Almost a year ago we ran one of our longest trail runs, “The Newborough Forest 2011 Commonwealth Trail“, so after fueling with porridge we made our way (the whole 10 minutes) to the main car park to have another go at it.
Last year the heat was almost unbearable so we were relieved to see a few clouds when we arrived but these soon dispersed and I was relieved I’d put on some sunscreen.
The car park was fairly empty so we knew the forest would be peaceful and after posing for the obligatory photo at the start sign we headed west through the pines, along one of the many tracks towards Llanddwyn Island.
This is a great route with very varied terrain underfoot ranging from Tarmac road to leg sapping loose sand, especially the bit down the eastern edge which we somehow missed last year. We saw all kinds of wildlife and stuff on the way round. The highlights being a Bee Orchid in flower and a newly fledged Buzzard demanding loudly from a tree that it was feeding time.
We both thoroughly enjoyed it and it was amazing what a difference a year makes, the run although tough in places, felt comfortable compared to this time last year when we felt destroyed and could hardly move.
We tried the TORQ gels (we’d got some free ones from Trail Marathon Wales) again on this run and they seem to agree with both of us, which is great as they tasted so much better than the SiS ones we’d previously been using.
Arriving back at the car around midday as planed we demolished our turkey sandwiches as we had spotted the ice cream van that was going to supply our post run treat, a double scoop of Toffee Fudge (we’d visited the van last year and hoped it was here).
After showers and a bit of time doing nothing more strenuous than reading in the sun by mid afternoon we were both feeling a little stiff in the ankles so decided to go for a paddle at Aberffraw Beach which was almost deserted. It’s a little bit of a walk to get to the ‘proper’ beach but once there it is fantastic, miles of soft golden sand and cooling blue sea.
After a lovely walk along (and in) the edge of the sea our legs and feet felt much better so it was back to the cottage for a nice bottle of Rosé to finish the day.