Manchester and Boston
Here are some recent runs, August-September 2023, in Manchester, UK and Boston, US. Please click on maps for the video.
August 7, 2023
This is a short run (5k) before swimming, at
the Moss Side Leisure Centre.
Another favourite local ‘loop’, from home,
along the Bridgewater Canal to Salford Quays, and returning via Castlefield.
A slightly longer run (10k) on the way to the pool, this
time through Rusholme, and through three parks, Birchfields,
Platts Field and Alexandra Park.
This is an enjoyable run, following the Rivel Irwell and
Bridgewater Canal, via the medieval Ordsall Hall,
Salford Quays, and home via several parks, Longford, Seymour, Hullard, and finally Hulme Park.slightly
longer run (10k) on the way to the pool, this time through Rusholme, and
through three parks, Birchfields, Platts Field and
One of my favourite runs in the Boston area. It is the
route I have run the most when I'm here, must have run this around 15 times
now. It follows the Minuteman Bikeway, passing Arlington Meadows and taking a
lap around Lexington Battle Green. This is not the whole run, which was nearly
12km, I stopped camera when returning past Arlington Meadows.
This also begins by following the Minuteman Bikeway, but in
the opposite direction, to Alewife, then Concord Avenue down to Cambridge
Common. I then cross through Harvard Yard and on to Oxford Street. From Porter
Square I take Mass. Ave all the way back up past Arlington Centre. (Camera battery
dropped out with around another 10 minutes of real-time running remaining).
This run starts on Mass Ave in Arlington, but then takes a
steep ascent on Quincy Street and runs to the top of the hill, with great
distant views of Boston, then down to Belmont centre. Running under the railway
track, I take a left on Concord Avenue all the way to Fresh Pond, cover some of
the paths there then pause camera. Starts again on Minuteman Bikeway and
includes beautiful Spy Pond.
This is a spectacular route, which I started running last
year. Starting in Arlington I take the Minuteman Bikeway to Alewife, then to Cambridge
Common, where I turn the camera on. (You can see this first part of the route above
on the August 23 run.) I then run through Harvard Square, onto Memorial Drive
and run along the Charles River to Mass Ave bridge when I cross. Running along
the beautiful Esplanade, I cross the Charles again via the Longfellow
Bridge, ending at the Kendal Red Line station.