WHAT could be more fun than a Sunday morning splashing through muddy puddles, and well trodden footpaths, chasing checkpoints, up to your knees in mud and goodness knows what else. Add to that a group of 30 or so friends dressed in 1980s running gear and you have THE RETRO RUN 2017 – whoever said running isn't fun, hasn't tried to mix it up and do something a bit different.
Hosted by a family (albeit a family of enviable fell running and orienteering pedigree) and with children encouraged to join in, it really didn't matter what the weather was doing, the atmosphere was warm, bright and great fun to be part of.
So with a time allowance of an hour and a half, generously cut short from 2 hours because of the appalling weather, a map and a score sheet we head off in teams into the Yorkshire countryside. Using clues already on the landscape, such as: “what kind of tree overhangs the stile at checkpoint F” and “according to the sign which animals are kept in this field”, you chose which direction you wanted to go , with the task of reaching as many checkpoints and be back at the start point within the given time. The hardest to reach checkpoints got the most points, so it was up to you where you went. In fact the winning team was a group of youngsters, who using their initiative split up and went in different directions – this was no ordinary group of youngsters though – they had been brought up with an outdoors lifestyle, knew how to use a map and compass confidently, were happy to be out there on their own running around the countryside, having a laugh with their friends, and their parents all knew that they would be back in time and most likely with the most points!
So another 5 miles in the bank #run1000miles, more shoes to clean, bacon butties, cake and prizegiving afterwards – the perfect Sunday morning.