October 2013 cycling statistics

Here are my cycling statistics for October 2013. I ended up doing 377.33 miles this month. Which I am more than happy with. Since I did not start cycling till, Sunday 13th October. Due to have a bad right knee. No idea what I did to it. But it 100% better now, so that’s the main thing, of course :).

So far my yearly total stands at 5,115.2 miles. Total miles since April 2003 now stands at 32,030.5.

Here is the data from October 2013:-

  • Total cycles: 17.
  • Total Distance: 377.33 miles.
  • Total Time: 31:19:18 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12 mph.
  • Max Time: 3:00:44 (h:m:s).
  • Max Speed: 32.7 mph.
  • Avg Distance: 22.20 miles.
  • Max Distance: 35.38  miles.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Here are my favourite cycling photos from the month

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Oh dear, yet another member of staff is going

I can’t believe it. Yet another great member of staff is leaving work. This time it’s Emilie! Now who I am going to get all my hugs from?? 🙁

Emilie and myself at work

Good luck with your job BTW Emilie! xx

24 hours later at North Witham…

You would not think it’s the same place, in North Witham. I was at less than 24 hours ago. The River Witham has gone back down to a more of a normal level. Just to think yesterday it was up to 1.5 metres on that sign. This time, I could even cycle over the footbridge, like I normally do.

Ford, Church Street, North Witham
Ford, Church Street, North Witham
Ford, Church Street, North Witham

Flooding at North Witham

Here are some photos I took of the flooding at North Witham, Lincolnshire. During today’s mini 26.26 mile cycle. Just to think, I normally cycle down that road and over the footbridge next to the ford.  The footbridge, was just about fully under the water!

Check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Witham to see what the ford normally looks like.

Church Street, Ford, North Witham
Church Street, Ford, North Witham
Bull Lane, North Witham
Bull Lane, North Witham

NOW Music channel launches on Freesat

NOW MusicNOW Music has just been added on Freesat channel 512.

NOW Music TV is operated by the company behind the popular “NOW That’s What I Call Music!” chart compilation albums.

It also joins, the following music channels, that can also be found on Freesat.

  • Chart Show TV (500)
  • The Vault (501)
  • Flava (502)
  • Chart Show Dance (502)
  • B4U Music (504)
  • BuzMuzik (505)
  • Bliss (506)
  • Zing (509)
  • Clubland TV (510)
  • Planet Pop (511)
  • Vintage TV (515)
  • Heart TV (516)
  • Capital TV (517)
  • Kiss (518)
  • The Box (519)
  • Heat (520)
  • Smash Hits (521)
  • Magic (523)
  • Kerrang! (524)

Information correct as at 28/10/2013

Another day, another wetsuited cycle

Since it was a bit on the cold and windy side when I left the house. I put my blueseventy axium wetsuit on yet again and went out cycling wearing it :).

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Wetsuit cyclingWetsuit cycling

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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/10/2013

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 27th October 2013)

Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo returns to his native Spain to discover what the intrepid tourists of the Belle Epoque experienced on their travels through the fading Spanish empire. In Madrid, he visits the scene of an assaination attempt at the royal wedding of a British princess and a Spanish king. In Cordoba, Michael dances with an unusual partner and enjoys all the fun of the feria. Heading further into Andalusia, Michael arrives in Seville, the city he has made his Spanish home. In the city’s tobacco factory, he learns about a gypsy girl named Carmen. After sipping sherry in Jerez, he traces Winston Churchill’s tense diplomatic mission to Algeciras on Spain’s Costa del Sol and finishes with tales of British espionage on the Rock of Gibraltar.

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 28th October 2013)

The series that reveals modern Britain through the eyes of our ambulance staff continues. This episode focuses on call outs to patients fighting for life and the medical, ethical and emotional challenges their care creates, not just for the paramedics, but also for the friends and family who may be left behind. Sixty thousand people go into cardiac arrest every year in the UK. The ambulance service treat 30,000, but only 10% of those survive. The ambulance service is working to increase the survival rate through prompt action and education about CPR. In Nottingham, Selina Conway is dispatched to a 76-year-old man who’s been found collapsed in his front garden by a stranger. CPR is the only solution.

