I was kindly given a present for my 60th by my work colleagues at the MU of 50 laps for a friend and myself at the multi-level 400m Go-Kart Track in Mitcham, south London, and so Mark Batchelor and I drove over to the site early this morning. We joined the group of 6 other drivers for the pre-race briefing, before putting on the driving suit, helmet and gloves, and heading out on the track in the superb petrol-engine karts.

It took a few laps to settle into the environment, the feel of the vehicles and how to handle the tight corners, but it was not long before we were throwing ourselves around and on occasion overtaking our race rivals. I am happy to report I did not crash the kart at any stage (unlike some others) and although neither Mark nor I finished winners, we enjoyed the drive and would recommend the experience to all-comers.  We returned to Beckenham High Street and a fine lunch at Em’s, opposite St George’s Church.  More good news arrived from Petts Wood FC, as Ben’s team The Warren had notched up another victory, winning by the impressive margin of 5-1.  It’s been some weekend, what with Bournemouth also winning 5-0 at Brighton yesterday!