A Trip over the Water

I am writing this in an airport awaiting  my delayed flight home. I have been visiting a beloved friend in Newcastle-Gateshead in the north east of England for a few days and I took the opportunity to run both days I have been here. Isn’t it great how simply going for a run makes a huge difference to how well you know a new place and the different perspective it can give you?

It was very refreshing to run somewhere new and, as a major city, somewhere where an investment has been made to create a route for walkers, runners and cyclists. Oh and kayakers and rowers as the path runs only inches from the legendary River Tyne.

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The route was well used and all this company was very nice on the first day.

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Unfortunately, on the second day I had a run in with one of The Cyclists.

The path is very narrow in places,  just wide enough for 1 person so you would need to stand in to allow another person to pass. I was running without any sounds at all so I could be aware of others and was wearing my hi-viz pink top so there was no way you could miss me. Suddenly, I became aware of a quiet noise behind me. As I tried to see which direction it was coming from The Cyclist appeared, about 2 inches from my heel.

Slamming on his brakes like I had just appeared (did I mention the hi-viz pink?) he skidded, swerved and landed on the grass verge. Then began to slide gently towards the river.

Gobsmacked I weighed up my options; should I grab him? Shout for help? Maybe it was a trick? Then as fast as he had fallen he was up again scrambling up the wet bank, on his bike and gone. Without a word.

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