Jan 25 – UTMB and the Tame Valley Canal

Looking for something inspirational, I found this on YouTube. It’s a video from a chap running the 2018 CCC, the little brother of the UTMB (LINK). 

Shot on a 360 degree GoPro on a selfie stick. Cleverly, the stick has been edited out.

Cracking video. 










Back in the real world, what was to be a rest day, started with a two mile walk from Saltley in to work – a change of plan due to the other half needing both cars (don’t ask!).

I swapped my rest day with tomorrow’s long walk meaning that today I had to cover 18 miles. Minus the two I’ve walked in to work leaves me with 16 to walk after work.

After checking the charts, I decided to walk into Birmingham (1 miles), catch the tram out to Wednesbury then walk home, mainly along the Tame Valley canal (15 miles).


I walked the mile from work to Grand Central, pausing to take a selfie in the reflective cladding of New Street station, before boarding the tram.


Less than half an hour after boarding the tram, I alighted at Wednesbury Great Western. After adjusting my dress (it’s hard walking in a frock!) I headed for the Tame Valley canal about half a mile away.

Leaving the hustle and bustle behind, I descended to the towpath and headed East.

This section of the canal runs almost dead straight for about two miles. As the sun set, I passed the Rushall canal before switching sides.

The canal skirts the Birmingham districts of Great Barr, Hamstead, Perry Barr and Witton before joining the Birmingham Fazeley canal beneath Spaghetti Junction.


Just before the end of the Tame Valley canal, under the Bolognese of the A38 and M6 there is a memorial stone to Michael Swindells.

Michael was stabbed to death, in 2004, whilst pursuing a suspect who had threatened members of the public earlier in the day with a knife.

Michael Swindells was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal posthumously.

My walk continued over increasingly familiar territory before leaving the canal at the Tyburn House pub.

A noisy half mile was endured past JLR and B&Q before ascending the hill up to Castle Bromwich.

Two miles later was was back home.


The longest single walk for quite a while and it felt good. My feet were a little sore especially under my heel and I’d developed a blister on the top of my foot ! My budget, Hi-tec, shoes were, maybe, not such a great idea. 

After a brief dunk in the bath, I weighed myself and discovered that I have managed to lose 5kg since the start of the year.

Definitely a rest day tomorrow with nine miles scheduled fro Sunday to take me over the two hundred mile mark – well on my way to #walk1000miles in 2019.

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