Running Free: The Lake Run

Another in this very occasional series.

Yes, I know it’s been a while. But I’ve still been running, at least 3 times a week, sometimes more. Running’s a hard thing to photograph though, especially when you’re on your own, as I usually am. For today I had Sarah’s company. And since I’ve also got a better phone now – light enough to run with and it can also take decent photos – it seemed a good opportunity for us to show you our current favourite run. So let’s go.

Out of our house and down the hill.

Out of our house and down the hill.

Across Smithdown.

Across Smithdown.

Threading through the terraced streets to Crawford Avenue.

Into Penny Lane.

Into Penny Lane.

Up the hill over the railway.

Up the hill over the railway.

And down the far side.

And down the far side.

Along Greenbank Road past the University halls.

And into Ibbotson's Lane.

And into Ibbotson’s Lane.

Arriving in Sefton Park.

Arriving in Sefton Park.

Over the bridge across Dingly Dell.

Over the bridge across Dingly Dell.

Then turning right through the park.

Then turning right through the park.

And down to The Lake.

And down to The Lake.

Seems late in the summer to be having the babies, but I'm sure she knows what sh'e doing.

Seems late in the summer to be having the babies, but I’m sure she knows what sh’e doing.

Along the side of the lake.

Along the side of the lake.

Which is being cleared of weedy summer overgrowth.

Which is being cleared of weedy summer overgrowth.

Much to the delight of the park's winged inhabitants.

Much to the delight of the park’s winged inhabitants.

Turning left at The Lake café.

Turning left at The Lake café.

And up the hill.

And up the hill.

Around the edge of the park.

Around the edge of the park.

Turning right into the quiet, woody beginning of Queen's Drive, the city's main ring road.

Turning right into the quiet, woody beginning of Queen’s Drive, the city’s main ring road.

Running under complete canopy cover at the moment.

Running under complete canopy cover at the moment.

Left at the Greenbank Road junction.

Left at the Greenbank Road junction.

Past the halls again.

Past the halls again.

And crossing the end of Penny Lane.

And crossing the end of Penny Lane.

Sarah gets there first!

Sarah gets there first!

Where, inevitably, like every other day of the year, there are tourists arriving. To take pictures of each other standing by a road sign.

Often it’s the Magical Mystery Tour bus, today it’s one of the increasing fleet of Fab Four Taxi Tours.

Into Stalbridge and under the railway line, it's raining steadily now.

Into Stalbridge and under the railway line, it’s raining steadily now.

Back across Smithdown.

Back across Smithdown.

And up the hill.

And up the hill.

Sprinting for home.

Sprinting for home.

The fastest time for this is 27m:12s. Not today though, with all the photograph taking and larking about, but always a lovely run for seeing how the neighbourhood’s doing and how life’s going for everyone down on The Lake.

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