Wandering Thoughts Posts

I’d been looking forward to this run for a while as even though it’s ‘only’ a training run its one we did last year so the route was known and it runs through and around Newborough Forest as well as onto Llanddwyn Island, two of my favourite places on Anglesey. Unlike last year we elected to avoid the field where we encountered cows with calves so after after a little warmup to get onto the marked coastal path we headed southeast along the Menai Straights with me keeping an eye…

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This weekend was always going to be a bit hectic, a lot of things we wanted to do fell on the same dates so rather than cancel any we thought ‘what the hell’, lets do them all. Race: Tri Preston 141 On Saturday it was the first Tri Preston 141 of the year at the UCLAN Sports Arena in Preston, a mini series of four duathlons to generate interest in multi sport events held once a month. The format was to run a mile, cycle four then run a final…

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The training is going well and the weather has been generally kind to us with no extremes to speak of except a bit of wind (more on that later). We didn’t get to do any biking on my ‘rest’ week due to one thing or another although I did manage to get the almost compulsory parkrun in on the Saturday morning. The next long run started once more at White Coppice Cricket Ground but this time the weather was decidedly damp, the sort of weather where you’re not sure if…

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As you can probably gather from the title I’ve entered Trail Marathon Wales again this year which is held towards the end of June at Coed Y Brennin. Wendy is doing the half again and we’re staying overnight on the Friday and Saturday evenings so we can make the most of the weekend in Snowdonia. This past weekend was the first of my planned trail runs which will get gradually longer as the race draws nearer. Happily the weather was fantastic and the first official day of spring was perfect…

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I sometimes forget just how changeable the weather is here in Lancashire, this past couple of weeks has been a classic example, as I ended up on top of Healey Nab, Chorley, for two consecutive weekends. Mid February saw a group of us set off from sweatshop Chorley for a 10mile(ish) trail run which went over the Nab down the side of Anglezarke Reservoir, up to the Wellington Bomber Memorial then back North along the other side of the reservoirs to White Coppice then west back to the shop. Although…

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It doesn’t seem that long ago since I was moping about the house after pushing too hard and too far to try and reach 1000 miles and injuring myself but February landed and with it came the first race of the year, Maddog 2015, A Game of Bones, a fast, flat 10km race along the sea front at Southport. My specific 10k training up until a couple of weeks before had been non existent. I’d done our usual 5k parkruns on Saturdays at Cuerden Valley which satisfied the need for…

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I’d not entered any races since the Rivington Trail marathon at the end of October last year, not due to any specific planning, I’d just not entered any and then the call went up, the Maddogs are massing once more at the start of February, will you be ready? Time to enter the first race of 2015, the third time we’ll have joined the throng to run along (and back) the sea front at Southport. So, what to do for the next few months? The weather turned a little breezy,…

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I’d been looking forward to the Montane Trail 26 Rivington trail run for a while and with it being on my local stomping ground I’d run most of the route before, admittedly not all at once. My training had been going to plan until a few weeks ago, getting out of the car after a parkrun I felt a sharp pain in my heal, I panicked a bit but after seeing Heather at Summit Physiotherapy it was soon sorted with a bit of not so gentle poking at my calves.…

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After an early(ish) start for porridge and coffee we loaded the bikes into the car along with bags of gear and made our way to Coed-y-Brenin for another run round the magnificent Snowdonia national park. Driving through a few showers on the way we were pleased that Snowdonia was being kind to us as the weather cheered up a little as we parked the car at about 10am. Filling our water bottles in the visitor centre, we started our morning run along the Goldrush trail. The trail was a lot…

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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…

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