I got my nose pushed out a bit last week. With four runs amounting to 18½ miles, and 1,750 ft of ascent, I thought I'd done rather well. But this was somewhat eclipsed by an amazing grandson, Ashley Walker, who roughly doubled those figures in the space of 6 hours 10 minutes while running the Rat Race Ultra Tour of Edinburgh
|Bring it on (Click pictures to enlarge)|
Having not run at all in four months since finishing 20th in the Hadrian's Wall race last June it occurred to him last week that he really ought to do some training. So he went out and ran 5 miles. And that was it. Of 413 entries he finished in (I think) 38th place. They breed 'em tough in Yorkshire!
|Yorkshire's two tallest buildings?|
So, whatever 86 year old granddad did last week amounts to very little compared to what Ashley achieved. Nevertheless, I'll post a few autumn photographs for posterity.
|Got there eventually - my track round Castle Hill|
On Wednesday I was up and running before sunrise and treated to spectacular skyscapes beyond the masts.
|Looking across the valley to West Nab|
On Thursday I was running through local woods, searching for deer, so the sun was well into the sky by the time I emerged onto Castle Hill. It was clear and the views were truly amazing.
|Setting off across fields to Grassington on Saturday|
Saturday was another crisp, autumn day and in spite of a raucous cough I couldn't wait to get out running. Strangely, I hardly coughed at all once I got out the house. Fresh air is good for you..
|Changing colours at Linton Falls|
So as not to exacerbate things I reduced my run to 4 miles and lingered at various places to admire and photograph the rampant autumn tints.
|St Michael and All Angels Church in its peaceful setting|
I love the view across the River Wharfe to the Church beyond, a beautiful pastoral scene where a family group were picnicking in the warm sunshine.
|Escaping the crowds|
I left the river to take a quieter field path back home - for reasons I wont go into! Meanwhile my wonderful partner was spending the whole day attending a First Aid course at Linton in connection with her National Park Ranger duties. She was indoors for 9½ hours.
|By Hebden Suspension bridge|
We got out together on Sunday but not where we'd intended to go. We'd driven to Grimwith for a run round the reservoir but discovered the entry road was closed and will be for several weeks. We returned to Hebden and set off to run the Appletreewick circular.
|Running back from Appletreewick|
It was misty, there was little or no sunshine and an odd spot of rain somehow found its way onto my camera lens. Otherwise, it was cool and ideal for running. And we were not alone....
Another runner wearing an expensive Salomon backpack somehow managed to sneak onto a photograph approaching Burnsall.
|Brief rest by the Wharfe|
It was a beautiful run and we felt glad of the circumstances that ruled out Grimwith. The autumn tints along the riverbank were a feast for the eyes. The mainly treeless circuit of Grimwith wouldn't have compared.
|Speeding past the Red Lion in Burnsall|
We were running well, TomTom proclaiming it was my fastest ever run round that circuit. Maybe it was that Salomon guy that pulled us along?
|Back to the Suspension Bridge|
It was drizzling a little harder as we passed Loup Scar but we didn't care. We were into the last mile, heading for home, coffee and hot porridge.
Autumn chestnuts were losing their leaves by the Suspension Bridge and a heron hunched on a rock midstream didn't look too happy. Normally they fly away at our approach but this one took no notice of us.
And that little run rounded off the week very nicely indeed. We shut out the rain, stoked up the stove and settled down to a lazy Sunday afternoon while tracking Ashley through Edinburgh, out to the Pentlands and back, to his exuberant finish at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
And I thought that deserved a rather large dram! Cheers Ash!