near-thornhamToday I’ve run under wide blue skies in the sunshine, along the channel out to the sea at Wells, beside a pine forest and through the sand dunes above Holkham. I lost sight of the acorns marking the way and got completely lost, adding at least a mile to the run. Fortunately I met a birdwatcher who pointed me in the right direction and I stopped for tea and banana cake at a pub in Burnham Overy Staithe.

The next section was along sea defences, wide high ridges of earth that snake across the marshes, and into a headwind all the way. Fortunately it was two miles less than I’d calculated to the next town so I arrived at a cafe sooner than I expected.

I had Robert Frost’s poem in my head for the final part of the run, ‘Stopping by woods on a snowy evening’ and particularly the last lines ‘and I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep’. The next few miles were along narrow boardwalks and then the route turns inland for a while down muddy tracks before heading back towards the coast at Thornham.

I had intended to stay at Hunstanton this evening which is another six miles from here. But last week the B&B I’d booked rang to offer me a free upgrade to a suite above the Thornham Deli and I’m so glad I took it. I felt like I was chasing the sunset over those last few miles but I made it and have just had the most amazing hot bath. Time to put my muddy trail shoes back on and go to find something to eat.

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