Back on the belt

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.

Brighouse Pool – Highmoor Lane – Hartshead – Clifton

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.

Maypole – Stock Lane – Mount Tabor – Moor Bottom – Cliff Hill Lane – 5 miles

From the Maypole Inn, Warley,
Just under 5 miles – hills but nothing unnecessary – much unlit – some muddy.
From Maypole Inn, Warley Halifax
(53.719708, -1.913917)

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.

Paths/trails around Brighouse

This is a list of eminently runnable off tarmac bits of running. The idea is that these can be put together in different ways with runs between to make good runs.

  • Foot of Clifton Common (53.702309, -1.772030
    – North to Old Wyke Lane (

    53.726024, -1.773814) 1.66m as crow flies.
  • Spout House Lane to Lower Finkil Street – 53.719164, -1.802157 to 53.716676, -1.796921 – A good shortish straight path – houses on one side and fields on the other. Nearly tarmac.
    Closed Paths:

  • Halifax Old Road North to Halifax Road – 53.726296, -1.825460 to 53.727210, -1.825503 North over the railway line. The old pedestrian crossing of the railway is stopped up legally and physically.

Hills – Trooper Lane, Halifax

Hill last night was Trooper Lane.

From Heath Rugby Club, Elland, along Stainland Road (N), up onto Huddersfield Road to foot of Jubilee Lane, then Up Jubilee Lane (regroup (1 mile and a bit)

Bear left down (at first) Backhold Lane, and along and up Oxford Lane. Over the top and along Whitegates Road and along and down Siddal New Road. At the bottom, and the entrance to the park/cemetery to your right, turn right up at first Swan Bank Lane, taking the first right which is the notorious Trooper Lane.
Climb to the junction with High Grove Lane.
Take a breath.
Above you, a steeper part of Trooper Lane climbs ever on.
[Run up until the first street lamp after you get onto the cobbles (about 200m), and gently back down to The junction at High Grove Lane. Repeat 4, 5 or 6 times according to taste and capacity. Take a full 2 minute break.] – Do this three times.
Return via the same route to Heath.
The return trip to the start of the climb is just under five miles. Each climb and descent is about 400m
The route on mapometer see here