Everything you wanted to know about the Pub
Jog and more..... a work in progress as the memories gradually appear
through the haze of old age! Any contributions please email the author (link at bottom of page). Last updates November 2010.
- In the beginning... The Pub Jog
was started in Week 10, Autumn term 1988, initiated by the then
club president and secretary Dave Hunter and Steve Mills. Among
the early participants were the legendary Jonny 'Lightweight' Slowe
and Mike 'MC' Hope. The current route is largely unchanged from
the very first Jog.
Pub Jog 15 featuring some of the original Pub
Joggers, from left to right: Tracy Brown, Dave "Chunder"
Wood, (forgotten name), Mike "MC" Hope, Jonny "Lightweight"
Slowe, Chris "Strickers" Strickland.
- Tell me why I hate... The Pub
Jog has been on a Monday for every occasion except one.. Pub Jog
15 was held on a Saturday (end of week 9 summer term). BIG MISTAKE!
Pubs all crowded with locals and no Top Banana (or the Market Place
Disco (MPD) as it was in those days) afterwards.
- Student apathy... Since the
very first Pub Jog they have been held at the end of week 10 of
every term.. except one. This is why the summer Pub Jog number is
no longer divisible by 3 (as the more alert non-arts students may
have noticed). Summer term 1998 the exec at that time all had more
important social engagements to arrange.. apparently.
- The first mistake... Somewhere
round about Pub Jog 8 someone thought it would be a good idea to
have a lunchtime Pub Dash on the day of the Pub Jog.. i.e. at lunch
do the Pub Jog route but have a short at each pub instead of a pint,
then do the Pub Jog route as normal in the evening with a pint at
each. Needless to say this was only ever attempted once.. without
- BBQ... A more successful tradition
that happens on and off is a 'Pub Jog' barbeque for lunchtime before
the summer Pub Jog... social sec take note!
- Pub Jog 7... this Pub Jog will
for ever go down in history as being the firstPub Jog when someone
has been picked up half-way round the route by an ambulance and
taken to hospital. The culprit, "Stevey G" (full name kept anonymous
for legal reasons), collapsed and woke up in hospital next morning
with a drip unfortunately removing fluid from his arm instead of
supplying it! Incidentally Steve is now a pillar of the community,
teacher and father of two (at last count)!
- Since then... there have been
at least two further hospital incidents involving falling over an inaminate
object and being picked up by an ambulance at Phantom Coach (nice
one Dan) and more recently someone managed to spike themselves as
they climbed over a security fence (but they went to hospital by
car so it doesn't really count!). Oh, and someone managed to do serious
damage to themselves jumping over a 1 foot high hedge and had to be collected
by the head of UK Athletics (his dad).
- Long arm of the law... However, to the best of my knowledge no one has ever been escorted away from the Pub Jog
by the police. We've had a car come round for a second look a couple of times, but so far no nights sobering up in jail for anyone.
- The Greyhound... A tradition of
the club that I'm actually glad has faded out is the 'Greyhound'
which was a regular on the first 15 or so Pub Jogs. This is basically
a drink which nearly got the club thrown out of a women only college
in Durham on one particularly eventful night! It goes something
like this: one measure of Drambuie, one measure of Cointreau, set
fire to it and place your hand over the glass so that the glass
sucks itself to the palm of your hand. Then wave the glass around,
stuck to your hand, as long as your dare, peel it off and down it
in one. Not for the faint-hearted (or weak stomached).
- When 10 became 11... Look closely
on the back of the t-shirt for Pub
Jog 12 you will notice the 'Coombe Abbey Inn' crossed out and
the first mention of the Hearsall Inn. The previous Pub Jog the
Coombe Abbey was under new management, who decided that they didn't
like the look of us and refused to even let us on the premises...
so we went next door instead! By the next Pub Jog the management
had changed again (hardly surprising) so we went back but kept the
Hearsall Inn too which is why to this day we still go to both!
- Other RIP pubs... More recently (2008?) we have also lost the Earlsdon Cottage (renovated and became an over 21s bar) replaced by The Old Clarence and even more recently (2010) The Herald, the original starting Pub, has closed down now replaced by a quick one at The Varsity.
- Change of name.... You may also
notice that up until Pub Jog 15 we used to go to a pub called 'The
Buttontop' as the second stop. This is in fact the same pub as the
Farmhouse we stop at now, just a change of name.
- Broken hearts... Just too many
stories to put here, but probably best if I don't (Stan will thank
me even if no one else does). Basically be careful out there!
- Canley Ford.. It was always traditional
to run THROUGH the ford rather than along the raised path next to
it which did make for wet feet and in some cases wet everything.
Unfortunately the council in their wisdom decided to make the place
'look prettier' by putting stupid boulders in convenient positions
so now I wouldn't recommend running through the water unless you're
completely stupid or drunk.... oh...
- Too much effort...? Before the
City Arms became a Wetherspoons it was the Pub Jog venue for sit-up
and press-up competitions.. the usual format being who could do
the most of each in a set time limit amongst those brave enough
to make a fool of themselves. It certainly gave the locals something
to laugh at. One year the author of this page had to grudgingly
relinquish his press-up crown to a girl.. but in my defence she
did then go on to win the 1500m at the World Student Games! The sit ups still continue,
but now outside which isn't always ideal!
- Errmmm.... Another tradition which
is still with us, but which I probably shouldn't mention in such
a public forum as the Web is.. errmmm.. let's just say that as the
Pub Jog is in it's final stages people usually start flagging.
- Sad b*****d...? The record for
most number of Pub Jogs done is held by this page's author, currently
(as of November 2010) standing at 61... an unbroken run from Pub Jog
5 when he was a 2nd year undergrad.
- FOOD..... A history of the Pub
Jog cannot be complete without at least a fleeting mention of 'Gabriels',
the fish and chip shop we descend on in a horribly drunken state.
Despite the state of us by this stage they always provide us with
much needed nourishment!