So I drove 30 miles up the A1 to take part in this morning's first ever Alnwick park run.
I was unsure what to expect but having parked up I walked across the old stone bridge over the river Aln, gave a nod to the emblematic Alnwick lion guarding it and arrived at the field where the run was to take place. Although basically a sheep pasture I have to say, what a sheep pasture with views across to Alnwick Castle.
The route was 2 and a half laps, part of it along the river, all of it dodging sheep and molehills and with great views across to the castle. Turnout was about 180 which will probably increase as we get to better weather and it's becomes more well known, and the whole event was brilliantly marshalled.
As far as the actual run is concerned, I'm still struggling with all the crap on my chest and asthma but at least managed to duck under 35 minutes.
Well done to all who ran this morning.
I think realistically I'm going to have to adjust my target for the month due to the weather and illness.
Will settle for last year's total plus 10 per cent so I'm looking at doing 80k. So far I'm on 50k so should manage it.
Run happy, run safe.