Welcome back CC - hope it all comes together for you. I note that modesty prevented you telling the full story of the Town Moor.
Lorenzo - nice C2C ultra entry, excellent winter workout, although it was near blizzard conditions just before the start last time I did it. The navigation as you will recall can be a bit tricky for the first half, so a good tactic is to work in a group (esp. if someone has handheld GPS) until the canal looms, then shoot off ahead and put a cushion between you and the pack. It's a long slog along that canal and if you hit the towpath in good shape a strong finish will follow.
Too busy to run much due to family duties but sneaked out for a cold windy 20m bike on the North Downs this afo.
NO to Derwentwater - 00 can smack down against the virtual training partner on his watch.
That race in Newcastle is the Town Moor mara, organised by my 2nd claim club the North East Marathon Club. It's always windy and laps are not everyone's cup of tea, but it is a decent off road workout and a friendly grassroots event. An antidote to overpriced and overhyped events of which the NE has a few! I have done it 3 times and may be back (although I don't think I can face being smacked down by OO AGAIN)
Lorenzo - nice canal run. Interesting urban/post industrial scenery. You should have carried on to Leeds though.
PMJ that was me, but one of the corgis had had an "accident" in the carriage so I was distracted. Those tights look like good winter training kit.
Nice session Leslie
GD - nice drinking, try to build a weekly session into the training plan. The Holiday Inn is fine, but there are a lot of issues about how anyone can build a huge brownfield redevelopment in a place with such inadequate transport links. I used to work in that big block by the waterfront opposite the Lowry - don't miss it one little bit. OTOH I occasionally used to run 20m back to Derbyshire along the canals starting at 0100, which was a really odd adventure, and a bit scary at times.
New event invented today - road bike to sister's house, swapped to bro in law's MTB for some slightly gnarlier stuff, then back on the roadie. Need a name for this - bike-athlon? Mount-a-roadathon? Bike-tastic-athon? Loving the road bike, like being a teenager again, although slower, less reckless, and more expensive
Lorenzo - don't worry about Gul, he's volunteered for the Spring Shakespeare
As for Manc, I have never been further west than Old Trafford on the canals. The canal route from Manc to OT is very urban but OK-ish. Going east, there's an intriguing section beneath the city centre which comes out near Piccadilly and heads east to Ancoats, Tameside and then Saddleworth direction. Very runnable. I'd head east I think. If you can't find the canal (cos it's underground), you can pick it just north of Piccadilly station.
Leslie, PMJ - nice speeds
I walked down The Mall today. Very evocative even after so many years of VLM. Can't wait.