Mick Harper wrote:This year's Summer Outing is to Margate after your behaviour last year.
It was dreadful, wasn't it? But I've learnt my lesson. This year I'd have my ride on The Scenic Railway roller coaster before I have the jellied eels, winkles, ginger beer and ice cream. Not after.
But what's this? Curses! I've been double-booked. Breaking news from Marlborough Running Club ....
With the Summer Solstice less than 3 weeks away it is time to start compiling a list of those that are interested in running to the stones this year.
Meeting in the Manton Down car park at 4:15 am for a gentle run across the Valley of the Stones and along the Herepath to Avebury. We arrive in Avebury just before 5 am, then mix with the usual Solstice crowds to watch and celebrate the midsummer sunrise. Because the sun has to rise above the Ridgeway hills, sunrise in Avebury is 5:08, about a quarter of an hour later than at Stonehenge.
Once the sun has risen we run around the stone circle, much to the amazement of the usual crowd of travellers, druids, and those just passing the time before heading to Glastonbury. Our run would end with a gentle jog back. Total distance covered about 7 miles. We would be back at Manton Down Car Park for around 6am.
If you are interested in running, please let me know, a reminder though, many of you have already signed up to the Longest Day 10K event in Chippenham the night before so may not want to do both!
Most of the run there-and-back is along the ancient Herepath (Green Street) passing though the sarsan boulder fields.
I may be persuaded to do the run blacked-up and wearing my Extreme Morris Dancing costume. (a.k.a. a well-disguised Devonian martial arts dobok)