THE Standard Chartered Stanley Marathon in the Falkland Islands has always been challenging. Not just because it is the most southerly AIMS certified marathon, but because of the persistent westerly winds. This makes the slug along the exposed By-Pass up to the turning point at Sapper Hill especially demoralising; the marathon is not just about fitness levels, but also a psychological feat.

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AMONG many favourite sayings about governments, and always in my top 10 is ‘the government’s like a mule, it’s slow and it’s sure; it’s slow to turn, and it’s sure to turn the way you don’t want it.’

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