Saturday, 31 March 2018

Bournemouth Quarter Marathon & Visiting The Mary Rose









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
The archer's skeleton tells a story of long hours of training from a young age- you can't decide to become a longbowman as a teenager or older, if you don't start training young, you don't build the necessary musculature needed to pull the string of the bow back. This archer has large depressions on his bones, especially the arm bones, which suggests his muscles were well-developed, he also has twists in his lower spine typical of longbowmen.



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!

CT :o)


25 comments:

  1. I must pop by the Mary Rose again soon. Like you I watched her being lifted many years ago. We went along to visit in the early days and were mightily impressed by the exhibits even then. No doubt it will be even better next time we go. Well done on the quarter marathon. Have to say Bournemouth isn’t one of my top ten places (sorry Bournemouth lovers x) Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. You won’t be disappointed- it’s utterly amazing x

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  2. This is less than 30 minutes from us, we have not been since the huge new buildings, your post has me wanting to go again, it's now on our summer list of things to do.

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    1. I’m sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.

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    1. Honestly, it’s spine-tingling stuff, seeing it in the raw.

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  4. My son once asked his great uncle if he used to be the Captain of the Mary Rose before he retired... (he was a Navy Captain). I would enjoy visiting, looks very interesting. I am sorry your race was not terribly exciting. Well done all the same. Have a lovely Easter weekend. x

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  5. It looks amazing, as well as the other artefacts. All fascinating stuff, glad you enjoyed your trip there. Hope you have a good day tomorrow. CJ xx

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  6. Looks less fun than a Parkrun! The Mary Rose looks great though displayed more upright like that

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    1. It was less fun than parkrun. As for the MR, I still can’t stop looking at the photos.

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  7. Great, thank you. The poundage on the pull of those bows was about 150 - 170. The poundage on modern bows is around 35 - 40.

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  8. E did her year 12 work experience on in the Mary Rose Museum. It was too far for me to drop her off and come home again, so I actually spent the whole week pottering round the historic dockyard - I loved every minute. By the end of the week she had learned so much and was giving tours. R has never seen it, so I recently spent some Tesco vouchers on 2 tickets. Now we just need some decent weather! Well done on the run. xx

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    1. Wow! Fantastic! What a superb work experience for her. It was pouring when we went and worked well as a wet day activity x

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  9. Brilliant. I've been tantalizingly close to going in to see it twice now but haven't been in so it was really interesting to see your photos. Have a Happy Easter x

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  10. The Mary Rose Experience and the Portsmouth Docks is a fab experience... Willem was especially amazed at how long an archer trained and the age they started!
    Bournemouth is my old stomping ground.. Uni days!
    Good work CT ... Happy Easter! Xxx

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    1. It is incredible, so much to see and learn. Happy Easter to you all too xx

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  11. When I went there they were still spraying the ship so I remember mostly feeling very cold!
    I went to a fantastic museum in Stockholm with a viking ship inside it- so interesting to see all the artefacts.

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    1. And you couldn't see much through the glass. Now it's astonishing. Would love to see a Viking ship too.

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  12. How fabulous! That exhibition looks so absorbing. I remember watching the ship being brought to the surface on Blue Peter all those years ago. It is a pity about your uninspiring race but all those miles are great to have under your belt. Hope you all are having a lovely Easter.x

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    1. You'd love it. Next time you're in Southampton....

      Thanks for the positive reminder about the miles run...you're quite right to focus on that. Any further news on your 10k race? xx

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  13. Wow, haven't been there since I was small (some would argue I'm still small, I know, Lol!) It looks fascinating. I can recommend Hampton Court if you like history too. xxx

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