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September 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Run | Leave a comment
A high place

Sourton Tor

Well I had a bit of a poor run at Ivybridge Beacon on Sunday, between not trying hard enough (not enough racing this year meant that my head wasn’t in the right place), and twisting my ankle a bit much on the final rocky descent.

So, I wasn’t expecting much from my little plod around Meldon.  I was going there anyway for a work thing in the afternoon (doing a presentation predicting a foolish future), so despite having tired legs I thought I would have a quick absence running up and down hills in the morning.

And it was the most marvellous bright-warm-cold day, as summer clings on towards autumn, with warmth in the sun that was trying hard, and a stern look of coldness in the shade.

There were buzzy things in the gorse (in blossom) and bracken as I took the path above the reservoir, and then sheep as I tried and failed to find a new way across the stream. Then, as I climbed towards Sourton Tor there were surprisingly young-looking ponies sleeping almost dead-like in the sun until nudged into stumbling to their unexpected feet by the shamble of my own less-than-agile progress.

Sourton Tor is a fine place. You can see all the kingdoms in the world from it. Not to mention the ice factory (now that’s cool).

Balanced on the edge of the moor, looking north you can almost see Wales and whales, if Exmoor didn’t bustle into the picture. Beneath you is a trace of the A30, and you can see people rushing back from Penzance on a Monday evening, late for sea-swimming, and rushing to Bude on a Saturday morning.

Looking south you can see Branscombe’s Loaf, and the beginnings of wilderness.

And if you’re there on a Wednesday morning, standing on the highest rocks in the wind when you should be at work, with a shadow tall as anything, and in an hour or so you’ll have muddy legs under work trousers, as you talk about what comes next and beyond, then you may just feel that the future turns out to be ok on a small and human-shaped scale.

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