LEEDS LIVERPOOL CANAL BETWEEN SALTERFORTH & FOULRIDGE
Pat forced me out of the warmth of the car into bright but near freezing conditions and the chilling air immediately started to bite into the lungs, making the first few miles quite uncomfortable. But the bright late morning sunshine and the solitude of the canal provided ample compensation. As anticipated, underfoot conditions were reasonable.
After 4 miles I spy a group of 3 in front and as is inevitable my speed increases almost inperceptably and the gap closes. As one of them has a "pit stop" we form a group of 4 and I enjoy a bit of company for a change over the next 6 miles which helps a great deal.
Thanks to Lorna Balmer, Gary Balmer and Pendle Grand Prix winner Gary Shaw of Clayton le Moors!
Spot on 12.5 as I reach the Nelson Complete Runner branch; so mission accomplished. 46 miles on the week, maintaining the average.
A task which will be more difficult next as when driving back east into Yorkshire we are greeted by a blizzard. But a task of little importance compared to the problems of so many people on Monday morning as just getting out of the drive and into work will pose problems for the majority.
Even swans are finding it difficult getting to the shops in this weather...............
Commiserations, finally, to those who had entered the postponed (?) Thirsk 10.