I finally got down to Sandwell Valley to plan the courses for the SEE on 28 August. Well, I’d done some armchair planning months ago, but as you might expect I’ve had to revise a few of my ideas. Thanks to the wet summer it’s a jungle out there. Getting the runners off the paths (and getting them back alive!) is a real challenge, and the brambles are even starting to sprout across the paths.

The Valley was really quiet (oops, I forgot the M5!) and I had a great three hours before the rain set in. I still need to go back, and I’ll do it on a sunny day in the summer holidays, to get a better idea of where the action is. I must mention what a boon it is having such a great map, only recently updated by Alison Sloman.