When you look at the Ordnance Survey map for the Greensand Way between Dorking and Reigate it looks...........frankly..........pants.
No epic hills, no interesting features and what looks like an urban run through a busy town.
|I was hoping today wouldn't be a big steaming pile of doody on the Greensand Way|
After last weeks epic run through amazing hills, towers, temples and waterfalls and having woken up Saturday to drizzle I was mentally ready for a dull days running.
I was wrong.
|Dorking to Reigate Map 7 of the Greensand Way|
We parked up at the foot of the Nower where we left off last week. Its important on long runs to take any opportunity to take a 'wee break' where you can. This opportunity presented itself in Nower Rd so We took it.
|What ?! No Toilet Roll|
There's No Place Like Home
Just like Dorothy In the Wizard of Oz Claire had NEW TRAINERS on today. A very fetching pair of off road Ruby Red Shoes. Its possible that if you click the heals together and say "there's no place like home" three times you get transported back to Haslemere......
Leave the City Behind
After some very poorly signposted running through town and over a hill we ran through a tunnel under the railway and out into open rolling countryside. Much more like the Greensand Way we have come to know.
When we got to the Golf Course Club House (our halfway point for a 14 mile run return run) we found convenient signs marking our arrival.
The Return Route
After a traditional 'exposed hill top cold windy snack break' to leave us cold and stiff we started the run back. It was a good chance to look back on what we had learned today as I continued to cough up Pig Dust through my nose.
|Snowdrops on the Greensand Way|
We have both noticed that in the past a 14 mile run like the run to Gibbet Hill the first time was an EPIC RUN and now 14 miles is..........just 14 miles. I'm starting to get pain in my hips and bum from what I think is carrying weight in a badly fitting rucksack and so its time to consider buying the Osprey rucksack I have my eye on before next weekends first 'off road Greensand way marathon'
When we got back to the van Claire was all smug that she had a Chocolate flavour recovery drink (these "For Goodness Shakes" are really good after a long run for stopping the delayed fatigue you get a few hours after).
|SHOCKOLATE gives you ABS !|
I could only get my hands on yukky vanilla and so in protest waved my hairy fishnet armpit in full reckless view.
|Hairy Fishnet Armpit|
Next weekend is our first off road marathon and the weekend after is our first 2 day running event covering 55 miles (Half !) of the Greensand Way and with an overnight camping stop in tents. We also have some exciting news coming soon about a fourth member joining the group......
|Photogenic on the Greensand Way|