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As the name suggests this is an out and back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route will start and finish at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst this flat route is not particularly technical its a great opportunity to improve your own PB.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is 127.25 miles in length, stretching between the busy cities of Leeds and Liverpool. It is in fact the longest canal in the north of England and passing through 91 locks. The construction began in 1770 and was completed in 1816. For those who are interested the engineers were John Longbottom, James Brindley and Robert Whitworth.

Foulridge tunnel which is part of the Leeds and Liverpool canal has some interesting folklore surrounding it. The story goes that a cow fell into the water at one end of the tunnel, the cow then swam the whole length of the tunnel, (1 mile) before being pulled out at the other end and thankfully being revived with Brandy.

So dont get any ideas, no brandy will be available to revive any desperate runners.

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Canter

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB

Temple Newsam is a Tudor Jacobean house in Leeds, West Yorkshire with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown.
Temple Newsam is in the Doomsday book and was given to the Knights Temple in 1154. Lord Darnley the ill-fated husband of Mary Queen of Scots was born here. Temple Newsam has a chequered history and makes an interesting read.

The house and estate are now owned by Leeds City Council and it isopen to the public and well worth a visit.

Temple Newsam is believed to have many hauntings and ghosts. Mary Ingram was 14 years old when she fell victim to a highwayman who tore her Grandmothers necklace from her throat. She was returned to the house sobbing and in a state of collapse. The shock of the assault caused Mary to lose her memory; though she knew she had lost something important to her, she continued to search for something. She died 2 weeks later and to this day she is seen searching for the necklace. Mary is known to many as the blue lady.

Another tragedy to occur at Temple Newsam was on a hot sultry night in 1704. The inhabitants were celebrating Britains victory at the Battle of Blenheim, one of the servants William Collinson was known to be a vulgar and lowly man. William had had too much to drink and fancied his chances with the servant girl Phoebe Gray. William waited on the back stairs of the great house and pounced on Phoebe has she was passing. Phoebe screamed and struggled but not knowing his own strength, William felt her, simply go limp in his arms. William was hanged for her murder, but even to this day staff within the house can still hear Phoebes screams for help and the sound of bumping as if someone is being dragged down the stairs.

The Daffodil Dash

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB

Over 90 years ago, I was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, to a working-class family. Poverty was as natural to us as great wealth and power were to the aristocracy of that age. Like his father and grandfather before him, my dad, Albert, eked out a meagre existence as a miner, working hundreds of feet below the surface, smashing the rock face with a pickaxe, searching for coal how times have changed

Rabbit Ings is a country park located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine, which closed in 1989. The 64-hectare site, situated near Royston in South Yorkshire, is home to an array of wildlife including newts, snakes and herons.,

Old Colliery Canter

Shafton, South Yorkshire, GB

Gargrave is a beautiful village nestling in the Yorkshire Dales about 4 miles from the lovely market town of Skipton. It boasts, among many things, a fish and chip shop, a couple of very nice cafes, a couple of even nicer pubs, lots of accommodation and a Co-Op, oh and a Premier Inn for anyone wishing to stay.
Gargrave straddles the River Aire, and it has the Leeds and Liverpool Canal running through it. Gargrave is a popular tourist destination and is known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. It is also part of the Pennine Way.
The course is an out and back course, firstly going towards Skipton and then back to Gargrave and out towards the Dales and back (dependant on your distance). Underfoot is made up of some towpath but it is mainly grass and it is traily but very picturesque.

Glorious Gargrave – Leeds Liverpool Canal

Gargrave, North Yorkshire, GB

Roche Abbey is definitely a hidden gem, its not very well known, and nevertheless its very beautiful. Roche Abbey is nestled away in South Yorkshire near the picturesque village of Maltby. The races will start and finish within the grounds of the glorious Roche Abbey and will encompass trail and track running through Lord Scarboroughs land, which originally formed part of Sherwood Forest.

Roche Abbey was founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks; it was once home to 50 monks and 20 lay brothers. It is beautifully set in a valley landscaped by Capability Brown. The ruins of Roche Abbey are now the centre piece of the beautifully designed landscape.

Apparently Roche Abbey is a paranormal hotspot with lots of scary activity. The Abbey house which is only 240 years old, which now houses the Abbey shop as many tales surrounding it. One tale is of a Lady in Grey who can be seen looking out of the upstairs window where the sound of a wailing child can also be heard. Towards the end of the Abbey there lies a small stone coffin and it is said if one stares at it long enough, a face will appear.. Yikes!
So come running with us for miles with smiles and enjoy the hidden away treasures in this lesser known part of the world.

Roche Abbey Trail Running Festival

Maltby, South Yorkshire, GB

With the old English name of Elmeslac, Helmsley predates the Domesday Book. It was first settled in around 3,000 BC and small farming communities lived in the town throughout the Neolithic period, Bronze and Iron Ages and into Roman times. The lands around Helmsley were held by William the Conquerors brother. You can still visit the ruins of the Norman castle, and see ancient oak trees in Duncombe Park dating from this time.

The oldest surviving house in Helmsley is the medieval Canons Garth, the vicarage. The Norman castle, dating back over 900 years, evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin. It is open all year round for visitors to enjoy, under the care of English Heritage. The Walled Gardens also enjoy a historic past, tracing their roots back to 1759.

Duncombe Park Running Festival- Helmsley

York, GB

Cannon Hall is a stunning Georgian country house museum set in 70 acres of beautiful grounds. The idyllic village of Cawthorne is close by and the two are surrounded by ample fields and trails that provide the perfect setting for an evening race.

Cannon Hall was originally owned by Gilbert Canun, sold on in later years to John Spencer, despite significant investments the hall was found almost empty when it was sold to the corporation in 1951, it is to their credit that a passion to reignite the interest and passion for this beautiful historic building has resulted in it been a place by many visitors and families.

Cannon Hall Dash

Cawthorne, South Yorkshire, GB

The first mention of Bramley comes in the Domesday Book compiled for William the Conqueror in 1086. The Bram part of the name occurs in several other Yorkshire village names such as Bramhope and Bramham.

In Old English (the language of the Anglo-Saxons) it signifies the broom plant. Ley means a clearing. It would seem therefore that Bramley started out life as 'a clearing covered with broom'.

In recent years the town has been referred to as the village that disappeared, the demolition of many historic buildings left many of the local residents unhappy, with a feeling of disappointment that the true character of the town had been lost for ever.

Despite the change in the buildings and appearance of the town what has remained is the true gritty character of genuine Yorkshire folk and the friendly feeling.

Bramley 10k 2018

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB

Two days of races on the trails around Kirkstall Abbey. Whether you take on the challenge of the 31 mile ultra, or opt for the marathon or half marathon, or a combination, the choice is yours. You can run on Friday or Saturday, or both. Three undulating multi-terrain lapped races consisting almost entirely of trails, with short road sections.

Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival 2018

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB

The Leeds and Liverpool Christmas Cracker will be a jolly good merriment of festive fun. There will be tables laden (scrooge style) with mulled wine, chocolate baubles and Christmas cake, Yum, Yum and there may be even a plum pudding and bauble designed medal at the end.

Interestingly A Christmas Carol the famous Scrooge story penned by Charles dickens was believed to be inspired by Dickens stay in the Yorkshire town of Malton. Back in the early 19th century a building in Chancery Lane, Malton housed the Smithson families, law practice. As part of his training Charles Smithson spent his time in London and met and formed a relationship with Charles Dickens. Dickens spent a lot of time with the Smithson family in Malton. and it is believed that he modelled Scrooges counting house on the Chancery Lane premises.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal Christmas Cracker 2018

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB