Llamas and Lightning

Monday evenings are becoming family walk night with recent outings to Shustoke and Kingsbury Water Park. With a limited cast of four, today saw us return to Shustoke reservoir. After parking the car in the reservoir’s parking area (and paying our quid) we walked out of the site and after a short walk back along…

A Coventry Way

A Coventry Way is a walk devised by Cyril Bean in the seventies that circumnavigates the city of Coventry, never being more than five miles or so from the centre. The distance around is forty miles and once a year, an organised event takes place to walk the loop in one go within a time…

Parkrun

With a long walk tomorrow, today’s walking would have to be a short. Being a Saturday, part of that would be a parkrun, in this case, Sutton Park. I had a bit of a lie in leaving home around eight and rolling up at Banners Gate car park around 08:20. I decided on a mile…

Getting Ready

All of a sudden, and slightly out of the blue, A Coventry Way, is fast approaching. I’ve done this forty miler three times before, in 2014, 2015 and 2017, finishing in 9:28 on my last outing. I did run a few bits in 2017 but am hoping to finish walking around in around ten hours…

Church End

With Sunday’s A Coventry Way looming, I’ve reshuffled by schedule for the rest of the week. I’ve moved my longish mid-week walk to today and have arranged with the other half to meet me at The Griffin at seven. After work, I caught the 97 bus to Chelmsley Wood and started my walk from there….

Birchfield Harriers

During a bout of internet surfing, I discovered that Birchfield Harriers have a race walking section. I emailed the club saying that I was interested and was told to pop in on a Tuesday or Thursday. So after work, I fought the traffic through Newtown and Perry Bar. The journey didn’t take quite as long…

Just Nipping Down the Pub

The second part of my weekend’s training was a twelve mile walk. Being away last night and having to drive home it was late afternoon before I could start. I started, as usual, with a stroll across the motorways to Water Orton. Instead of heading straight for Coleshill, I decided to make a bit of…

Who was that woman?

It was a cool misty morning as I pulled into the Banners Gate car park. Unusually late for me on a Saturday morning and the sun was already up if somewhat obscured. I normally start my Saturday long walk sometime around five but with only seven miles to achieve before parkrun, it was gone half…

100 Laps

Following on from last weekend’s marathon and pondering on the fact that my average pace was around 14:50 on undulating terrain, I wondered how far / fast I could go. Over a short distance, such as the weekly parkrun, I can manage sub 12 minute miles – but that’s only for 3.1 miles. I mentioned…

Leg Stretch

Following on from yesterday’s Charnwood Marathon, I awoke with stiff legs but after a bit of walking around, this eased. I had an easy day, writing up my blog and generally doing not a great deal. By the afternoon, I felt refreshed enough to venture out for a walk. Being a Sunday afternoon, there was…