Week 32: Bristol Balloon Fiesta [minus balloons]

Thursday 10th August

Back to the grindstone this week, still with sand on my shoes from the Normandy D-Day IMG_0380Beaches of last week. This weekend Bristol hosts The annual Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court. A spectacular 4 day event with mass ascent of IMG_0379150 balloons of all shapes and sizes across the city plus a spectacular Night Glow of Balloons when the sun goes down. It was a beautiful evening as I left the house, aiming to arrive at Ashton Court for just after 6pm, the time of the first mass ascent. The crowds and traffic were descending upon the park and I entered Ashton Court from Bedminster around 11km into the run. Sadly the only thing missing were the balloons. Despite a beautiful summers evening, the wind was just a touch too high and all balloons were grounded. I must have looked like a tourist, snapping a few photos on the run and then rushing on up the hill towards Clifton.

Unbeknown to me, Clifton Bridge had been closed to traffic and pedestrians. I got a few strange looks as I ran past some men in yellow jackets and down the middle of the road. They didn’t stop me. It was only at the other end that another security man opened the metal fencing to let me out. Having the bridge to myself was a massive treat I had good energy running through Clifton to Durdham Downs and pushed on, upping the pace as  I got deeper into the run.From The Downs I steadily descended over the final 5km skipping in and out of Bristol Rovers fans swarming towards the Memorial Ground finishing up the steep climb to home. Back home just in time for Autumn’s bedtime.

This run gave me a lot of confidence, I fed and hydrated well and felt full of energy. Not sure what the next few weeks holds for me amongst weddings and stag-do’s but I’m feeling strong going into the Autumn.


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