Day 201 Mile 201: Chester. Today’s run finds me Chester, an ancient city which was founded as a Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix by Emperor Vespasian in 79 AD. One of the main army camps in Roman Britain, Deva later became a major civilian settlement. In 689, King Æthelred of Mercia founded the Minster Church of West Mercia, which later became Chester’s first cathedral, and the Saxons extended and strengthened the walls to protect the city against the Danes. As a result, roughly 400 years later Chester was one of the last cities in England to fall to the Normans; after which William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border.
It’s a great place full of astounding architecture, russet stone, black beams and the intrigue pertaining to nearly 2000 years of continuous habitation. The early evening soundscape washes over as a heady mix of road noise, muted Jazz trumpet and peeling cathedral bells in the glossing summer air. Nice!
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1631.4 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!