Racing the train

(a photo from a recent run, we are getting very excited about the upcoming blackberry crop)

Another Chorlton run. Edward’s parents suggested I pop down alongside the tramline which is currently under construction then follow the old railway line. The tramline looks promising, but it seems it will be a while before it’s up and running, but it was interesting to see what’s happening and run across the are near the soon-to-be-station. My run was unfortunately spoilt by a slug on a bike making a comment early on that made me feel quite threatened and vulnerable, why don’t these men think first and realise that women don’t like to hear these words when they’re out running on their own? It certainly doesn’t endear them to me.

The path is lovely, like being in the countryside, with lots of cyclists passing by, the odd dog walker and only two other runners (maybe runners do feel a bit vulnerable along here…). There were two middle aged women on bikes who must be training for something, they kept whizzing past then turning and coming back again, I found this reassuring if slightly bonkers! It’s a good route because there are lots of points where you can join up or exit and go in another direction and all of the bridges have the name of the road on, so you always know where you are.

I decided to run to the two mile point then turn around and come back. I really wish I hadn’t encountered that idiot because it really played on my mind throughout what should have been an enjoyable run. I don’t often worry about my safety whilst running, but I suppose it’s good to be aware. Anyway, I did meet a nice elderly gentleman on a bike, who stoped to ask how far I had run. Apparently he used to run until he broke his hip and had to have screws put in, so now he cycles instead (miles, it seems). I would recommend this path, but possibly as a group run route and definitely for cycling.

Stats for Juneathon Day 19

Type of run: solo run

Time: 38 minutes 42 seconds

Distance: 4.20 miles

Average Pace: 9.13

Best Pace: 5.51

Calories: 450

Off to see our friends in a bit for some catching up and moules frites. Mmmmmm.


Long face Longford

The blackberries are coming!

Family gatherings are all well and good, but it does mean that a certain small boy is over-excited and over-stimulated and doesn’t go to sleep until 11.30…but still wakes at 6.55am. And the birds! Noisy little buggers. They were shouting and singing and chirrupping at 4.30: ‘Hey you! It’s 4.30! Yeeaahhh!! Cheep, cheep! Wake up!’ it was so bad that even Edward, who can sleep through pretty much anything, got up and closed the window. So, this morning, I was ever so slightly grumpy when I set off for my run.

I decided to head over to Longford Park, and weaved my way in and out of the Chorlton equivalent of myself, taking their little children to school on scooters and little bikes. At one point I approached a busy road and the lollypop lady started coming out to help me cross: ‘No!’ I thought ‘I am 38, I don’t need help across the road! Please no!’ but she did and I muttered a ‘thank you’ and carried on my way.

Longford Park is nice for a run, lots of possible loops, lots of grassy areas, so quite pleasant. I saw something Hector would have enjoyed (I always look out for ‘Hector things’ even when he’s not there), two park-keepers were whizzing around in one of those little trucks, one driving and the other leaning out with a litter picker and grabbing litter as they went, a bit like litter polo. So, I did a sort of big loop then a little loop and headed back towards the Hill House. The lollypop lady was waiting for me, she has to be the most eager and proud lollypop lady ever, brandishing her weapon of choice like an urban jouster. Now, I will have breakfast number two, kindly provided by Barbakan (mmmmm), then a day of more eating and drinking lies ahead.

Stats for Juneathon Day 18

Type of run: solo run

Time: 40 minutes 13 seconds

Distance: 4.29 miles

Average Pace: 9.237

Best Pace: 7.39

Calories: 453