After damaging the tendons on my right knee a few months ago I was unable to walk properly without a lot of pain. This curtailed my activities and I was not able to do all the things I had planned.
Now that my knee is much better I can walk without too much pain, although cycling is still a bit of a problem.
One of the first activities I started again was to get in a few rounds of golf. During this time last year one of the fairways often had geese from the local pond pecking away at the grass looking for food. This year was no different.
I managed to capture a picture of the birds.
|Birds on 4th Fairway Strathclyde Park Golf Course
The birds seem fairly comfortable with the golfers walking around them and oblivious to the golf balls which come flying towards them from the tee. Unfortunately, they do leave little calling cards on the fairway which does create a mess.
The course is always in immaculate condition and the green-keepers are always about cutting the grass on the fairways , watering the greens and making the golf course a pleasant place for golfing. On one occasion one of the green-keepers was out on the green cutting the grass with a pair of scissors!
|Close-up of the fairway
|The photograph above shows how short the fairway grass has been cut and how the grass has not been allowed to dry out.
All we need now is for the rough grass at the sides of the fairway to be cut so that it makes it easier to locate lost golf balls!
Strathclyde Park Golf Club
On Tuesday (26th May) Motherwell was host to some spectacular cycling around the streets of the town centre. It was a sunny, if very cold, day but this did not deter the many spectators who came to watch the top cyclists in action.
During the day there were races and events for amateur riders before the professionals took to the streets in a display of fast cycling action. The main events of the day were the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series Round 4.
Matrix Fitness Grand Prix
Two Scottish ladies took part in the Matrix Fitness Race – Katie Archibald of the Pearl Izumi team who was the winner and Eileen Roe of Wiggle Honda who was third.
Below are some photographs from the race. (Click to enlarge). More photographs can be seen here.
Mens Race Pearl Izumi Tour Series
This was won by Kristian House of JLT Condor with Chris Opie of One Cycling and Mike Northey of Madison Genesis coming second and third.
|Kristian House, Chris Opie and Mike Northey
These three riders were out on their own for a large part of the race with the bunch frantically trying to close the gap.
One smart rider who stood out was Australian Criterium Champion Steele Von Hoff who was wearing his Australian champions jersey. He was also wearing gold plated Oakley sunglasses which looked nice.
As well as the cycling there was entertainment laid on for the fans during the day. There were also refreshments and merchandise for sale. Soreen, makers of malt loaf, were giving away free samples of the different flavours of their product. a local hotel had a barbeque in the front garden of the establishment and was selling burgers. These were very nice.
It was a great day out and a big thank you to all the sponsors and North Lanarkshire Leisure who hosted the event.
Pedal on Parliament was held on Saturday 25th April with hundreds of people cycling from the Meadows in Edinburgh to the Scottish Parliament.
A description of the walk can be read here.
Photographs can be seen here.