‘Carry on chaps’

'Carry on chaps'

I took a drive down to the Sea-front this morning and sat a while watching the last minute preparations taking place for ‘The Bupa Great South Run’ this weekend.

This is Europe’s leading 10 mile road race, with 21,000 runners. It is on a fast, flat course through Southsea, Portsmouth and passes some of our naval heritage, such as HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.

There are however major concerns about how our recent weather might impact on the enjoyment of the thousands of spectators and the runners alike.

This week we have has seen some storms and we have seen horrendous floods and torrential downpours. And as I stated in a previous blog Hayling Island bore the brunt and witnessed it’s own small tornado!

And so with all of this uncertainty and understandable concern being expressed I truly hoped that the immense and admirable efforts of these many workers here today would now pay off? They deserve it, because they all do such an amazing job

It is only due to the months and months of planning and preparation dedication and back breaking effort, that all of those attending this weekend can be assured they will be safe and feel able to share and enjoy an atmosphere which is hard to even attempt to put down in words!

It’s thanks to all those faceless people behind the scenes positively promoting not only this magnificent event but also the City of Portsmouth.
Ensuring that wherever the television cameras are poised then our City is always seen to be looking it’s absolute best.

So may I wish all of them and all of the wonderful participants, a safe and successful event.

But in conclusion I have to say that any personal concerns I harboured were put aside once and for all as I drove home today past the D-Day Museum.

For if ever there were one person that you would wish to be present and overseeing this almost militaryalistic operation then I couldn’t imagine anyone better.

Standing proudly above the aluminium road barriers was none other than a gentleman who was possibly Britain’s greatest Military leader during World War 2.

‘Monty’ Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery of Alamein! Now could you think of anyone better to reassure the workers involved that this event was to be nothing less than a complete success?

When asked what qualities he felt went to make a good leader; Monty replied:

“A leader should see the big picture and not become bogged down in the details.
He must not be petty. He must choose men well. He should trust those under him and let them get on with their jobs without interference.
He must have the ability to make clear decisions. He should inspire confidence.
Finally he must have a proper sense of religious truth and acknowledge it to his troops.”

“Sounds like a good plan to me?”

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