|The Wrekin, from the Sheinton - Wenlock road|
I started with the latter, leaving the car at Sheinton and following the route up and across the Sheinton - Wenlock and Buildwas - Wenlock roads, then along the course of the old railway until a mile short of the finish, where the route joins the outbound leg to pass Wenlock Priory into town.
|View across the valley dropping into Farley - this will be about mile 98!|
|Halfway through mile 99 - Wenlock Priory|
|Set into the pavement about 200 yards from the finish - should we amend|
it to say "Wenlock Olympian Walk" just for that weekend?
From there it's a cruisy, fast (but muddy today) descent past the power station to drop onto the course of the old Severn Valley Railway, which is followed past the Iron Bridge. I cut back across the new bridge and road ran along the wharfage to the Museum of the River. You can follow trails along the river most of the way back to Buildwas then. I was feeling fairly comfortable and kept running easily (10 min / mile pace) right through to Buildwas, and then on the road to reach the edge of the woods on the Builwas estate where a steady climb (and the only place I ran fairly hard) leads back up the hill to Sheinton.
|River Severn at dusk|