Good news for us, we have sold our house and will soon be moving. Hurrah! (Feeling very British today – it’s cricket weather) Although we love it here the move will reduce my daily commute by about 90 minutes which will be fantastic. 90 minutes a day should service a fitness habit nicely!
One of the things I will miss are the great runs from my door so I’m trying to do all my favourites for one last time before I go. There will be great runs where I’m going too, but I want to celebrate the great times I’ve had here courtesy of my running.
The first one is a 5k loop along the canal towards Blackburn.
If I’m feeling a bit shy, don’t fancy running past the neighbours or being seen in public in my running kit I take this trail at the end of our road. I think of this as the ‘snow white’ trail. Sometimes when I’ve gone this way, very early on a summers morning, butterflies fly up from the grass, rabbits hop in front of you and birds fly around, it’s just like being in a Disney film!
It isn’t all pretty. After this I cross the road and go through a brown field site.
There used to be a power station here , demolished before we moved into the area. For over a decade it was taken over by willow and birch but a few weeks ago that was all bulldozed. I think that there’s a plan to build houses there now.
From here you can go on past the new power plant which is surrounded by lovely bluebell woods then onto the canal towpath
The great thing about running by the canal is the flatness. Everywhere else around here is hilly but you can go for miles along the canal. It can be quite muddy but is generally pleasant.
When I come off the canal for a 5k run, there’s a path I take which passes through a strip of woodland, which is only about 20m wide, between the road and the canal. Despite being narrow it is home to lots of birds and small creatures and feels very ‘woody’.
Then it’s about a mile along the road to get home. Don’t forget the killer hill near the end!
So that’s my usual 5k route.