First time I’ve been back here for years. Map’s been extended and we now have a nice venue – the visitor centre, where local people sat and chatted in the sun while we went about our business, and a very nice lady provided us with water. And we needed water – the temperature was in the high 30’s and I made sure I had enough in my tank before embarking on my 5 km.

I can’t say I remembered much about the area, apart from the canals, the engine house and the football pitch, but it served its purpose well (i.e. providing a local alternative to the Scottish 6 Days) and the locals, young and old, were friendly, including, I guess, the (tipsy?) pranksters who kept moving control 15.

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Time: 44:54. Sweat: loads.