Favourite Run

Did you have a run which really inspired you? Last October half term we rented a house in Yorkshire. I normally run on the streets of south London but my W6 runs around the top of Castle Hill were inspirational! Clean air, a 360 degree view taking in the urban sprawl of Huddersfield on one side merging in to fields , farms and amazing countryside on the other. Whenever I feel I might not go on a run I put on the podcast for W6R3 and imagine I'm up there on Castle Hill and away I go!!!


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  • Like you, I really love runs in new surroundings and find at fresh scenery keep my legs going further while my brain is busy taking in the views rather than just focusing on telling me that I'm tired.

    This year's favourite so far was along the river Ouse from south of York, through the city centre running on top of the old bar walls, continuing north of the city still along the river, and then circling back through the city again but is time on traffic free cycle paths. The run ended at a gym where my partner is a member, so I had a shower and couple of beers.

  • I have 2 favourite runs. One, which I've done a couple of times along the River Spree in the centre of Berlin, past the Chancellors Residence and looping away from the River towards the end to take in the Reichstag aswell. Pure history, very beautiful, with other morning runners and the sun on the water. The other was about a year ago in France, up into the hills behind the village we were staying in. I took my sister's springer spaniel who is very exuberant, but fortunately very obedient. She was off lead and part of the fun was her enthusiasm. I fell over twice getting up to the top, not badly and she came back to see if I was alright while I lay laughing on a dusty, red, beautiful path surrounded by rocks and bushes just coming into bloom. Once up there we just pottered around, she waited at every junction to see which way I wanted to go, then raced off when it was clear where I was heading. We wandered back and forth, just exploring, enjoying the sunshine, the smells, the freedom and the nature we were surrounded by. I rejoiced in my new-found running ability, the fact I was on holiday and the sense of freedom. Hope I can make a few more memories like that this year!

  • Oh, this is a lovely post! Our surroundings when we run are so important. I am lucky to have lots of lovely trails and runs around me and this morning I ran my favourite local 10k trail. It was cloudy with a gentle breeze and I ran through fields, woods and along an old railway track which is now a bridleway. Signs of spring now all around me and satisfyingly muddy shoes on return. This is why we run❤🏃🏽‍♀️

  • It is inspiring, but very hilly up there. It never stops raining!!!! I should imagine there would be hundreds of miles of trails up there. You're close to Holmfirth and Ivy's cafe! Ooooh cuppa tea. Don't mind if I do!

    My niece and son were at Uni up there so I seemed to be up there a lot. The walk back to my niece's digs took forever. I wish I'd been a runner back then. Sheesh! She got as fit as a butcher's dog while she was there as she got so much exercise. She loved to climb up to Castle Hill. My son never did though.

    I am always on the look out for a new route, scenic or not so much. My heart's desire is to run on the seafront. Anywhere will do.

  • I have to admit that we drove up to Castle Hill ! I still find hills or even slight inclines a bit tricky ( recent Greenwich RunThrough 5k testament to that)!!! Once we were up there it was almost flat around the top and very manageable and amazingly it was sunny! PS I'm from that neck of the woods originally and knew Holmfirth before it became touristy!

  • not yet but using mapometer to plan some fairly good looking routes. great site

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