Monday 1st July
Breakfast in Greggs, which orignated in Newcastle


We start at St Nicholas, a classic cathedral in a city the is redolent with history. There’s so much to discover about this sea faring city with its centrepoint overlooking the admired, used and abused Tyne. The cathedral today has a purpose of driving communuity outreach and support.
The distinctive lantern spire dates from 1448.
There actually is a castle at Newcastle and we should pass it as we head South to Gateshead and pay our artisitic respects to Antony Gormley’s monumnetal cast of his own body, The Angel of the North, 66ft high and located on a former colliery.
After passing Chester Le Street (with a view of the hotel and golf course at Lumley Castle). Lunch is planned for Durham with Durham’s Finest ‘Pease Pudding’ cold on the proposed menu. Durham is the Wear city, where history is preserved in the the shape of many buildings including the cathedral, castle and university. There are plenty of UNESCO sites to note.
Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland are then passed in what is a densely populated route. Auckland Castle is next on a list of must sees.
Post Run

After finishing  the running for the day in Piercebridge at the roman fort, at 34 miles, there should be time to jump in the van to test our eyesight at Barnard Castle and vists to Darlington and Richmond.

The latter is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The population here voted for Rishi Sunak to represent them as their MP.
7.30am Greggs
8am Newcastle Cathedral
9am – 9.15am Angel of the North (4 miles)
11.30am – 12.30 Durham Cathedral and City Centre (15 miles)
3pm – 3.30pm Auckland Castle (25 miles)
5.30pm Piercebridge Roman Fort (34 miles)
Afternoon – Barnard Castle (Charis to visit by car for the famous eye test, whilst Frank is running)
Evening – Darlington and Richmond town centres (post run visits by car, Frank and Charis)
Fuel: Greggs (first shop was in Newcastle), Pease Pudding, Stottie, Pan Heggarty