Quitting the English Defence League: When Tommy Met Mo (BBC1/HD | 10:35pm to 11:25pm | Monday 28th October 2013)

When Tommy Robinson, then leader of the EDL, met Mo Ansar, the Muslim who campaigned to ban the EDL, on BBC One’s The Big Questions, it turned out to be the encounter that changed everything. Ansar challenged Robinson’s knowledge of Islam and offered to show him how real British Muslims live and what they actually believe in. Following the pair as each shows the other his view of British Islam, the film reveals that Ansar was present at an EDL street protest in May and was also the first Muslim to address the EDL. It shows Robinson as he visits Walsall Mosque and meets with one of Britain’s leading Muslim scholars, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra.

The Escape Artist (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th October 2013)

Legal drama series. Talented junior barrister Will Burton specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname – the Escape Artist. But when Will’s talents acquit his latest client of a brutal and high-profile murder, the consequences are chilling.

Autumn’s Supermarket Secrets (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th October 2013)

Gregg Wallace goes behind the scenes with Britain’s biggest food retailers over the course of a year to discover how they source, make and move the food we find on the supermarket shelves. In this programme, Gregg reveals how the supermarkets get us in the mood for autumn. He finds out what it takes to bring us millions of Halloween pumpkins, learns how own-label pies are made and is let into the hidden world of online supermarkets.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th October 2013)

Michael Butcher and Phil Palmer were confirmed Londoners, loft-livers in the heart of Soho, until they fell in love with Christmas Farm, near Newbury, and took the life-changing decision to quit their urban media jobs and move to the country. They faced two big problems however: first there was an agricultural tie on the land, so Phil and Michael would have to become farmers; the second problem was the uninspiring faux-alpine timber chalet serving as a farmhouse. It had to go.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st October 2013)

School-based drama. Kacey begins to feel the pressure of people’s expectations when it’s revealed the school will be having a fundraising visit from an Olympic boxing champion. The arrival of enigmatic new supply teacher Frankie McGregor divides the already fractured staff room, as well as providing an unlikely companion for an increasingly isolated Lenny.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st October 2013)

George meets a couple who have remortgaged their house to build a sensational prototype apartment inspired by a beehive. There’s also a barman who has bought a dilapidated Land Rover he plans to convert into a cocktail bar. George finds himself in a real life UFO, suspended in the trees at a tree hotel in a Swedish forest. And in Bordeaux, he meets an architect who has created a unique 41-metre-square one bed apartment behind the facade of a garage.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Photo also used by East Coast Trains on Facebook!

Tallington ECML (East Coast trains)The list of people that have used my photos, just keeps on growing…

East Coast Trains have also used the photo on there facebook page. Which can be found at www.facebook.com/eastcoastuk.

Best they are very glad I took the photo. It shows everyone just now bad it was. And why Network Rail had to close the ECML between Peterborough and Grantham for most of yesterday afternoon and well into the evening.

I believe even some 24 hours later. Only 3 of the 4 lines are fully open. The one remaining line (the fast line towards London) is open but only for use by diesel trains.

I do feel very sorry for East Coast Trains, this happens way to often on the ECML. Network Rail, do really need to sort it out!

My Tallington ECML photo made the local press!

So happy. Now one of the local news papers, has used on of my photos. I took yesterday at Tallington of the downed overhead on the ECML. Below is the photo the Peterborough Telegraph used.

Read the news article at www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/travel/latest-travel-news/severe-train-delays-for-peterborough-passengers-1-5607794.

If anyone else wants to use this photo, then just let me know :).

My now famous Tallington ECML photos

Below are my now famous Tallington ECML photos. When I heard that overhead lines had come down at Tallington. I of course had to cycle down and get some photos!

I had no idea at the time. When I posted them on twitter that both East Coast Trains (35,644 followers) and National Rail (144,390 followers) would retweet one of the photos. Which in turn, got lots of others also retweeting the photo!

I have now, lost count of how many people, that must have seen the photo!

Downed overhead lines at Tallington
Downed overhead lines at Tallington

More photos from this set can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/ecml/.

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