd, born London, now living in Wiltshire. He’s run the London marathon and been competing since 2011 in the river Thames classic mile swim up the Henley regatta course for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance charity. He is now in training for the 2014 Bosphorus two and a half mile swim in Turkey.

Ian is an engineer by profession, DIY fanatic and spare time musician (blues guitar). He is a regular runner, gym goer, and two time triathlete.

The two dads set off on the cliff run with high hopes of personal best’s. Neither has vast experience of the heat and terrain posed by the Algarve in all its glory, on a bright sunny day.

Both returned safe and sound, albeit well and truly knackered; Jamie having managed to run all the way to the top of the Hill a tough test for most. Unfortunately an old snow-boarding injury put paid to Ian’s efforts and he returned nursing a swollen ankle.

What to do for the ladies and children; a shortened beach run provided the answer, Granny Mum and granddaughter Lily enthusiastically jogged along with and Jamie and myself, quite en event with three generations managing a sprint finish at the end with Lily just touching the Black Rock first.

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