Doctors for years have urged Alf to exercise for the sake of his health.
He has been reluctant to do the docs’ bidding and is always suspicious of advice that would reduce the time he can spare for vigorous elbow bending in the Eketahuna Club.
His suspicions have been fortified by the bad experience of a woman in Britain whose doctors advised her to go walking.
Now she is dead.
The exercise thing is seriously over-rated.
Alf became wary after Bing Crosby, one of Mrs Grumble’s heart throbs, suffered a fatal heart attack in 1977 while playing golf near Madrid, in Spain.
He finished 18 holes with a score of 85, and with a partner, defeated two Spanish golf pros. After his last putt, Bing bowed to applause and said, “It was a great game.” He was about 20 yards from the clubhouse, when he collapsed from a massive heart attack.
He was 74.
Much more recently, and much younger, a former Italy Olympic silver medallist, Vigor Bovolenta, died after suffering a heart attack during a fourth-tier volleyball match.
Bovolenta, who was about to turn 38 in May, collapsed on the court during Volley Forli’s visit to Lube Macerata…
Attempts by medics to resuscitate Bovolenta failed and he was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
And didn’t Ron Jarden, the great All Black wing, suffer his fatal heart attack after jogging?
Dunno about the statistics in this country.
But according to the Center for Disease Control in the US, 400,000 Americans die every year during exercise, a sporting event or shortly thereafter, of which 100,000 are under the age of 30 and 300,000 are over the age of 30.
With a population of just under 312 million people in the US, this equates to 1 death by exercise out of every 797.5 living people.
Ah, said Alf’s doctor.
But you don’t have to run – a brisk walk once a day will do you good.
Tell that to the 53-year-old woman who was found dead in a field in Darenth Wood Road, near to Darent Valley Hospital, in Dartford, Kent, the other day.
An account of what happened can be found here.
It was reported in The Sun that the woman, from Gravesend in Kent, was a patient at the nearby hospital who had been advised by doctors to take a walk.
She took the advice and is thought to have been savagely kicked to death by a horse.
The mauled body is believed to have been found five hours after the brutal attack with the horse still standing over her.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘It is believed that a stallion in the field where the body was found may have caused her death.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and Duty Inspector Roy Kingston said the stallion has not yet been put down following the incident.
But why should the poor bloody stallion be put down?
The ownership of the animal perhaps has come into considerations.
According to The Sun the horse belongs to gypsies. It is said to have launched at the woman as she walked through the field.
But the doctors who recommended the woman go walking look much more culpable and therefore should be held to account.
If she had stayed safe and snug in her bed, chances are she would be alive today.