FKT: Sue Harrison - The Harry Green Way - 2023-04-22

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5h 12m 35s

This is a lovely, varied route, taking in the countryside and villages around Southam in Warwickshire.  For the most part it’s well marked, although there was a distinct lack of waymarkers through the villages and in Southam itself.  Or maybe I just didn’t notice them!  I also got a bit confused around the HS2 construction works and path diversions near Ladbroke, but managed to get myself back on track after an unintended detour!

I started and finished at the start of the Southam Holy Well Walk, by Wood Street car park.  There are a few short sections of the route on roads, mainly through the villages, but the majority is field footpaths, a short stretch on the Grand Union Canal, and a slightly longer stretch on the Oxford Canal.  As we’ve had such a wet winter a lot of the route was very muddy – up to my ankles in deep, slimy mud in places, or sticky mud making my shoes feel like lead weights!  But there were also plenty of signs of spring – lambs in the fields, oilseed rape beginning to turn yellow, bluebells in Ufton Wood and skylarks singing overhead.

Although I was running solo, it was a supported run as my coach / friend drove round in the car and kept popping up in the villages to check I was OK.  This also meant I could replenish my drink bottles halfway round too, which was useful.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable run, but I think there’s definitely some time to come off on another attempt, with better ground conditions and now I’m familiar with the route.


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Congrats. I'm glad it has a proper time now.