So the Parks & Brooksters found themselves in West Yorkshire at a place called Slaithwaite locally known as SLAWIT. Nige suddenly started talking with an even broader accent, back in his homeland.
Having recently turned 40, Mike has set his own challenge of 40 events this year – this was No 2. It seemed like a good idea at the time!
A choice of distances were on offer: Marathon; 20 Mile; Half Marathon; 10k & 5k. Chris went for the Half whilst Mike and Nige settled for the 10k.
The course(s) were run alongside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal on what can only be described as a splendid February day in Yorkshire
“The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is an inland waterway in northern England. It runs just under 20 miles (32 km) from Lock 1E at the rear of the University of Huddersfield campus, near Aspley Basin in Huddersfield, to the junction with the Ashton Canal at Whitelands Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne. It crosses the Pennines by means of 74 locks and the Standedge Tunnel.”
Chris was the first to set off and came through the halfway looking in good form, eventually finishing as 4thLady with a time of 1:55, however without her chaperone she did manage to veer off the course at one stage and actually ran 13.51 miles.
So how do you veer of course when running along the canalside? Well, when you get to Marsden and the Canal disappears under the Pennines (Standedge Tunnel), the lovely lady marshall says “just run up that hill love where the lady is waving” – so off you go up the grassy bank. The second lady then points down the lane and says now run to the lady sat in the deckchair, off you go. The third lady points you down another lane and you reach another lady sat in deckchair “Is it much further love?” one asks, “ooh no yer can turn rund na”.
A deceptive course with the many locks providing short testing climbs.
Mike set off like a young gazelle and managed a 44min, 10k meanwhile Nige ducked under the one hour with 59min.
A super day out for all, a very informal kind of event but ever so friendly. A table full of cakes on offer after the event and Mike says the best peanut butter flapjack ever!
All rounded off with a lovely medal plus your choice of goody bag, either a bottle of beer or cider plus a large block of chocolate.