The 2020 Easter Monday Alderley Park Trail / Southport Seaside 2019 10K @ Cawood

Easter without a race is a bit like Easter without ,well, eggs.

So when on April 1st I saw a Facebook advert for the Run NW Lucky Dip challenge I was in. Well it’s for Charity so not too hard to justify.

A few days later a package arrived with a t-shirt from the 2019 Alderley Park Trail 10K and a medal from the Southport Seaside 2019 10K.

Since there’s not much seaside in Cawood ; even if there is still plenty of sand in sandbags, and I was a regular visitor to Alderley Park in the 1990’s * I decided the Easter Monday Alderley Park  2019 10K Trail would take place in Cawood.

(*There is photographic evidence somewhere of me in a jacket that was unacceptable even in the 90’s resembling a tailored version of some of my leggings – but I’ll spare you that.)

The race started at a civilised 10:23 from the backdoor picking up the local Wolsey Way across fields to a road. A short road stretch before hitting the river bank just after 3K.

I tucked in behind the lead runner (aka Neil) as we followed the winding river bank for around 5K. Back onto road at the Church before crossing rejoining the Wolsey way across the common land at the back of Cawood Castle , across the playing field and then back to road for the final sprint finish to be the first lady home.

The Cawood  – Alderley Park 10K Trail

Series entries are open until 31st May –

Canals, Cake, Chocolate and Cerveza – Jane Lawson

Februay 29th – a bonus day that you only get every 4 years and despite having a heavy cold what better way to spend it than with a run ( or 2) in Yorkshire.

After a gentle and wet Bowling Park parkrun I headed over to Saltaire for the “Sir Titus Trot” organised by the Its Grim up North crowd.

The race started at 12 and by this time the sun had come out. The 10K was an out and back along the canal from Saltaire to just past the 5 locks at Bingley. The going along the tow path was surprisingly firm – but there were lots of puddles to splash through.

This was my second GRIM run. They mainly organise trail races , usually with the choice of several distances from 5K to Ultra with all abilities joining in. Low key and friendly there is always cake, chocolate and a bottle of beer to refuel with at the end.