We are in very strange times as we all struggle to understand the best action to take and having dig deep for motivation to solo run while listen to the advice to ‘social distance’. As a club to we are continuing to monitor advice from England Athletics, NHS England, and Public Health England, it was through direct advice of England Athletics to suspend all activities, currently until end April.
We are all in this together, although we are not meeting and running together we can continue to share stories of our runs through Facebook; BAR club members, Whatsapp; BAR members group Strava; Bedale Aiskew Runners. I’d like to take this opportunity are feature a number of routes to give inspiration in these difficult times, coving a range of distances.
‘BAR it’s not a Park Run’
A 5k loop, fast and flat on some relatively quiet country lanes. While staying local and exploring a different route option to regular ones run from BSC. This route is great for isolation, passing only a few houses and short of running the villages. With approx. 1m warm up on Low Street by setting off from Leeming Bar. On reaching the first right your ‘it’s not a Parkrun’ starts here, taking the road to the right Fence Dyke Lane running all the way to the end. Then turning left on to Fleetham Lane towards Little and Great Fencote. On reaching St Andrews Church take the road to the left in front of the church, running to the end of the road and turning left for the final side of the square with a slight down-hill to the finish.
Kirkby Malzeard 10k
Some will remember this being part of the Black Sheep Brewery race series, the race was last run in 2014. This 10K roughly circular route on picturesque rural roads and metalled bridleways, again great for isolation. Starts on the main street Kirkby Malzeard outside of Highside Butchers running up the village then turning left back on yourself and down Back Lane until you reach Warren Lane. Turning right away from the village, to the first right on to back lane on reaching Laverton, turn right then in the middle of the village left over a little bridge over a stream. On leaving Laverton you hit the first real effort of the route, a long climb up to Missies Lanes. Turning left and undulating along at possible the highest past of the route, giving opportunity to take in the scenery looking to your left across the valley at the vista towards Kirkby Malzeard and your route to the end. At the end of the road turning left heading down-hill on Gate Bridge Road, across a narrow bridge into a series of bends. Leaving the bends on Warren Lane on a gentle climb, reaching a road on the left turning towards Laverton on reaching the village take the road on the right, retracing your early steps round the lane at the end turning left. As you re-enter Kirkby Malzeard taking the left onto Back Lane, on reaching the Green the route teases you, your nearly home! Turning left for follow the road round the Green, then left and immediately left behind the houses and on to a track leading you onto Highside playing fields to the end of your run.
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