“You reckon we could run from Manchester to Sheffield over a couple of days?”, asked Luke. When faced with these kinds of questions, you should always, always say yes. Small problems like practicalities, fitness, calendars are much easier to overcome than an answer of “no”.
Two week later, we were joined by mutual friend Tom R in Manchester city centre, with the goal of reaching Castleton and our buddy Stef in time for a pint. He would join us on our second day as we reversed our urban/rural transition into Sheffield. Four mates going for a bit of jog will never change the world, but it did change our world for two days.
Memories are not runs. They don’t start at the beginning and finish at the end. For that reason, this isn’t an A-to-B account. It isn’t a guidebook or a how-to*. The moments we experienced were unique to those two days. Never to be repeated. That’s what makes saying yes so important, though. It isn’t just an affirmative to the experience, it’s an openness to new memories.
*Ed - it's not, but it is a thing and we're calling it the Peakander, watch this space.