After last week’s excitement with the cold white stuff, today was just another boring weather day at Lyme Park! Dry and bright – that’s how we like it.
19 runners joined me today as we went in search of parts of the Park that didn’t need armbands or a snorkel.
Apparently I kept the group hanging on before we set off this morning. I was catching up with tales of wet races in different parts of the UK. So figuring that people must be getting cold, I decided the best way to resolve things was to find a hill to run up.
So off we went up towards Knightslow Wood via the stony path next to Drinkwater Meadow. A check once we got to the Woods confirmed that now nobody was feeling cold. At least that’s what the group told me!
We then followed the Red Route (of the 3-2-1 course) around the side wall of the Wood. It’s quite a nice route around the side of the Wood, a little bit up and down but nothing too scary.
When we regrouped at the gate to the Moor a small cluster of Red Deer were observed. So another non-zero Deer count this week!! We continued along the path next to the Wood towards the corner of the Moor and whilst I was to-ing and fro-ing gathering the group up, there seemed to be a bit of breakaway hill-reps going on. Although by the time I got back and asked if anyone wanted to do any more, nobody seemed interested. Another time perhaps!
Over the stile and down the path towards East Drive. We did a right turn to visit East Lodge before returning for refreshments.
So another week, unfortunately, where we couldn’t really get up onto proper trails. It’s just ‘that time of year’ where everything is waterlogged and I don’t want to muck up the ground any more than I can avoid. Don’t worry, it’ll dry out soon 🙂
THE USUAL STATISTICS
Number of runners – 19 (plus me)
Distance – 4.1 miles (with looping)
Total Ascent – 339 ft
% time going uphill – 32% (19 minutes) – 1.4 miles
% time going downhill – 40% (24 minutes) – 1.6 miles
Number of Red Deer seen – 3