Archive for September, 2011

More from Woodwose L

September 28, 2011

Thanks indeed Chris, it was quite a day out.  I’m sure there are lots of good points to doing it anti-clockwise but the idea of striking out beyond the city early on was a strong incentive to me to do it clockwise.  In that direction the descent from Spaniorum hill gives great views across to Manor Farm and round to the Severn.  That was the scenic high-point for me, but I also greatly enjoyed the following section past Easter Compton, the descent from Shortwood Hill and almost all of the way from Keynsham to Norton Hawkfield.  By Dundry it seems largely downhill home, excepting the climb through Ashton Court, but the prospect of passing the Green Man carries one up that bit. 


You are right that Three Acre Covert is nettly – swift progress through there helps.  But more unpleasant in my estimation were the three or four places where cattle being herded through narrow gaps had created deep gooey mud – on the CFP route from Willsbridge to Londonderry Farm and somewhere near Chewton Keynsham, in particular.  


There are some different route-finding challenges to a clockwise orbit.  I’ve made plenty of mistakes on previous runs over sections of the route, but the point that I have found consistently hard has been spotting the path on which to turn left after crossing Bailey’s Court Road. 


Looking back just a little it’s intriguing to think of passing so many attractive places on the periphery of Bristol in a day, quite satisfying.  But there is a bit of a challenge left for me for next year, perhaps, so see whether I can find a way to get around it in less than twelve hours – I’ll ponder on that over the dark nights of winter!


September 26, 2011

I have just received a message from Ultrarunning, who do the Malvern Hills Ultra and who are also doing the new Severn Way Challenge. They are interested in putting on a Green man Challenge Race in February. What do we think?

Woodwose L

September 26, 2011

I have just received the following message from our new Woodwose – Woodwose L (that’s 50 if you don’t do Latin).

Message: Hello, this is just to mention that I managed to get around the Community Forest Path yesterday, with some deviations and not at all quickly (13.5 hours) but at least home safely. 
I was too tired from the previous week at work to get up early, but the forecast was reasonable and the days are getting shorter, so I saw it as a possible last opportunity this year.  Consequently I set off at 8:20 from home, not far from Sea Mills.  For the first section, clockwise round to the Kendleshire Golf Club, I mostly ran, but after that I found it very hard to run so walked.  I reached Keynsham at 14:20 and stopped briefly for lemonade, then got to Dundry just after 18:00, with a bit of drizzle.  I had a minor deviation in the continuing drizzle on the descent, but was back on track by the A38.  As the light faded I missed the path over Ashton Brook and had to reach the entrance to Ashton Court via the P&R car park and the B3128.  Fortunately the gates to Ashton Court were open and I found the Green Man with my head torch.  Increasingly tired, at 21:10 I made a silly blunder when nearly home and took a long circular loop around Sneyd Park, costing me 25 minutes, but I fini
shed just before 22:00 – very tired.  

I\’m not sure whether my deviations disqualify me from your list of completers.  To me the motivation was personal challenge (I was 60 in May), inspired by hearing someone from the Forest of Avon speaking about their work, including the CFP, 5-10 years ago at a John Muir Trust meeting near Bristol.  I\’ve run all of it before in sections, but wondered how I could put it all together.

Rin’dzin’s feat

September 6, 2011

Rin'dzin's feet after her feat

Thanks to HUGE support on the day from pacers and helpers, I completed the Green Man ahead of schedule and have earned the delightful title of Woodwose no. 49 (that means I’m the 49th person to have completed the 45 mile circuit.)  

As it happens, I covered 49 miles too (48.6, to be precise) as, on the fourth leg, I mislaid my iPhone and backtracked to find it.  Chris, who was running with me, located it in the hands of a friendly fisherman.  It seems I’m the first person to have run the challenge barefoot (in vibrams), so we are going to try to get some publicity for Aro Ling through that. 

I am extremely touched by your generous support, financial and otherwise, and quite overwhelmed by the positive and encouraging response on behalf of Aro Ling.  For those who sponsored me per mile, I don’t expect you to go beyond the 45 miles of the circuit! 

Feet and legs: sore, but no injuries.  A few blisters. 
Weather: perfectly cool and damp, but not wet or slippery for most of the morning.  Uncomfortably hot in the afternoon. 

I’ve attached a picture, for your amusement. 

Stats, for the Geeks among you:

11 hours 25 mins, start to finish 
Minus the iPhone backtrack: 10 hours 45 mins
Moving average 4.9mph
Total ascent 3174ft


My kind sponsors: all of you, thank you very much indeed. 

For guidance in practice, form, remaining present and staying injury free:
Naljorpa Chhi’mèd Kunzang
Lisa Clarke, Alexander Technique teacher
Matt James, Structural Integration massage, Aro Ling

Chris and Libby Bloor and their grandchildren were present the whole day.  Chris ran with me for 5 legs, Libby & kids provided pitstop entertainment and home-grown tomato sandwiches.  Chris plied me with the best pint of orange squash I’ve ever tasted in my life. 

Lawrence, who drove 5 hours from Hull, ran 17 miles, didn’t have time for a shower and drove home 5 hours to North Wales for an early rise the next morning.  

Sunday morning early riser, videographer and post-run masseur: Lekyi
Jill, a marvellous post-run leg massage
Frankie, copious amounts of chocolate, chai, chappattis and love. 

and Métsal, for support all afternoon at the pitstops, car runs and lifts, and the sausage sandwich

and for all your texts and emails of encouragement.  They really did make a difference.   

With much love and gratitude, 


Barefoot shoes

September 4, 2011

Look at those feet!

Rin’dzin contemplates the task ahead with Woodwose XXVIII (Jonathan Gledson)  in attendance – 6-30am Sunday 4th September.