• Tom Crossland

Day 21 - An emotional return...

Wootton - Atwick 49.77 km (760 km done)

Start Time - 8.34 am

Finish Time - 4.15 pm

Moving time - 6 hours 39 mins

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 21 C

Min - 17 C

Max - 26 C

Support runners today

Daniel Scott

Rachel Boddice

Craig and Rachel (from Hornsea Harriers)

As I wrote yesterday, today was a day about spending time down memory lane and what a day it was. When I set off today I was really excited about crossing the humber. I used to drive across the bridge three days a week during my time training to go to placement in Grimsby and Scunthorpe and although I spent three days a week for two and a half years on placement in Grimsby I did not recognise anything as I ran through. But the humber bridge is definitely something I could not forget. As I got on to the bridge, I told myself to enjoy it and take my time so I walked across most of the bridge. The thing that I was not expecting was the upwelling of emotion and tears as I crossed. I really have no idea where this came from or why I was so emotional. I think, in a strange way it was like coming home, for a few hours I knew where I was, I knew where I was going and I felt comfortable. Rather than simply having to follow the pink line and hoping that I will end up where I had planned or not having to back track miles, I had a sense of relief of knowing where I was going. I guess this sense of relief just overspilled.

I ended up dawdling a lot (probably too much) as I made my way through the city, taking detours to see Bex and my old home and going through the university to see what has changed and what is the same. These detours ended up adding 2 km to the day, but they were totally worth it and I'd do them again.

Tomorrow is another story all together. I am still not 100% clear about the route for tomorrow due to this section of English Coast Path not being open yet and the rights of way along the cliff tops being uncertain and so I plan to stay inland on the road, but part of that would mean being on another fast A road for a few km, just before Bridlington, and having driven down it to get to our accommodation for tonight I am going to re look at the route again and see if there is anyway to cut that section out. So after the relief of knowing where is was today and not relying on the pink line tomorrow is going to be completely different.

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