Week 14: City Paradise Surprise

Saturday 2nd April

Today I did my second run of the year with Renee McGregor, top sports nutritionist and ultra runner all wrapped into one. The original plan was to head to Bath and head out into the Somerset hills and countryside but I’m currently having a few transport malfunctions. We (Katie) managed to write-off our car by hitting a bollard at 5mph last weekend so we have no car while that gets sorted. To compound that the Bristol-Bath railway line is closed for maintenance and the Sunday buses to Bath are pretty terrible. On Saturday night I asked Renee if she might consider coming to Bristol to run. Not one for urban, tarmac running and with hesitation in her voice, she agreed.

“I’ll bring the dog if you know a suitable route…?”.

I knew she wasn’t expecting much when she turned up but I had a secret plan. Bristol’s IMG_3812Purdown, Snuff Mills and 5 miles of virtually uninterrupted trail starting immediately out of my back garden. We started at 8am and headed out, the sun just creeping up over the noise of the M32. Renee even kept Bailey on his leash for the first mile but the countryside kept rolling up and down and eventually she let him off. We ducked under the M32, briefly onto the road and then down onto the riverside. It was that moment when no-one else is around, the sun is just penetrating the trees over the river, it’s slightly chilly still but you know it’s going to be a beautiful day. Bailey went in the river and Renee was so taken aback she had to stop to take a picture! She had no idea this sort of place existed in Bristol. If I’m honest, neither did I until a few weeks back.

Renee, Bailey, Autumn & myself at the end.

Renee’s amazement continued as we ran North out of the city along the Frome River and the Frome Valley pathway. Woodland paths, little bridges and villages tucked in by the riverside. A trail runner’s (and a dog’s) paradise. We eventually hit some tarmac somewhere up by the ring road. By the time we checked the distance we were almost at 7 miles and circled back. A few wrong turns later and we made it back to Purdown and my beloved BT tower!

Current running total is £3475. It’s slowly creeping up. Thank you to everyone who’s supported me this week. If you’re thinking of sponsoring and haven’t yet please do it now. Head to justgiving.com/bobsm100 and pledge your support for The Bristol Children’s Hospital.


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