Everyone arrived at Geoff's house on top of the hill in glorious, if slightly cool, weather without losing car exhausts or other bits of their vehicles which were a bonus. There was a slight delay as one car navigated to its final destination.
A big welcome to a new junior member, Steve Dunn, who many Congleton based athletes will be familiar with.10 hardy souls were in attendance, and one dog (Whisky). The route was a reverse of the last run from this venue. Grant and Pete were eager to get started and the former dashed off at breakneck speed, only to be caught about three miles further on.
Pete preferred a more steady pace, his years of experience role modelling the Tortoise in the well-known parable as told by Aesop, with Grant the Hare. A knee crushing descent through the woods to Ackers Crossing was followed by a brief regroup and headcount - 9 and a dog present with Grant the Hare 7 min miling by the canal in front of us only identifiable as a cloud of dust ahead. In the Cheshire lowlands, the temperature was substantially warmer and we continued south along the canal for a couple of miles before bearing left and eastwards through woodland with early summer flowers evident and, apparently, a dead vole evident. The Tortoise (Pete) caught the Hare (Grant). The Hare, very Aesop like pronounced that he was knackered.
An interesting, if unusual, walk/jog through Cheshire (if not the world's) tallest and most overgrown oilseed rape field necessitated a regroup and headcount as several members of the group (all those below 5 foot 8) worryingly disappeared completely for a period of time. The Hare broke loose from the group once caught, whilst the rest of us jogged through the Rookery on the outskirts of Kidsgrove and then tackled first Brieryhurst hill and then the infamous and forbidding Mow Cop, by its south ridge, which is rocky in parts.
The temperature increased yet further such that the host felt the need to remove clothing and, stripped to the waist, like a veritable gladiator (lol) did slay the beast of Mow Cop. The tortoise, not to be outdone by the Hare, broke loose and drove to the Chappel Centre whilst the rest of us slipped into something more comfortable at 29 Woodside Cottages.
We enjoyed the usual fare of tea, bacon butties and cake galore served by smiling ladies. A grand day out.
Thanks for coming and see you all soon!!