Much as runners love their regular running routes, it is also particularly refreshing and rewarding to discover new routes and run in new places and across new terrains.
Locally, running options have received a major boost with the opening of a new, off road cycle route between the Sports Pavilion at Warwick University Campus and Abbey Fields in Kenilworth.
The new route is the work of Coventry Godiva Harrier, Martyn Brunt and his colleagues at 'Sustrans', a leading UK charity which aims 'to make smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable, by enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport.'
The surface of the cycle route is perfect for walkers, runners and cyclists, falling gently downhill from the sports pavilion (see below)
across a new bridge over a small brook (below)
and through to the junction with Cryfield Grange Road (below).
Once across Cryfield Grange Road the path continues across the picturesque Warwickshire countryside until it meets up with Kenilworth Greenway. Turning left on the Greenway will take you towards Kenilworth and over the new A429 bridge and onward to Abbey Fields.
Should you decide to turn right when reaching the Greenway, the path provides a flat, traffic free route through to Berkswell.
So if you fancy trying a new, slightly quieter running route, why not head for Warwick University's sports fields and pick up the new path. Just one request from Martyn Brunt though: Please remember to wipe your feet when running across his new bridge! He's very proud of it (and so he should be).