10K-a-day Day 21: Ginnel runner


I imagine “ginnel” is probably a Yorkshire term and if you are from other parts of the country you might not know what I am talking about.  Little secret hidden ways that take you between or behind houses transporting you across town without sharing your space with cars or most other people for that matter.  You only discover them if you are a runner or walker because they are like hidden streets in Harry Potter, not exactly invisible but simply not noticed by passing muggles in their metal boxes.  When you are running “round the houses” in the morning through most residential areas, you can run down the middle of the road because it’s so quiet but if you venture onto the main roads then you had better watch out because drivers believe the speed limits haven’t come into force yet!

The ginnels are useful because they take you completely away from the traffic.  I didn’t want simply to replicate yesterday morning’s run by the canal, beautiful as it was, so I simply plodded around the houses and though my favourite ginnels and down a few I hadn’t used for years.

Only 9 days left now and feeling OK despite overdoing things earlier in the week.  A nice gentle few runs over the weekend including parkrun in the morning.  No heroics!

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:17 NIVUK

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.


Author: MarathonMannUK

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, Retired IT Solutions Architect, Distance Runner with Rothwell Harriers. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

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