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A cooks life.

A cooks life.
Mombaruzzo, Italy

Mombaruzzo, Italy


Another slow start to the day courtesy of Kate and I resting before the big race tomorrow. A lazy breakfast in the gardens followed by some relaxation before taking part in a 2 hour cooking class at the Villa we are staying in. Charlie, who is our chef, took us through the art of making Pasta, Pesto and Gnocchi. It’s amazing how easy it is to make pasta and pesto, even I could have a crack at it when we get home! Our efforts in the kitchen were then plated up by Charlie and served for lunch….delicious. After lunch Hugh and I came to the conclusion that we needed to head back into Turin to sort out the Bib Numbers and timing chips for tomorrow’s 10km race. An hour and half and several JJ Cale tracks later (RIP JJ) we arrived in Turin but could not find the Stadium, so back to the Games Centre for directions then off again to find the Stadium. GPS was in meltdown. Eventually we came to our destination and proceeded to find the room where our long lost Bib numbers were residing, but no timing chips, they were to be collected at the start line on race day. Why??? That’s just the way the Italian’s roll, and also because we had to pay €10 for our timing chip which would then be refunded on return. So, 2 Bib numbers later and we’re back in the car heading home. But not before Hugh had the opportunity to watch the over 70’s Men run the 400 metres heat at the Stadium. These geezers may be old, but what an inspiration. Upon arrival back at the Villa, Kate and Sal were by the pool enjoying their first Spritzer. Shameful!! Another couple joined us tonight, Ann and Peter Baker, who are friends of Maddy and Simon’s, so our group has now expanded to 8. You can well imagine the noise level coming from the dinner table, with 5 girls and 3 boys all competing with each others conversations. It’s going to be a long 3 days for the other guests. An earlyish night for Kate and I as we prepare for our run tomorrow. The plan is to meet at 6.15am for a quick brekky, kindly organised by our hosts, before heading back into Turin, again, for the big race. If Registration is anything to go by, we can’t wait to see how tomorrow pans out.


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