Top 4 Places To Run In South Manchester

Fletcher Moss Gardens

A beautiful botanical garden and park with playing fields situated in East Didsbury. Great for more than just running  truly an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Manchester.

Possibilities: Endless. Fletcher Moss is an awesome place to do so many different training sessions. There is a flat cinder loop that is perfect if you want to run laps, or do intervals. There are also some hills that aren’t too steep, but long enough to hurt. Not only are there the paths within the park, the park also connects to the canal. The canal is pretty cool for those of you that like to run for miles without having to take a sharp turn or run in repetitive loops.

Obstacles: Due to this park also having a botanical garden and being in Didsbury, it does receive a big footfall. If you go at peak times expect dogs, children, families and joggers. I would recommend going quite early, or a bit later on during the weekend if you want a smooth run. In terms of puddles, on the cinder loop you may have to swerve one or two but your new shoes will be relatively safe on the loop. The canal and other connecting paths are prone to big puddles, so avoid wearing your best shoes…

Chorlton Waterpark

A green spot with no concrete in sight. If you’re really brave you can even dip a toe into the murky depths of the pond.

Possibilities: The waterpark is full of opportunity. There are a number of hills dotted around the park. The loop around the water is a great place to run. This loop is quite nice because it is undulating, so it challenges your body a little more than just running on the flat. If you venture further into the park you will reach the canal and on the other side of the canal you will find more running trails.

Obstacles: This park gets even busier than Fletcher Moss. Not only are there dogs, families and bikes; There are also running groups and bootcamps. Again, just play around with training times and find when works best for you. This park can get quite a few puddles, especially on the path and the canal.

Fallowfield bike path

A great little spot to run when trying to avoid cars and traffic lights.

Possibilities: Initially limited, because the path is just a straight line, but if you use your imagination you can create so many different sessions. The path is slightly undulating, especially closer to the Fallowfield side. I prefer the path for a quick run, it is nothing special, just a relatively safe place to run away from the roads.

Obstacles: The bike gates can be annoying if people are going through them at the same time as you. There are a lot of cyclists if you run during rush hour, this isn’t really a problem and it’s quite nice to run where there are other people.

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Hough End Playing Fields

A big grassy field for when you’re feet are sick of the concrete.

Posibilities: You can create various loops for intervals etc. and/or steady runs. I wouldn’t travel from afar to run here. There is a leisure centre with a gym and pool, there is also a little fitness station, which may be useful for circuits.

Obstacles: During football and rugby season, the fields can be filled with people on Sunday mornings. Other than that you may see a few dog walkers and horses, but they have never been a problem. The grass can also be very bumpy, especially during the off season for football, as they don’t cut grass often. The only real issue with this field is that it can become incredibly waterlogged.

5 Reasons to visit Salento.

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I only heard about Puglia after scrolling through websites to find the cheapest flight to somewhere with sunshine.  Puglia is what we’d describe as the heel of the boot which is Italy.  Salento is the Southern part of that region.  The strange thing that I’ve found is that barely any of my UK friends have heard of Puglia, let alone Salento.  Now that Ryanair fly there, I think that things may change.

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Here are 5 reasons we should, or perhaps should not, be telling our friends about this hidden gem.

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The Beaches

The water is perfect, cool enough to refresh you from the constant heat, clear enough to see the white sand beneath and silky enough to feel like you’re entering into a dreamworld.  There is every type of beach you could ever want; grottos with turquoise waters; White sandy beaches that stretch on for an eternity with crystal clear water; rocky areas to scuba dive; Rocks and Piers to jump into the deep blue sea for a thrill. For all the geography nerds out there, if you visit Leuca the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet and at certain times it has been known to be able to distinguish between the two.

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The People.

In the vast majority of the areas we visited within Salento, the locals weren’t accustomed to meeting many english speaking tourists.  Most of visitors that we came across were Italians from the bigger cities. Due to there being so few foreigners most of the locals could not really speak English. Despite this, we never had a problem. People would always have time to stop and help you or just smile at you and continue to have a friendly sounding Italian conversation with you.

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The Places

If you have a car, it is possible to do a mini road trip of the region.  Salento is stunning. Filled with little stereotypical rustic little towns.  You’ll always find a church in the heart of the town. vintage fiat 500s and various other vintage Italian cars are driven around. My favourote vehicle to see on the road was the 3 wheeler piaggio’s driven by all of the farmers.  Drive anywhere and you’ll find something interesting – an old castle, a religious festival, a cute coffee bar – The simple things were usually the most beautiful.

 

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The Food

You can expect all of the fruit and veg to be fresh, ripe and tasty.  All of the restaurants will be using goods that are in season and produced locally.  Pasta shells, made in the nearby village and fish caught on the same day – Delicious!

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The Tranquility

Because there are very few foreign tourists, Salento wasn’t overcrowded.  There are certain beaches and areas that are in high demand, especially in August.  But most places are sleepy and traditional.  Siestas are very much a factor to take into consideration.  This being said, there are plenty of bars, beach parties and festivals to keep you entertained. Whilst we were visiting, the light festival of Santa Domenica took place.  Huge structures dotted with lights were erected to create an awesome light show accompanied by music. We had no idea what was really going on, but it was so cool.

#AllLivesMatter

Normally I keep my mouth shut when things go viral. Not because I don’t care, but because I don’t like to speak without knowing all of the facts. 

Once again #BlackLivesMatter is doing the rounds again. This is a disgusting thing to have to find trending so often. 

People don’t deserve to be treated this way.

Hearing these stories makes me realise how important the way we treat and inspire others is. 

I am proud to be part of DMSF that shows all of our young people that they can be whatever they want to be. No matter where they live, what colour their skin is or how much money they currently have.
Opportunity, purpose and big dreams is the only way young minorities are going to break the stereotypes. 

I’m not just talking about black people. I’m talking about anyone that has ever been stereotyped, labelled and misunderstood. That’s all of us then isn’t it.

Thank you DMSF for giving me the opportunity to create more opportunities.