Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Hill Climb and Swim

Tonight it was the club annual hill climb in memory of Tony Minikin, a running club stalwart. Everyone sets off at 30 second intervals and there is a bike route and a run route. It's very relaxed and a nice social occasion. 

It was a bit chilly when we got to the top of Keighley gate with a sneaky wind. 

We did a bit of a detour on the way back down through some lovely woods that I've never been in before and Richard, Kevin and I kept up our Wednesday night swimming dips.

I didn't get a photo of us swimming tonight. This was at Easter so it is rather greener now. It was definitely the coldest that we've done. Very refreshing!

Then we quickly ran back down hill, to get changed and sit shivering outside the Busfield Arms, drinking beer and listening to Paul Morris' political analysis of Brexit, which was of course brilliant and cheered me up. 

Thursday, 23 June 2016


I still haven't finished my research about who's done the most Wednesday nights. It must be a while the way that some rituals are set in stone. 

It's always nice to get out mid way through the week but some Wednesdays are extra special. Last night we ran on Ilkley Moor (5.7 miles I'm told). It's all very runnable on top of the moor. It was a lovely evening with sunshine, curlews shouting at us, long grass and great views. 

The fact we'd put our foot ( or feet) down meant that we had plenty of time for a quick dip in one of the old reservoirs up at the top before racing back to the pub to get changed and sit out watching the sunset while drinking fab beer. 

Almost made me think that  things might turn out alright after all. 

( Although every male member of the group moaned about how expensive the beer was).

Thursday, 16 June 2016

On the way to the crag

Sometimes I like the repetitive nature of Wednesday summer runs. It's ten years in September since I did my first Wednesday summer run. I wonder what the record is?

Last night was Embsay and despite a little bit of road at the beginning,  it was a very nice loop (5.5) to the top of the crag.  Although they wouldn't entertain any swimming ideas this week. They said the reservoir looked too cold.