Thursday 4th July – Election Day Special


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, with swingometer vote, 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.


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.

Post Run

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 Bradford will be included.  The canal past the latter is a location for the happy running events hosted by Grim Up North Running.



6.30am Copmanthorpe

8am Tadcaster’s breweries (5 miles)

Gascoigne Almshouses, Aberford – will be visited by Charis duriung her driver support day

Triumphal Arch – Will be visited by Charis during her driver support day. A surprising celebration of American Independence on what is, after all, American Independence Day.

9am – 9.30 Bramham Park (9 Miles)

1pm Headingly and Kirkstall Abbey (22 miles)

2.30pm – 3pm Pudsey (27 miles) Meet Link Communication

4pm Bradford Cathedral (31 miles)

Brathay Trust youth and team will meet me at the cathedral.


Post Run

Trinity Leeds (Land Securities, sponsor)


Fuel: Curry, beer and crisps. Seabrooks of Bradford and John and Samuel Smith and Joseph Tetley!