Paws'd runreport #20
We are now into our twentieth paused parkrun report, London Marathon has just confirmed it is not going ahead as normal, but we might hear something positive about parkrun very soon.
At least the weather is warm this weekend and the dog is wanting more exercise and cuddles!
Still, as your roving reporter, I do see many of you out on runs, many still running every day, RED. Also open water swimming and now pool swimming are available.
Here is our amazing run director Simon Armitt, spotted in Wilmslow this week!
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Following on from the Pandemic runreport last week, based on the South West Coastal Path around Torquay, we received another submission from Pippa Price. Pippa has just started to walk the whole of the South West Coastal Path, all 630 miles of it!
Pippa and her husband are actually going to do it in sections, probably taking annual bites out of it, over the next 10 years.
Perhaps we can expect an annual update from Pippa?
So let's start off with the first leg, the traditional way round from Minehead heading west.
Pippa's post lockdown challenge-taking on the South West Coast Path
It had been a long time coming, we had rebooked our hotels twice after originally booking for May but at least we were finally going to start the first stage of our challenge-to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Poole (the plan is to walk it in stages, probably taking about 10 years to complete)
After nearly 4 months of lockdown, we were looking forward to enjoying some new scenery and feeling the wind in our hair (still got plenty of that at the moment until I can get to the hairdressers !). We left the car in Taunton then jumped on a local bus to Minehead joining a bunch of masked pensioners using their bus passes for their weekly jaunt to the seaside. After locating the official start point on the prom in Minehead (a giant pair of hands emerging from the ground holding a big map) we set off
The scenery was varied and stunning, from Exmoor with it's wild ponies, the high cliffs around Lynmouth, pretty Combe Martin (reached after climbing the highest point of the whole path, Great Hangman at 1043 ft, 318m) then the wide surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands. Along the way we found B & B owners struggling to get to grips with the new regulations which meant we had to agree a set time for breakfast in advance rather than turning up when we felt like it, and newly opened pubs with patient and good humoured queues of drinkers lined up outside (we Brits love a good queue !)
We also saw normal life resuming, kids building sand castles on the beach without a care in the world and surfers bobbing in the waves as the surf crashed around them in the setting sun, all very reassuring that normal life will return. As for the walking, it was much tougher than we expected, despite our lockdown training, we found the constant descents and climbs over every headland hard work and I soon began to struggle with a double layer of blisters on my heels and my toes felt like an overweight cart-horse had trodden on them. After 2 1/2 days I gave up wearing my hiking boots and covered the last 50 miles in a pair of beach shoes. Meanwhile my husband was being attacked by a variety of local wildlife, picking up 2 tick bites and then a leech which I managed to dislodge from his calf before it sucked up too much blood
Like other physical challenges (namely half marathons !), when the body starts to struggle the mind has to take over and it became a test of mental strength to keep going. At times we both wanted to give up but luckily not at the same time and we eventually limped into Barnstaple after a gruelling 22 mile last day. After checking into a fancy hotel we managed a wry smile when they offered to carry our luggage to our room and we pointed out we had carried it for so long we could probably manage it ourselves. We had covered 85 miles in 5 days, somehow we managed to exceed the official mileage of 69 miles for that section of despite not getting lost so I think we may have done too much wandering around the local watering holes each night.
So are we going to do the next stage (Barnstaple to probably Tintagel) ? Well, yes, but not anytime soon !
What a great walk! Clearly good footwear is essential! Would anyone like to send in their holiday walk or runreports?
Let's hope we have have some good news tomorrow from parkrun HQ.
Thanks for reaching this far. As ever, thanks for reading! WJ