The rain continued to stay away from the island today as it celebrated the countries heritage, now 400 years old with the Bermuda Day Holiday. We haven't had any rain of any significance for about a month. Bermudians depend on the weather for their water, collected on roofs and stored in underground tanks and at the moment supplies are very low. Tank Rain as the locals call it is due later this week.
Today's heat meant for a tough 13.1 miles for the Bermuda Derby
runners competing in the 100th half marathon event run from Somerset to Hamilton, the leaders passing our house at around 10.15am this morning. The cyclists and rollerbladers had already gone through. A few dressed up, namely Batman and Robin, two blokes I know from work. Both crossed the line hand in hand with a time of 2hrs 7mins. American Christopher Estwanik won the race for the 2nd year running in 1hr 9mins. Victoria Fiddick from Sweden won the womens race.
Later was the annual Bermuda Day Parade in Hamilton. Families stake their places along Front Street often from the night before and we were down there to witness floats come slowly by accompanied by loud music. It was colourful and fun for an hour or so, with the traditional Gombeys stealing the show although the majorette's only served to highlight Bermuda's obesity problem. Bloody 'ell