Lily Dyu’s Run Across England
Following in Wainwright’s footsteps through the best of England’s trail- and fell-running country
Editor's Note: This is the third installment of a mini-series on trailrunnermag.com about women running multi-day adventures on the trails. See part I, a Q&A with Jo Meek, or part II, a Q&A with Christine Hägglund.
"Are you the girl running across England?" was a question I heard many times.
In cozy pubs, sipping a pint after the day's exertions, and at breakfast tables over heaped plates of "full English,” walkers recognized me as the woman who had jogged past them. It wasn't difficult to organize a multi-day run of the 190-mile route crossing the country, yet runners were a rarity, generating curiosity and amusement.
Over 10 days last summer I finally ran the classic pilgrimage route that I had long wished to add to my "trail running CV.” Carrying just a light pack, I used one of the many walking companies to move my bags, and to transfer me to the start and from the end, having left my car in charming Kirkby Stephen, roughly mid-way.