I could blame the conditions for my poor showing in the 10k Great Manchester Run on Sunday, and it’s true, it wasn’t a good day, but frankly I just didn’t have the speed in my legs. My time was over 3 minutes slower than my PB for the distance. Half-term report – must do better……
Not so for Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie who achieved his third consecutive win here, and his fourth in total.
Following him are Chris Thompson (GB), Sergei Lebid (Ukraine) and Craig Mottram (Aus). This was the finishing position as well.
Local girl Helen Clitheroe also had an excellent run, beating some fine athletes to take first place in the woman’s field.
The afternoon turned out worse than the morning, weather-wise, and I felt quite sorry for the last runners in, struggling through heavy showers.
We were intending to leave Manchester yesterday, but the rain and wind stayed with us, so we stayed put.
The Canada goose families were up and down the basins on a regular patrol, looking for edibles. And I must say I admire the parents for the care they take of the little ones. One adult in the lead and the other bringing up the rear, both going defensive against dogs too close to the water’s edge.
A marked contrast to the mallard’s rather careless attitude to childcare!
We decided to head out of town today, whatever the weather, and it wasn’t too bad first thing. But the clouds started to thicken around mid-day and we had more rain than dry spells as we cruised out to Dunham Massey.
We had to queue for water as we left Castlefield, but then we had a steady 3 hour trip out of the built-up area and into the countryside. Instead of traffic, trains and the odd police siren, all we’ve got here is birdsong. Much better.
Not much to report about the run back, apart from terrorising a duck family on the bank as we squeezed past a couple of barges cutting back bushes on the bank….
And being terrorised in turn by a swan protecting his partner and nest.
He left us to it, honour satisfied, near Seamons Moss Bridge.
Locks 0, miles 9½