Week 6 – Let’s Go To The Winchester…

The title is part of a quote from a movie from 2004. I’d see if anyone could guess but in the age of Google the trivia answers are just a click away.

Anyway, last week we had a pretty large group, I’d guess around 30, head out to Breakheart. The sun made for a hot run, but the shade in Breakheart almost was relief enough to make you forget you were climbing hills. If you liked those hills (and even if you didn’t) we have more hills this week. Yay!?

This week let’s go to the Winchester Highlands for a long run! Again, if you’re running short you may choose to run the middle part of the run. If at least one person does that it would be great because I need a car to stay at Eugene Street for a water stop. Anyone?

The route starts at Brueggers and heads up Main Street in Melrose to Franklin Street out to Stoneham. If you ran the Horn Pond Route a few weeks ago you’ll recognize you’re running the end of that route in reverse. Pass Stoneham High School and Dunkin Donuts and continue up to a set of lights. Take a left there on Summer Street which will bring you out to Main St in Stoneham. Cross the street onto Marble Street, which will take you over I-93 to Forest Street in winchester. On your left will be Water Stop 1 on Eugene.

If you’re running the short route turn it around and continue to reverse the route from two weeks ago. Turn right on Park Street, follow that past Friendly’s, past the Stone Zoo and over to Park Street where you’ll go right down past Grimsby’s. Continue straight on West Wyoming until you back to Main Street in Melrose. A right there will bring you back to Brueggers for just over 8 miles.

If you’re running the long route leave the water stop and ride a down hill on Forest Street to Highland Ave. Turn left there, where you see the blue sign with the big white H pointing you to Winchester Hospital. As you pass the hospital look for Reservoir Rd on your left. Take the left and run up by the Fells. This is my favorite street of all the SLR routes. Enjoy the view of the reservoir, the woods along the left side, the big houses on your right side, the fancy lampposts lining the street… and ignore the big hill. Reservoir Rd will loop you back to Highland, go left on Highland and keep on chugging through the hills of the Winchester Highlands. Note you’ll hit a 5 way intersection along the way, go straight through (not a left, or either of the two rights, straight!). ¬†At the end of Highland Ave you’ll find Water Stop 2.

After the water stop go right onto Main Street (RT 38) in Winchester. Get to a rotary and don’t take your first right off the rotary onto a tiny street, take your second right off the rotary onto a big street which is still Main Street (RT 38). This will take you to another 5 way intersection. You’re going to go onto Washington Street here, its not a right turn, its not the two left turns, its a bear right. Washington will take you to the Gingerbread Construction Company where you’ll turn right onto Forest Street. Climb up the big hill and you’ll find the water stop at Eugene for Water Stop 3.

After this stop you’ll go back over I-93, right on Park over to Friendly’s. From there you’ll turn right and follow the back side of Spot Pond on Main Street in Stoneham (RT 28). Follow the pond loop by taking a left on Elm and a left at the rotary onto Woodland Street. Follow that back to a right on Pond Street to bring you past Grimsby’s onto West Wyoming and into Melrose. Take a left on Main Street and head back to Brueggers!

Again, I’ll do the water stops but I need a car at Eugene. Either someone running a modified route or someone who’ll park there and I’ll come pick you up before the run to get you to the start. Any volunteers? I can’t do all of this on my own.

Ok. Who’s in? I know you’re all out there, post so I know how much Gatorade and water I need. ROLL CALL!

22 Responses to “Week 6 – Let’s Go To The Winchester…”

  1. Diana Mirabello says:

    I’m in for the half and possibly a bit more

  2. Paul Locke says:

    Duncan and I are in for the half. If you need a car left at the first water stop, we could do our run in the middle portion.

  3. Nicole Jacob says:

    So this will bet first go with your club… I will do the 13

  4. Don Keren says:

    In for the full

  5. Jo-Ann DeSimone says:

    Donna and I will be doing half.

  6. Paul Locke says:

    Cameron’s joining us for the middle half, so that’s 3 Lockes IFTH.

    We’ll meet you at Eugene and you can transfer water supplies there?

  7. Maryanne Martin says:

    Jim, I will not be running tomorrow but am happy to assist with water where needed. Would you like for me to park at Eugene?

  8. Chris Hancock says:

    In for the long with a couple guests.

  9. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the full (or just a few miles shy).

  10. Ashley DeAcetis says:

    In for the full Jim!!

  11. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for 12miles! Thanks Jim!

  12. Audrey H says:

    In for the half or a little more! Thanks Jim!

  13. Maggie Browder says:

    This will be my first run with the group and I am in for the 13. Thank you!

  14. Jessi Marquardt says:

    In for the full!!! I can’t wait for these hills!!!

  15. andy nagelin says:


  16. Jim says:

    Ok, sounds like I have some options for the water stops. Maryanne and I will actively man the stops. We’ll use the Locke’s car if needed (I may try to sneak in a run myself). So we’ll all meet at water stop 1. Maryanne can move along to water stop 2. I may run a little loop and return to water stop 3. Then I’ll move some stuff to the hockey rink at Spot Pond for a bonus stop. Maryanne can move back to water stop 3 and after everyone moves through bring the rest of the supplies over to me at the rink.

    Sounds like a plan.

  17. Jessica Crispin says:

    In for the short run. Thanks

  18. Maryanne Martin says:

    Sounds good, Jim!

  19. Donny Cranley says:

    am trying my best to be there for the half. Thanks

  20. Matt Kerton says:

    in for the full.

  21. Stacia says:

    Short, thanks

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