It would appear that today was a quick blast of winter! We did Lyme Park in the snow!
Despite this, 11 runners joined me today in a quest to find some of the cold white stuff around the Park.
Having practically swum along the canal tow path during the Stockport Trail half-marathon on Sunday, I decided that we’d stick to solid paths today. I think we’d have been up to our knees in mud otherwise!
We started with a trip around the millpond and then headed towards the North Front of the house where we did a loop back to sweep up everyone before doing a lap of the courtyard.
After this we headed along East Drive stopping to take photographs of the Cage, each other and a lot of Red Deer.
We turned around at East Lodge before heading back towards the House during a mini-blizzard! Character-building!! I toyed with the idea of a run along Cage Hill, but seeing just how water-logged the tracks were from the Drive, I thought better of it.
Instead we did a loop in front of the Stables and headed back out to get the group back together. On returning to the North Front we did another loop of the Courtyard, this time in reverse. Well, we need to mix things up a bit!
Another little loop back up to the stable and off to the Timber Yard (via the millpond) for coffee.
THE USUAL STATISTICS
Number of runners – 11 (plus me)
Distance – 3.3 miles (with looping)
Total Ascent – 241 ft
% time going uphill – 45% (18 minutes) – 1.3 miles
% time going downhill – 33% (13 minutes) – 1.3 miles
Number of Red Deer seen – 50 (or ‘lots’)