Thought I would use my Bank Holiday Monday to have a run around Calderdale and also take the opportunity to break in my shiny new fell shoes before the weekend’s big English Championship race at Fairfield.
Setting off from Mytholmroyd, like most races in these parts you end up climbing to the Stoodley Pike monument,albeit from a different direction than usual. Then you follow Dick Lane,which you could hardly describe as a Lane really! Its a boggy,tussocky track.
Unfortunately I managed to sprain my ankle after only two mile, so the following five mile was a rather painful experience threading my way through those damn tussocks.
I did finish though,happy with my new shoes,not so happy with the colour of my legs which looked as if I had undergone spray – on rust effect!
Also along today were Richard and Jason who finished well in front of me.
As I sit here writing this, with ice-pack strapped to my ankle its a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s big race but hopefully I’ll recover in time.
*The History bit. The Coiners were a group of counterfeiters known as the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’ who, in the late 18th century came close to wrecking the British currency with their illegal activities. Most of them are buried in the churchyard at nearby Heptonstall.