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She's just completed a 5K Santa Run and her blog is full of Santa pictures. As is the fashion, in the 12 Weeks to Walking Team, some of us joined her to walk the same virtual distance. In other words - we walked the distance - but in our own locality. The race was on Saturday, but we were staying with our little grandchildren. How could I join in? Well - take them with me. And that's exactly what happened!
This was the start of the walk.
I had marked the distance on a map, it didn't look far on paper, but there were some tired legs by the end of it!
Some of us needed the odd helping hand, but some of the detours weren't on the map so accounted for a fair few extra steps!
We stopped from time to time to admire the view and take a drink from our water bottles. We could also see other people walking on the lower path.
Sometimes Grandma got so distracted photographing leaves and trees that she had to rush to catch up. However, walking with Grandpa meant that she wasn't even missed
We were now on our way to a planned deviation
We did a big circumference of the car park so that we could watch for trains at the same time. It's a busy commuter line, and there are plenty of trains during the day, even at weekends. I knew the car park would be empty, though. We were now over half way and one of us was beginning to falter. The answer was to look to see if we could find something unexpected. Did we succeed?
We did -
What a strange place to find a mug!
We left it in case the owner returns.
Then it was back towards the woods
and it's a bit upsetting when you get left behind
In those circumstances the best thing to do is run
and before you know it.....
..... not only are you out in front, but.......
You are first to cross the finish line
It was a slow time, but we managed it without a stroller - and I was really pleased and proud of the enthusiasm shown by the two youngest members of the party! Now it was back to the car and a journey home for a well-earned tea.
Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies. It was a fun walk, and we had another this morning. If I have nothing else to share with you I'll tell you about that tomorrow.