It was a glorious night last night, the sun was shining and as the day had gone on I’d gathered momentum and was really up for a good run.
I only intended to do about 6 miles but I was enjoying myself so much that I just kept going, and ended up doing just over 10 miles in 1:18:33. I ran down through campus, through the little hamlet of Ellel, into Galgate, left at the lights and onto the country lanes. Its quite undulating along the road here beside the M6 ( heading south towards Forton services – the flying saucer shaped one ! ) and I could feel my legs working hard.
At the Fleece I turned left and its a very long slow uphill for about 2 miles through the village of Dolphinholme and up through the deserted woods of Swine Hill and Wellington. The only company I had were the many pheasants criss crossing in front of me, I emerged from the woods with glorious views out across the bay, to my left I could see Blackpool tower and to my right the Lakeland mountains, and straight in front of me as I started to descend was Barrow. I could see the DDH where they assemble the Trident submarines.
I’d never ran on these roads before and it was great exploring, I reached the crossroads heading back towards Galgate and immediately doubled back up another long hill towards Quernmore, ran along here and get a friendly “You’ve got more energy than me lad” from a farmer and his sheepdog in one of the fields. Up past the quarry and down a single track lane to Ellel, turn right and the steady climb back up to campus.
I realise none of this will mean anything to anyone that doesn’t know the area but trust me it was a great run, sunny, hilly, isolated but still a tough ten miles.
distance: 10.1 miles Time: 1:18:33 Av HR: 147 1210 Calories burnt