Thursday 25th August
Tonight I was joined by a colleague and friend from the University of Bath Sam Holmes. Sam’s has spent the last 15 years as a fitness professional and has bags of experience of distance running including the Berlin Marathon 5 years ago. Sam’s training is building towards the Bristol 1/2 Marathon in 4 weeks time and his furthest run this year had been 11 miles up until tonight. Bristol born and bred, Sam planned out a 13mile route and I simply followed on behind!
Our start and end-point tonight was Downend. This suburb of Bristol is the site of Downend Cricket Club, the home of legendary cricketer W G Grace considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Despite his position as a Victorian gentleman Grace was, by all accounts, a boisterous and extremely competitive player. Seven years after his death in 1915, Downend Cricket Club honoured the great man with the W G Grace Pavillion and that still stands to this day.
We ran via many little seen districts of Bristol including Fishponds, Hanham, Kingswood and Mangotsfield. This is not a part of Bristol that I’ve run around before but like so many times before I started to join the dots of other places that I’ve run through in the past. Sam has all the qualities of a great tour guide. Good insider knowledge and history of the city and extremely chatty. Just what I needed for this run and the time absolutely flew by. Another one chipped off the running total of 52 1/2 marathons in 2016.