This feature packed day starts with the run going through the brewing town of Tadcaster where old conflicts with new, victorian with modern as the Smiths of beer, John and Samuel collide, one all about the brand, now part of empire Heineken, and one steeped in tradition and run by a family of British eccentrics. Many extraordinary tales have unfolded. A pint off will be an essential part of the day.
Brewing is also a part of the Leeds story as we venture near to the Hunslet home of Tetley.
Gascoigne Almshouses and The Triumphal Arch, a surprising celebration of American Independence are also tempting diversions just before Leeds, just off route and may get a visit.
Sporting and running-related locations on route include Headlingly the home of Yorkshire’s challenged cricket team, the Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Marathon (where I ran as a fundraising pineapple) and Bramham the estate home to horse trials, music festivals and the Endure 24 running festival.
I will also skirt around Kirkstall Abbey, a famous ruin.
The running route goes through Pudsey, home to TOE supporting business Link Communication before an emotional arrival at Bradford cathedral which is also the neighbour of a major Brathay Trust resource.
If we can pack anymore in then a visit to Leeds city centre and its Trinity Leeds shopping, and/or the industrial philanthropy of Titus Salt’s Saltaire in Brandford will be included. The canal past the latter is a location for the happy running events hosted by Grim Up North Running.
Fuel: Curry, beer and crisps, courtesy of Link client Kohinoor, Seabrooks of Bradford and John and Samuel Smith and Joseph Tetley!
Overnight: Camponile, Wakefield