What…..all the way from St Ives?

Catching sight of the logo on the back of my club shirt, someone asked me the other day in Salcey Forest: “Have you come all the way from St Ives?”. “Well, from a village about 20 miles away” I said. “So when did you set off?” he asked. “Oh, about two hours ago” I replied.  There was a pregnant pause…..he gave me one of those looks that told me “You have got to be kidding….what do you take me for?”. Before he could accuse me of deceit or pulling a fast one on him, I pre-empted his retort by saying: “You know there is a St Ives in Cambridgeshire?”.  Apparently not. The only St Ives he had ever heard of was in Cornwall, a mere 325 miles away!

However, yesterday it was great to be out on a brisk 62 mile (100 kms) Sunday club run with St Ives CC Cambridgeshire, enjoying the banter of the peloton as the miles rolled by, and sampling the offerings of a brand new café at Woodford Mill, which had a tea garden overlooking the river rushing through a weir. So idyllic was the setting that some in the group were tempted to prolong their stay. But once back on the bike, with the rhythm of  peloton restored, we all found ourselves once again in that familiar comfort zone that sees the miles roll by almost effortlessly.

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on June 11, 2012, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. And how smart so many of you look in the new KALAS club kit !!!

  2. Edward Valletta

    Looks like a good ride – can I have the route please?

  3. As a St Ives resident, I know only too well that confusion with St Ives, Cornwall. People sometimes think they’re doing us a favour by correctiong the postal address to Cornwall. There is a third, very obscure, St Ives near Bournemouth. However, I am proud to say that our St Ives is the genuine one – famous for the Seven Wives ditty.Our saint is Ivo whereas St Ives, Cornwall is named after St Ia, not the same person at all.

    • Interesting background info there, Andy. I could not work out how the Cornish St Ives derived its name from their patron saint. But then it´s probably a corruption of a name in the Cornish language (which I understand has an extant grammar and a dictionary, though few, if any, speakers).

  4. Len Lockwood

    IF you had come from the proper St Ives you could have called in for a cuppa

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