This post is dedicated to @UltraBoyRuns

I had some shiny new trail shoes and a 9 mile trail run on the books. What better place to try them out than on Wimbledon Common? Inspired by Ultraboy, who will be running the Summer Breeze Half Marathon, I decided to recce the course to see how muddy it is.

Shiny new shoes

Shiny new shoes

I printed off the route, studied it hard, and set off.

The theory

The theory

You might think that following the route would be easy.  After all, I run on Wimbledon Common a lot.  My running club meets at the Windmill, Beverley Brook used to be part of my run commute and my first ultra was on the Capital Ring.  Joining them up would be a piece of cake!

It appears that the space warping wombles that inhabit the common were out enjoying the sunshine.  Barring a couple of small detours, the first half was largely okay, but from Fishponds onwards… let’s just say that my map-reading leaves a little bit to be desired.



Is the route muddy?  Who knows!

Certainly the route I ran was, though there are long sections of firmish, dryish footing.

And those shiny new trail shoes?  They’re not so shiny anymore.

Not-so-shiny new shoes

Not-so-shiny new shoes



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14 Responses to This post is dedicated to @UltraBoyRuns

  1. Eeek, I’m running it too. Trail shoes it is!

  2. Nice shoes! Nice mud!

  3. winsometahn says:

    Trail shoes are not supposed to be clean and shiny!

  4. shazruns says:

    But hey the sun shone it seems! Maybe try clicking your heels they might have mud avoiding powers

  5. plustenner says:

    I like those shoes!

  6. Trail shoes are happiest when they are muddy. It’s a scientific fact.

  7. blackandtabby says:

    Loving the new sites -and even more for the christening you gave them. I once got lost trying to run the route of a road 10k. I ended up, clutching a shredded little map, asking passersby if they knew where I was. And my shoes weren’t nearly as pretty as yours

  8. RubySneakers says:

    New (red!!) shoes – huge thumbs up here. 🙂

  9. Sarah says:

    Hee hee!! Love the before and after leg-and-shoe pics!! More mud, more fun, right? 🙂

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