It always happens. Some free loader jumps on board. For a first class freebie flight through the woodland. Its normally the sharpest and jauntiest pebble of the land that floats through a triumphant arc and land in the bottom of my shoe. Slithering through a 2 millimeter opening with laser like precision. No other purpose than to stab the arch of my foot to oblivion.

I’d met my new nemesis on a little ledge of sun baked mud. After the ankle stroking heather, before the eye tickling hill roll, and besides the head swooshing tree jump. Perfectly placed on my…

Adam Batty

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