Running

Muddy

Muddy

I joined Egdon Heath Harriers running club in 1989.

With a young family, time was at a premium and running was the easiest way to get some exercise and keep fit. I was a keen runner and ran 30 to 40 miles a week, with regular racing up until 2011. I have always done most of my training off road, taken notice of niggles and rested injuries and had remained largely injury free. In 2011 both my knees started to give notice that they had had enough, so I began to cycle and swim more than run and soon I became a keen cyclist with running taking a back seat. As a result of this my enhanced quads protect my knees and I now find I can run pain free. I have no aspirations to return to regular training and racing but I do still love going out for a gentle jog along the wonderful coast path and the countryside which is on my doorstep.

In the summer, Egdon Heath Harriers run from a different pub every Tuesday. This week it was from The Crown Inn at Puncknowle and as it is only 5 minutes drive from home I went along. It was great to meet up with many old faces who had randomly also turned up for the run. Back in the day, 12 was a good turnout, but the club is much busier now.

Outside the Crown In at Puncknowle for Richard to give pre-run briefing

Outside the Crown In at Puncknowle for Richard to give pre-run briefing

The Tuesday runs are very sociable and there is plenty of time to catch up with the gossip at stiles.

A quick chat at the stiles

A quick chat at the stiles

We are very lucky to have great tracks to run on.P1020982

Great running country

Great running country

There were far reaching views as we climbed higher and higher and Mike and I posed with a herd of cows and a lovely sunset.

Proper Dorset...cows and sunshine

Proper Dorset…cows and sunshine

No one gets left behind and thankfully it’s OK to walk on the steeper hills.

Walking is good too!

Walking is good too!

Nigel is working towards 100 marathons and has been a keen runner for many years.

Nigel

Nigel

After 90 minutes of mud, nettles, steep hills, lovely views and great company we arrived back at Puncknowle.

Back at Puncknowle

Back at Puncknowle

More socialising and chat over some food and a beer.

To the victors the spoils

Beer and medals

What a great evening. I’ll try and make a habit of this. It’s too good to miss.

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