Thursday, 23 July 2009

temporary marking paint (not)

For the past week or so I've been the subject of quite a few jokes regarding the orange paint on the road near the scout hut on Burras Lane in Otley.

The paint is supposed to be 'temporary marking paint' but despite lots of rain since the Run To London it still hasn't proved to be temporary.  It has faded slightly though in the nine weeks it's been there.

Although most people who see that writing will know what it was all about I have to have a laugh to myself when I think about the markings on the road at 100 miles, 200 km, 150 miles, 300 km and 200 miles.  People who see those will have absolutely no idea why they are there or what they are for.

The 100 mile mark was about 2.5 miles north of Melton Mowbray, just outside the village of Scalford.

The 200 km mark was in the village of Great Easton, just south of Eyebrook Reservoir.

The 150 mile mark was less than a mile south of Hinwick.

The marks for 100 miles, 200 km and 150 miles were on relatively busy country roads but the 300 km mark was on a very quiet country lane just south of Breachwood Green.

By contrast the 200 mile point though was a couple of miles south of Hatfield on the main road known as the A1000 or the Great North Road.  People must see the words '200 miles' on the road every day and wonder what lies 200 miles away and why those words are there.

Photos by Keir Carver, Huw Illingworth, Helen Barber, Huw Illingworth and Steve Harvey.

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