What better way to spend a Sunday, than meeting up with friends for a trail run taking in part of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
I’d ummed and ahhed about joining this club run – could I keep up, could I cope with the run at the moment. I am so glad that I did go. The idea of the run was to give members the chance to use a map to follow a route – which some haven’t really done before. As always with our club, no one ever gets left behind and we had regular stops to check the map. I’m fairly used to using ordnance survey maps to plot and then follow a route (lots of walking in the past!), so was happy to step back to let others work it out and get the most from the day.
We met up at the village of North Dalton and were immediately off road and onto the tracks and bridleways. I love this type of running – although there were hills so it wasn’t all easy, it is just such a beautiful place to be. It was a very frosty and foggy morning, so the views can definitely be better, and we will definitely be back another day.
It was also my first run in the trail shoes that I’d bought the day before. I have a very old pair of Saucony trails, that were the first pair of proper running shoes that I bought – but I’m presuming all the cushioning has gone as they now make my legs hurt if it wear them. As we are doing more trail running I thought I could really do with some shoes with better grip than my road shoes…… hence a quick trip to Sports Direct to see what I could pick up cheap. I ended up with a pair of Karrimoor trail shoes – but the mens ones. The ladies were just too narrow so I thought it was worth a try. And they did seem to be OK – a little rubbing on one toe which might have been my sock, but I’m sure they will be fine for next Saturdays 5 mile No Ego run in Dalby Forest.
To make a day of it, we had booked in at the village pub for Sunday lunch – a treat that we were all looking forward to, and ready for after our run. The Star Inn always did have a good reputation for good pub food. Unfortunately we were all disappointed.
We’d prebooked as there were a few of us and had asked about gluten free whilst booking as two are strictly gluten free but they got orders wrong, gave a normal meal to a gluten free person – couldn’t answer questions about the meal. I had pork – about a tablespoon of mash, yorkshire pud, 2 slices of pork and two roast potatoes each. They brought veg out in serving dishes, but not a lot and VERY al dente! We asked for more veg and more roast potatoes and they brought out a few, but not enough to go round. And hot plates can’t make up for very lukewarm food. We left very disappointed and feeling like it really wasn’t worth the money and wishing we’d gone elsewhere.
Overall it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning – great company, in a gorgeous part of the country.