It is the first club run tonight for Stainland Lions, and I am volunteered to take out a group of up to six. Coronavirus, at least in this area is less overwhelming, and we all need to get back to doing what we do.
I admit to some tribulation. First of all, nobody has any real idea who will turn up. There might be six or sixty runners. Nobody knows how fit they will be. Some will have not run at all and some will have taken every (increased) opportunity to run more and be faster.
Nobody quite knows how to keep social distancing running in groups of six. Do we run in a line? Three rows, two abreast trying to maintain the distance?
I at least have found the lockdown not at all easy. I am very sure that we have it much better than most, and by a long way but that is how I feel. I can only express my sympathy for what others have had to go through in their many different ways.
We have learned to be distrustful of each other. That is something which will need repair. It will need time.
Having suggested the need to do exactly what we are doing, I cannot really avoid it. I have been running quite a bit, but am getting to an age when practice does not quite make it.
We shall see.
Usually in this area, we run up hill, and down dale – it is bumpy. We do however have canal, and just every now and then it makes sense to use it.
There were to of us this morning and we used the canal to remind ourselves of what it feels like to sprint. It became a challenging work out.
Find a pace which is amiable as a recovery pace. One (A) sprints ahead at top speed for as far as they can, until they feel the pace having to drop. They (A) then drop to a walk. The other, easy runner (B), catches up and as B passes A who is still walking, it is B’s turn to sprint. As B goes off on his sprint, A moves to the easy running pace.
Rinse, as they say, and repeat.
After say three sprints, both continue together at the easy pace until A is ready to go off again.
I was surprised how well this worked. It can work with runners of different paces but it depends upon the runners recognising that sprint means sprint, walk means walk, and easy easy. In particular, the walk can be very gentle.
From the Brookfoot Lock of the Calder and Hebble Canal just West of Avocet, outside Brighouse.
About 150-200 metres along the canal path is the starting point. There is a clump of about 4/5 trees properly higher than those around them. It is before that. There is a short climb up a path to your left. You will see a path going ahead through the trees. It is not made up, but is clear. About 250 meters ahead you come to a steep drop into the river. Follow the path instead to your right, with the river below you on your left. Again most of the way it is clear, but a little muddy. There are at least two points where you have to dip under branches, and one where you have to jump over a tree. About half way along the path you meet a much better, proper path, laid with stones. At this pont there is another path to your right through the woods, across the ponds and back onto the canal – do not take it – save it for another day.
You come out onto the full path with the large old metal bridge (badger bridge) to your left. Cross it, then take the path up and to your left about 20 metres beyond the bridge. This path climbs gently out through the trees, and then in a big semi-circle clockwise, coming to a gate on the edge of the reserve. Out and turn right.
The reserve is on your right, and the Rivr Calder to our right. Go on and sraight past the gate leading back into the Reserve, and turn left over the first bridge, then right, back toward the canal. Go through another gate and back right onto the canal towpath and toward Brighouse. A couple of hundred metres on, on your right is another gated entrance to the reserve. Go in. After a hundred metres or so, you join another path. Turn left, This path is parallel to the towpath, coming back onto the towpath; through the gate and right back toward the starting point.
That is a two mile circuit.
NB On the odd occasion when it it is muddy (ahem) the first part alongside the river can be more difficult. An easy alternative is to continue first on the canal bank to the next lock (Cromwell), taking the left through the gate by the lock into the reserve and then left again after a few yards. This is then all a prepared footpath meeting the other route by the river (turn right).
I am now 3 weeks post operation. The wound forms a splendid scar, but it is healing properly, with no infection or apparent disturbance. It still does feel sore from time to time.
I went to the consultant on Tuesday and saw the x-rays of the injury and of the repair. The injury was bigger than I had thought, with the clavicle appearing to be broken along a length of about 3 inches and quite separated. The plate that has been inserted had therefore to seal the bone together over that distance. I tried counting the screws, but gave up at 15. Talking to the consultant he was happy that the mobility I was already showing was better than I should properly expect, and of course this is pleasing.
I ceased taking the opioid drugs within the week after the operation and was then on paracetamol, but have changed now to ibuprofen. This does appears to be working better with what is now really a problem of muscles and the injury being inflamed and uncomfortable. The bony pain seems nearly to have finished.I am content with the ibuprofen and am taking slightly less than the maximum dose and hopefully less as each day goes by.
My swimming pal, Stuart also has injured his shoulder. Neither of us will be able to swim properly for some time. He was two or three weeks ahead of the, but his injury, I think, was more serious. In any event we have switched to the gym. I went yesterday, Friday, and this morning and I am pleased to say that although, clearly, I have lost some speed, I have not lost it all, and I feel that it will come back.
In particular, this morning, I ran on the treadmill and though these things are never the full story, I appear to have run 3 miles in 25 minutes at a small incline. This is, I think, an optimistic view of what I actually managed, but even allowing a substantial pinch of salt, I am pleased with it. Most importantly, I was able to run this morning without thinking all the time of my injury and the need to avoid any bumping of my shoulder. I was able simply to run, and to do so concentrating only on the difficulty of maintaining the speed government rather than worrying about the injury.
So far as physiotherapy has been promised it, I am to receive an appointment shortly. My main concern now is that I think I will be well beyond what would be the point at which they see me recovered by the time I get to see them. I really do need to get back to swimming and that does, and will require very full extension of my shoulder, regularly and repeatedly. The only thought I have is that my mobility is increasing every day and I have to persist in finding the balance between pushing too hard and making sure that improvements occur without any damage.
