Stephen: Ashlie, Ashlie? Are you there? Ah, no signal. I’ll have to send her a text. OK, right. ‘Where are you? – You are late – Race about to start.’
Ashlie: ‘On my way.’
Stephen: Ash, you there?
Ashlie: Oh, hi Stephen.
Stephen: The race is about to start. All the runners are getting ready.
Ashlie: I’ve been sorting out my outfit.
Stephen: What? Your outfit? Ash, this isn’t the time to think about your clothes. We’re running a half-marathon. It isn’t a fashion show. Where are you?
Ashlie: I’m nearly there. Where are you?
Stephen: I’m near the starting line.
Ashlie: OK, I’ll come and find you.
Ashlie: Hi, Stephen!
Ashlie: Like it? It’s my charity outfit. I think it’s really cute. What are you wearing, Stephen? You look like… er… like a, er… a proper runner.
Stephen: This is the very latest in high-tech equipment. I have satellite navigation so I know exactly where I am. I can measure how fast I run, check my heart rate. And look at this…
Ashlie: Yeah. Very impressive, Stephen. Oh look! There’s Kelvin. He’s the organiser.
Ashlie: Hi, Kelvin.
Kelvin: Hi. Great costume, Ashlie.
Ashlie: Thanks. This is my brother, Stephen. He’s running in the race, too.
Kelvin: Hi, Stephen.
Ashlie: I’ll be back in a minute. I’m just going to get my number. See you.
Stephen: So Kelvin, how many runners are there here today?
Kelvin: There’s five thousand people taking part today. And a lot of money’s being raised for charity. It should be a really good day.
Stephen: I’ve been training for weeks. I’ve been training very seriously.
Kelvin: That’s great to hear. Thank you for taking part.
Stephen: That’s OK. I’m hoping to get a really fast time today. I’m ready to go.
Kelvin: Excellent. The race is just about to start. See you at the finish line.
Stephen: OK. Thank you.
Ashlie: Hey, look I got my number. And guess what? There’s a medal for the person...
Stephen: A medal? What for?
Stephen and Ashlie: It’s for the person who…
Stephen: …gets the fastest time. Come on, Ash. I’m ready. Let’s get to the starting line.
Ashlie: Stephen, there’s a medal for the person who raises the most money!
Stephen: Oh come on, Ash. I’ve worked it out. We have to run the first 8 kilometres in 30 minutes.
Ashlie: Really? Why?
Stephen: That’s my race strategy. It’s very complicated. Don’t worry. You’re going too slow, Ash. If you’d trained more, you’d be running faster.
Ashlie: Well, it’s quite a long way, Stephen, so this is fast enough for me.
Stephen: Oh, I’m going on ahead. I’ll see you at the finish line. Good luck!
Ashlie: But Stephen…
Stephen: Well, must be that way. That’s what the GPS says.
Stephen: Excuse me. I think I’m lost. Have you seen a race round here?
Ashlie: Well done, Stephen. You finally made it. And you know what? Look what I won. I raised loads of money for charity. Isn’t it fantastic? Oh, Stephen!