Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Glorious run in the sun

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to have a free day on the sunniest and loveliest day we've had for a long time. Although I was a bit tired after Sunday's Half marathon, I knew I had to make the most of the good weather, before it disappeared again. So I had the brilliant idea of driving down to a nearby scenic spot and exploring. I ran carrying my camera in my hand which I've never done before, but I was glad I took it.

It's a country park by the coast, and I ran along a river that winds down into the sea. I thought it was a 3 mile path to the beach, but it turned out to be about 1.5 miles.

 When I got to the pebble covered beach, I tried to run along for a bit, but there was no path that wasn't piles of pebbles and rocks, and it was impossible to run on! So I clambered back up the beach and onto the grass again.

I love these chalk cliffs round here...

Some of the run was on a concrete path, but whenever I could I ran on the soft grass. It was quite dry, so not too muddy, and nice to run on.

I was constantly stopping to take pictures, climb over stiles, open gates and just admire the views.

I got a bit lost, and never made it to the viewpoint I had intended to get to. I found out where it was though - basically on the one path I didn't take. I tried 3 routes towards the beach and back to the car park! 

But I was enjoying the run so much I didn't care. I ended up doing 6 miles at 9.35 min/miles pace, which was a bit faster than I meant, especially considering the terrain.

Now the weather has gone back to grey clouds, and we are due rain in the next few days. I am looking forward to the next time the sun comes out and I can get out and enjoy it again!


  1. Lovely photos! Someday I will visit the S Coast of England.

  2. Looks like a fabulous run. Thanks for all the pics.

  3. I'm glad you took your camera too. It looks glorious! We've finally had a dry morning and it was just so good to see the sun after so many miserable days.

  4. wow, gorgeous - that 3rd pic down is lovely!

  5. I would LOVE to see those chalk cliffs. What a fun-filled day you had - yay!

  6. Liz, I carry my tiny camera in a pouch that's fastened to a belt round my waist (click on the first picture in my latest Blog posting to see what I mean) so I'm hands free. It goes on nearly all my runs and gives me plenty of excuses for stopping and having a wee rest!
    Nice set of pictures by the way.

  7. Thanks for sharing those pictures. What a lovely place to run!

  8. You are so right: you have to get out there while the weather is still good! We had some beautiful sunny weather too, but right now it's raining again...

  9. That DOES look like a glorious run in the sun!