After a typically long Wednesday at work I headed home, got changed, and was quickly out the door again. I was planning on getting in a quick run before meeting up with the Lyon Running Club for their regular Wednesday Night Run and, with impeccable timing, I made it work.

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I took off up the hill and then enjoyed the s-bends as I descended back down to the Saone at the base of the Croix Rousse. I chose an easy path along the river down to Perrache, then back to Bellecour before a final loop over a couple of bridges to bring up the 10km and finish at the Place de Celestins.

I didn’t have to wait too long for the Lyon Running Club group to come together before heading out for part two of the night’s running menu.

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As a group we headed off down the river in the direction of the Isle Barbe. The pace was well under what I had maintained on my 10km warm up run, and it was nice to jog with others down to the island in the Saone. The path on the way down was a bit treacherous in parts – the cobblestones in the old city plus the uneven and unlit path between Vaise and the Isle Barbe aggravated my ankles a little – but the run back on the berges was great. I know the route well having run it a few times before on my own, and it was nice to pass an hour or so with others.

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After returning to the Place de Celestins it was time to say goodbye, politely refuse the post-run drink, and head home for a shower, dinner, and bed. The final couple of kilometres home passed very quickly and I was soon warm again.

Distance: 24.3km

Elevation: 212m

Time: 1:57:40

Strava, Strava, and more Strava

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