Sometimes it’s nice to run along tried and trusted routes. “The Gruffalo” is a landmark that my wife and I used often to describe running routes. It has now been given a face lift in the shape of a fresh coat of paint and this particular monster looks magnificent.
It is situated by the mooring area at Woodlesford Locks and its a short run further along the canal to reach the former open cast mine which is now the St Aidan’s RSPB nature park. As I was running by today I passed the remains of a lock where the canal used to be before a flood that resulted in the open cast mine being destroyed and meant that the whole area was reconstructed and the canal diverted.
I know I have written before that I try and mix things up by doing different routes but the thing is, I always come back to this area again and again simply because it’s so beautiful.
All of this just a few miles from where I live, what’s not to like?
“‘Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge? You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?”
Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church. To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.