One of the sad lessons from all this is that at least two of the professionals I have seen have suggested that I need to start again swimming only breaststroke. It is uncomfortable to point out to them that that stroke involves at least a similar range of extension to the other strokes, and imposes probably the greatest strain on the clavicle because of the shape of the pull under the water. The simple truth is that I can only hope to get back swimming in a month or so.
I do seem to become involved regularly in the planning of running routes. I find that I have the time, enjoy maps, and it is fun, for me, at least.
I do not usually involve myself in social networks, but Strava does appear to work. They have now added a splendid resource, the heatmap,. And the heat map is a an online map which shows the Paths and trails taken bye local athletes. It is just nice.
What it does is 2 you confidence that a path you might wish to take is in fact open. There are many paths were you really do wonder whether the landowner has blocked the path off, or that it has become so overgrown has to be impossible. Who within 5 minutes, looking at the map, I was able to identify several routes which I had considered taking. Which I reckoned might not actually work resulting comma as usual, in an additional 10 minute round trip to find another way through. Within that short period of time I had identified several new ways of constructing local roots and will happily make use of it full stop for anybody undertaking a similar exercise, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The map is a heat map. It shows where Athletic activity is at its most intense. Unsurprisingly, but convincingly comma a quick check shows that the local park run routes, in Huddersfield Halifax and Brighouse all show the clear path of the root full stop the Huddersfield parkrun,Buy a long way the most popular, is sufficiently popular to have acquired a different colour on the heat map.
6 Miles – mixture of hills, road, public footpaths. Much is unlit, some is really quite muddy field.
From Brighouse pool, down behind the pool into Wellhome park. Bear left and across the bridge. Left again and out and to Thornhills Beck Lane
Right up the hill.
As Thornhills Lane merges from the right, the road becomes Jay House Lane
Regroup as Coach Lane comes fro your left.
On and up and out onto Highmoor Lane (the A643) There is proper fast traffic on here. Cross with care.
Uphill to your left and then right onto Highmoor Lane as was It looks a bit like the entrance to the golf club, but isn’t.
After a few hendred yards there is a small path – almost hidden (53.714118, -1.748844) going down between the golf club n your right and the grounds of themotorway service area on your left.
Follow this until it emerges as a wider pathway. You are in the golf club grounds but stay to your left, and you are on a public footpath and not in anyone’s way.
Eventually, the main footpath turns right and a smaller footpath takes you up and left toward a footbridge over the motorway (53.708669, -1.745221). Take it-
Across the bridge the Lane takes you still gently uphill.
At the top, the lane splits (53.708124, -1.736787). Take the stile to the right with the path through and along the right hand side of the field. This then later crosses back over the wall to your right and then continues, coming out onto Ladywell Lane (53.707387, -1.730779)
Turn right. After a few yards you go through the back of some houses, coming to a small cross roads. The obvious turn is left but go ahead. Some has put up beautiful large gates, but this is a public footpath, and a gap has been left to the right.
Take it and follow the lane straight n, past th houses and the farm buildings.
After a few hundred yards, you will see ahead a gate and to the left another stlie. Over you go.
Along the lane to another gate and stile leading into a field (53.704126, -1.739142). Downhill to your left (SSW) the path goes right across the fiedl You should be able to just see it. Take it. Toward the bottom, you will b re-assured to find anote stile bringing you out onto Blakelaw Lane (53.702386, -1.740322).
Turn Right, over the motorway bridge and back toward Clifton. Turn Left at the Black Horse Inn, and then, around the corner turn right along Coal Pit Lane.
Come up and turn left along New Street. At the end left and a short distance down Clifton Common, before crossing over and turning right along Thornhills Lane.
You come out at the top of Thornhills Beck Lane (where this all began).
Turn leftdown Thornhills Beck Lane, but at the bottom, instead of going back hrough the park, either run through the ford, or take the footridge, before coming uponto Bradford Road, where you can turn left and back to the Pool.
From the Maypole Inn, Warley,
Just under 5 miles – hills but nothing unnecessary – much unlit – some muddy.
From Maypole Inn, Warley Halifax
NE Along Stock Lane as far as Newlands Road (53.723477, -1.901190)
Across the road and N up Court Lane
(Now running around West End Golf Club)
Across at junction and along Highroad Well Lane (NNE)
At Ling Bob (53.727769, -1.897263), turn left and up Rye Lane (NW)
Stop at the bus turning circle (53.732663, -1.907794) and
Continue down the path till you come to Broadley Road, where you turn right (NNE)
Left after a short distance NW up Moor End Road
Through Mount Tabor
REGROUP at junction (left) with Stocks Lane (53.743962, -1.922469)
Down the farm road to left and above Stocks Lane.
Follow through the farm yard (Moor Bottom very slight kink to left at 53.739327, -1.925834) till it comes out onto Heath Hill Road (53.733207, -1.920938)
Just after Raw End Road joins from your right, take the junction down and to the right – Workhouse Lane
Continue through the junction onto Warley Town Lane
Next right (53.723089, -1.921947) down Winterburn Lane (shortcut is to left continuing along Warley Town Lane to the Maypole)
Keep going down until the junction (second) with Cliff Hill Lane (53.717944, -1.916085). Turn left up steeper hill back into Warley and home.