This is a picture of the footpath through the Bradford Urban Garden, a temporary green space in the centre of Bradford. There seems to be a problem with drainage of surface water. The real mirror pool is still under construction at the other side of the town centre.
This was the first time I had been to this annual event, over three hundred runners in a seven mile race over Otley Chevin, starting and finishing in Guiseley. The day was very cold and it was very slippery underfoot, but both runners and spectators seemed to have a great time.
This footpath runs alongside the river Aire, it passes through a small nature reserve on its way to Shipley, a small market town which lies two or three miles north of Bradford. Despite much local opposition, an area of land to the right of this footpath has been designated for commercial use and will be built on at some time in the future.
Otley is a small market town that lies about eight miles North of Bradford. This weekend was the 25th Otley Victorian Fair. The mormally traffic congested town centre becomes a pedestrian only area with market stalls, fairground rides, morris dancers and other street entertainment.
I could hear this Salvation Army Band as I walked across the bottom of Darley St. (Bradfords main shopping area) and went to investigate. The band were playing Christmas carols, I made a small donation before continuing on my way.
This is the snow coverd Bradford Urban Garden. This brightly coloured mural has recently been added to this temporary arts space. At the other side of this mural lies a great crater containing the foundations of a large retail development which has been 'on hold' for several years.
These runners were taking part in an event which passed through woodland and along this section of the Leeds/Liverpool canal. The slippery conditions didn't seeem to bother these runners, is there a special ingredient in the soles of running shoes?
When I went through the pictures at home, I noticed this chap who seems to be suffering from cold hands.