Well it’s Fathers Day today and after what seems like days of non stop rain and high winds we have sunshine this morning, so I’m off for a run.
I decided on my usual midweek run of Twickenham to Richmond along the Thames, cross the river and back along the other bank to Teddington Lock, except this time I’ll carry on to Kingston bridge, cross the river and return home via Bushy Park. Should be around 12-13 miles.
I tied on my Luna’s as usual, grabbed shot bloks and a bottle of Nuun and set off.
The view across to Richmond Hill was impressive.
I reached Richmond Bridge, crossed over the river and turned right and started along the other bank towards Kingston.
The rowers were out in force and You can see a 4 just in front of Marble Hill house, an 18th century villa in 66 acres built by King George II for his mistress Henrietta Howard.
I carried on along the path running easily at around 10:15 min/ mile before reaching Ham House a 17th century house supposedly haunted.
I had run this path several days earlier in the dark so was surprised to see a tree had fallen and been cut up to clear the path. It shows how windy it had been.
As you can see by my Camelbak bottle on top it was a fair sized tree and a real shame.
I crossed back over Kingston bridge and joined the parkrun course in Bushy park at about half way, but running it in reverse taking me round to Teddington Gate.
The last few miles along streets were a poor substitute for the great trails I had been running along the river.
One more training run left before ‘The Wall’ ultra on Saturday.