The Annual Liberace Run
By Mango Groove
Turning up at Lib’s favourite spot – Wan Tau Kok Lane – Plod, One Eyed Jack, Gail Says No and Mango Groove were observed stretching and lifting a few weights. Because Libs always sets a toughie. However, their warm-up routine was suddenly halted upon the arrival of Eunuch and his Granny. She was quite a big Granny and all assembled suddenly rushed towards her to have a better look, including Dingaling and Overdue, who’d arrived on public transport and were looking a bit hot and sweaty. Anyway a very frustrated Eunuch pops out of his Granny blurting out some strange phrases such as “she’s still got some tickets on her” and “she drinks a lot”. Plod said Eunuch’s Granny smells of sex and Mango reckoned she was a bit on the wide side but Liberace loved her.
After further messing about the hare gave us instructions. “It is a short flat run,” he announced deadpan. So off we went to the first check that took us down into the subway and out near the MTR. In usual Tai Po Market fashion we got lost looking for trail and mislaid Plod completely after the second check. Picking up trail near the bridge and after running along the nullah for a bit we started to head upwards towrds Hill Top Gardens, where a few checks kept us together before arriving at the steps leading up the hill. At this point One Eyed Jack turned back, leaving Eunuch, Dingaling, Gail Says No and Mango to continue onwards. Actually the steps were not as difficult as we first anticipated and we eventually arrived at a junction with a check leading us leftwards and up some more steps. Everything was looking nice and easy at this point but our beloved Libs did not fail to live up to his reputation. The trail then took us down and down through dense forest, no real trail just the traditional Liberace “Well let me see what’s down here” type of trail. Eventually we came out onto a ridge wall, ten feet above the village boundary. We walked along this wall for about 20 metres, looking into windows and above vinyl PVC sheeting. After running around the perimeter of the village we eventually came onto Shan Tong Road for a nice run back towards Tai Po Market MTR and On Home. Talk at the bucket included Salesman’s Sek Kong Hash run the previous Sunday, and the upcoming Dragon Boat Race. At this point Golden Jelly had joined us but looked pretty exhausted stretched out on the concrete. Dingaling ran the circle and after a few more cans we headed home. Excellent run, Liberace; look forward to your full comeback in 2015.