I'm struggling to drum up much enthusiasm about this morning's race in order to describe it to you. It was a more or less out and back road race through fairly uninspiring suburbia, following the people in front along pavements on a cold, grey, windy day by the sea with no crowd support and silent marshals.
My time was good: two minutes faster than the previous 10k, and I felt I ran technically well with negative splits and overtaking in the final couple of miles, but it really wasn't an inspiring or interesting race and one I doubt I'll return to. The organisation was good, the setting just wasn't my cup of tea.
More interesting by far was our visit yesterday to the Mary Rose. Henry VIII's warship had seen 33 years of action and been substantially rebuilt in 1536 before she went under the waves during a battle with the French in 1545. She was brought back to the surface of the Solent in 1982 (I remember watching it on tv) and now lives in Portsmouth. When we last went, they were still spraying her so you couldn't see much. Now, she is on full view and Oh My Goodness is she amazing. I got goosebumps - M had to come back from the exhibits to find out where I'd got to, I just couldn't stop staring at her.
The whole thing has been done superbly, so the visitor experience is fantastic. All the items found on the ship make up the display which is on three floors and designed so you feel you are on the ship itself, with sections at the end describing life on board, the personal effects that were found and the story of the ship itself.
I was struck by the longbows the last time we visited and they held me captive again yesterday, they just look brand new.
|Number 8 is a fragment of string- all that's left from the bow string.|
|Longbows, looking shiny and new, not 500+ years old|
When we were leaving, we passed a sign quite some distance from the museum warning us we were in arrow-range of the Mary Rose. I couldn't believe how far it was. Really impressive.
It's definitely worth a visit to Portsmouth's Naval Dockyards Museum. You can buy tickets just for the Mary Rose, but Nelson's Victory is also there and having been on that before it's definitely worth a walk around, plus they have an early 20th Century warship painted in Dazzle Camouflage, black and white zigzag lines inspired by moths and mammals who use it to confuse predators, which is fascinating to see. The tickets are valid for a year too (I should be a tour guide).
Hope all are well? Happy Easter!