Thursday, 15 September 2011
Running with Colin and Pat
Another evening run with others - this time with Colin and Pat. We met at the foot of the boat lane, alongside Saddleworth's best pub (The Diggle Hotel). A trot up the boat lane and the bridle path up to Standedge Cutting. Colin set a good pace, in fact I think he was being generous to take his usual pace down a notch or two to accomodate my trot, although I've seen improvements in my speed and stamina over the past 13 weeks.
Pat told us all about his business trip in Amsterdam, while Colin chatted about various different races he has either competed in, entered in or marshalled. Really interesting to hear about how, as someone who has completed the notorious Bob Graham Round (70 peaks of the lake district over 80 miles within the time limit of 24 hours) how he returns to support those who are making an attempt themselves.
We ran over the skyline looking down on Castleshaw, behind the dis-used Horse and Jockey pub and down into Dobcross, and back home to Diggle.
Tonight I'm running again with Gaz and Frank for the last time before Sunday, then I'd like to do the Albion Farm route on Friday before work. Then number 99 will be local and i'll finish for the last 200 yards with Jake - although he still hasn't said if he has a slot in his diary for this yet.
Colin and Pat said some very encouraging things about the running last night, and I'm most grateful for their support - thanks!
Last night's run: 6.5 miles