With the link road construction finally started, it seemed like a good idea to run out to see what was happening. Sadly all the footpaths that crossed the route of the road were closed for the duration, so a zig-zag run was put together.
We started with an easy route across the park, avoiding the flower beds, and out past Siemens, over the footbridge, and along to the Buglawton playing fields. Unfortunately the footpath alongside the River Dane was under several inches of water, so most of us retreated to the football pitch to run there, leaving Sandre to enjoy the paddy field experience.
At Havanna village, we stopped to view the weir where the hydro-electric plant is planned, before climbing up to the Macc road. Grant, who was leading from the back, had to call the eager runners back, as, instead of taking the route to Eaton village, the plan was to run out to the Giants Wood Lane construction site. The footpaths that were still open circled the old quarry workings, passing the residence of John Amies, the famed veteran runner. As it happened, the great man emerged as the last three runners were negotiating the stile by his house and old friendships were renewed before they continued the run.
A photo opportunity by the still-under-construction roundabout was taken, before taking the lovely footpath through the woods back to the top of Giants Wood Lane. From there we dropped back down to the A34 Wilmslow Road, before returning to Havanna village. We weaved our way through a few streets of houses, before finding the canal and retreating back down the hill via some forgotten paths at the edge of Congleton. It was impossible to resist the temptation to stretch our legs down the road back to the Leisure Centre.
The Loft cafe was as welcoming as ever, with eight of our number enjoying the food and drink on offer. When the link road is completed, we shall be able to revisit the footpaths that were denied to us today. However most of our group were content to keep our feet reasonably dry for a change.