Today's run started badly, and ended worse. Oh, not from any mental or aesthetic point of view, it is always worth being outside as you know. Rather, it was the fact that I couldn't run more than a couple of hundred metres at a time without having to pause to relieve some aching body part or other.
Or all of my body parts, more like.
I cancelled my plans to run the river trail, and instead headed off on the CLay Lane route, running the length of it. It's at its most overgrown at this time of year, its most mysterious. And it reminded me of a childhood where Clay Lane was much rougher and more unkempt than it is now, where we tried to play cricket in grass a foot long, and the conker tree named "King Kong" delivered a rich haul of conkers ripe for leaving in a plastic bag in the pantry and never ever using.
Most of the time we stuck to the main field for our adventures, but one time about 6 of us struck out along the Lane proper, swishing sticks around and generally being kids. Looking back, I find it hard to believe I ever did such normal kid things.
We had got about halfway along, when we heard the familiar bee in a biscuit tin sound of a moped being ridden across a field. Then two mopeds. Then three.
"Shit!" shouted one of our number. "It's the Hell's Angels!!! Run for your life!!!"
Even at ten years of age, you'd have thought we would have known that Hell's Angels were more renowned for riding huge Harley Davidson cruisers rather than Honda 50s with a top speed of twenty miles per hour, but we set off like scalded cats back along the path, running indeed for our lives.
"IF THEY CATCH US THEY'LL KILL US!" the same boy shouted again, probably rather irresponsibly, and we upped our pace like we were fleeing alien monsters in the dark. No-one wanted to be the fat kid left behind. Luckily, we already had one of those. Were they being captured and killed? No-one looked back.
"RUUUUUUNNN!!!" and we did and we emerged from the trees onto the field and were able to stop and catch our breath. The fat kid was still with us unmaimed, and we probably had a good laugh and (relieved) giggle, before heading off to get a 10p mix from the corner shop.
Think of this story when you look at the Clay Lane pictures below!
All images and text copyright CreamCrackeredNature 05.08.15
|The bike track ditch is now choked with pink flowers - herb robert???|
|Entrance to the Clay Lane depths|
|Elderberries. Annoyed autumn is coming|
|Blackberries now starting to ripen|
|One of the few flowers in the lane|
|Childhood biker terrors|
|The end of Clay Lane is now blocked|
|Beacon Hill. Small skipper|
|A very orange bum|
|Small skipper, now moved to a different thistle|
|Wings open a little more|