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The Cat and Custard Pot, Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire   1 comment

Cat and Custard Pot Shipton Moyne sign southside

A little out-of-the-way on this run, I couldn’t resist the name “Cat and Custard Pot.”  As it turned out, the pub was worthy of the extra mileage without the moniker which has something to do with a fictional pub used as a meeting place in an old novel, an illustration from which appears on the south face of the pub sign (above).

Cat and Custard Pot Shipton Moyne pump clip

Spoilt for choice on the range of beers, I still wasn’t sure which I was going to use for the Daily Tipple and as I was drawn to the Elmers pump clip I went with that one (Elmer was the Flying Monk for which the brewery was named, a truly mad 12th century friar).  It was not at all a bad choice, either, brewed just down the road and yet a very American styled (floral hops and lots of ’em) beer.

Cat and Custard Pot Shipton Moyne Elmers

Sitting around outside with the sweat drying in the cool breeze, I listened to the family conversations nearby (“more pooh, please,” requested a kid that had been escorted to the loo a couple of times already) and noticed the north side of the pub sign was much more modern:

Cat and Custard Pot Shipton Moyne sign northside

Spotting the sign to the church where I would pick up the next segment of my trek, I finished my drink and headed out.  This, however, is definitely worth another stop when I’m out this way next.

Cat and Custard Pot Shipton Moyne

2014 Malmesbury Carnival 10K   7 comments

2014 Malmesbury 10K leftovers

I forgot that I signed up for the Malmesbury Carnival 10K until I received an email reminder last week.  I also forgot that upon registration for the event I was given the option of personalizing my bib number.  When I went to pick it up, the guy ahead of me had put down “Mel Gibson,” prompting me to mutter, ‘jackass,’ under my breath.  I gave my name and the volunteer retrieved my number whilst reading back “Pub Crawl.”  Jackass, indeed.


2014 Malmesbury 10K below Abbey

We started beneath the Abbey but you really couldn’t see it from the start and it was at your back or obscured by houses after the horn blew.  The race I ran was pretty disappointing on its own merits: I didn’t even break 45 minutes, the race was chip timed, and the field was small so I cannot blame starting at the back of the pack (maybe I lost 30 seconds filtering through the crowd in the first kilometer but no excuses…I was capable of sub-40 but really couldn’t ask myself to try that hard).

Malmesbury 10K with 2nd pub crawl loop included


So, I cleared the finishing mat and was confronted by the mayor, herself, hanging the finishing medals on all comers.  It was mortifying but it would have been rude to decline and I was able to remove it once out of the tent and moving on toward my fish lunch.

The next step was to live up to the Pub Crawl label and to extend the daily mileage by hitting all the pubs within a short detour of the race path (linked here).  This resulted in a net 15 miles with stops at the Red Bull, the Cat and Custard Pot, and the Horse Guards before a valedictory beverage at the Three Cups.   There were still a few stragglers coming in on the B4040 as I headed out and an intermittent-to-steady stream of cyclists but, largely, I had the quiet roads to myself.

race photos


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