After publicising Tyntesfield Feel Good Friday Runs for several months I finally decided to take a look and see what they were like. Full marks are due to the National Trust and to Nailsea Runners for making this great space available to the running community. On arrival I was met by Hugh and Amy from the National Trust and Emma who was the run leader from Nailsea Runners for the run. All three made the runners really welcome and the fact that Roger Brocklesby (like me a first timer), Carol Kiekuth and Paul Burgess were running and Alison Engledew (post-knee op) was there as a spectator made it feel like a home from home. Altogether there were 26 of us on the run. The fact that the sun shone helped but it was a great run around varied terrain that was expertly led by Emma who stopped regularly to regroup and people went off and added loops here and there so everyone got a good work-out without feeling under any pressure. I was really feeling like a recreational runner. We paid £3 for the privilege of joining the run which included a tea or coffee at the end and I didn’t have to rush off so was able to sit and chat about running at the end (when do I ever do anything else I hear you cry). The food on offer at Tyntesfield was very enticing but I did not succumb despite not having breakfast beforehand (my own personal quirk – I don’t like running unless I haven’t eaten for around 3 hours). The Bristol & West contingent was the last to leave (I was ill-prepared for that – the others have put in hours of training in the Ashton Court Café after parkruns!). It’s on every second Friday and if you have the luxury of being self-employed or retired I would thoroughly recommend it – I might even go in a fortnight’s time if my diary is free.
Keith Brackstone Reports