And into November…

After contracting the, often fatal, man-flu ( “Don’t be daft, it’s only a cold !” – Mrs. B. ) I took a few days off from exercise hitting the road a week later with a scenic walk home from work along the Grand Union Canal, clocking up nearly fifteen miles.

On Thursday, I was working in West Bromwich and finishing just as the evening traffic was starting, I took myself for a walk. I followed part of the Sandwell Six Towns course that I did earlier in the year along the canal, through Sandwell Valley Park, alongside the Metro before rejoining the canal system – a total of thirteen miles.

It’s the M6 – honest !

This morning, early even before it was bright and early, I nipped out for a little nine and a half miles.

It must have been early as there was very little traffic on the M6 as I crossed it on the way to Water Orton en-route to Coleshill and Shustoke.

The sun had risen on my return and I walked the final couple of miles sans head-torch.

So with the cold finally departing, hopefully, I can start to ramp up the milage again. I’m planning on a few walks to / from work this coming week plus a fifteen mile group walk next Saturday with the Heart of England section of the LDWA. This group walk will differ from the challenge walks that I have done in that it’s a lead walk with everyone going around together – a much more social event.

The 2014 Valleys Hundred

After my walk around Rotherham a couple of weeks ago, I entered next year’s Valleys One Hundred ( the Rowbothans Round Rotherham being a qualifying event for the hundred ). The number of entrants is limited to five hundred and fifty and, so far, just over four hundred have entered. If the limit is exceeded by the closing date of 28th November ( my birthday ) there will be a ballot to determine who can take part with any unsuccessful entrants informed by 3rd December. If I am accepted, I’ll need to pay and then get down to some serious training.

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