I love exploring new running routes and it seems to me however much I explore my local area, there is always more to discover.
We are very fortunate around here to have plenty of local parkruns to choose from and it has been the custom over several years on New Years day, to stagger start times to allow people to “do the double” by running two parkruns on the same day. To add to the challenge, it is also cool to run between the two venues (if possible). This year I managed to do this stunt between Pontefract and Nostell (see what a difference a year makes).
Next year, I fancy doing this with Woodhouse Moor and Temple Newsam, an especially good challenge because Temple is considered one of the most challenging parkrun routes in the country! The route from Woodhouse is not so much long (around 5 miles), but a little awkward, because you need to traverse Leeds city centre and find the various paths and trails to avoid the main non-pedestrian-friendly, roads. So, today I decided to recci the route (nothing like a bit of long-term planning).
So, I took a bus into the City Centre and then jogged past Millenium Square and the LGI, through the university campus to Woodhouse Moor. I then set out, guided by Google Maps because I didn’t really have a Scooby as to the intricacies of the route. If you don’t mind wearing earphones and a voice barking instructions at you, it’s surprisingly good and seems to know about all the footpaths. The first bit through the city centre was quite tricky because it was busy with ambling shoppers. It got better as I ran through housing estates and then along cycling and footpaths and it was a relief to get off road. Although it was a warm day making the going quite hard, I enjoyed running the route. When I reached Temple Newsam there was some kind of event on and there were lots of people enjoying a day out in the sun.
The run home from Temple Newsam was quite lonely because you go through some rather desolate areas round the landfill and there is plenty of ups and downs so quite hard in the heat.
Overall, a really enjoyable run and now I know how to do the Woodhouse to Temple dash!
“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.” Exodus 13:21 NIVUK