Wandering Thoughts Posts

When we received the email about a weekend trail running event hosted by Run. Coed y Brenin and featuring ultra runner Anna ‘Frosty’ Frost we quickly put our names down for tickets to the three events and arranged camping for the weekend. As it turned out it was brilliant… Arrival at Cae Gwyn Farm Campsite As it was the end of May we thought we’d dig out the tent as the weather should be OK for camping. We arrived just after lunch on the Friday to find the campsite at…

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After the successful long run on Anglesey and a great week of relaxing on our favourite island parkrun day came round or Saturday day as it’s more commonly called. We’d arranged to leave the cottage a bit later than normal giving us time to visit Penryhn parkrun which ran round (literally) Penrhyn Castle, just outside Bangor. With fantastic views of the magnificent castle and the sea, the undulating (parkrun speak for hilly) course was brilliant as were the team that ran the weekly event so we’ll definitely be back during our summer break. The…

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As we’re on a few emailing lists occasionally something comes through that is actually quite interesting. In this case Wendy received an email newsletter from Menai Cottages which mentioned some outdoor art installations they’d sponsored by Anthony Garratt called “Four on Anglesey” and as one of them was almost directly behind Cerrig-y-Barcud, the cottages we were staying at, we ventured up the track for a closer look. This first which I’m guessing would be classed as Southwest, “A view to Caernarfon Castle” was on a circular walk in the area…

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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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It seemed like an age since we last went fishing and looking back through the records we’ve not wet a line since Summer last year. That’ll teach us to take up new hobbies. I’d been looking forward to our first Anglesey break for a while as it always seems that the period between Christmas and the first May bank holiday is far, far too long. As is normal in the UK the weather forecast was a bit touch and go but we still packed nearly everything fishing related we owned…

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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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This month Spring has definitely arrived. The weather in Lancashire has been fantastic with just a few April showers to kick the month off. Along with our trail running training we’ve been getting out on the bikes and a couple of weekends ago we had a ride out to Parbold for lunch at a lovely little café called Yours Is The Earth, as it was early (ish) we were still in time for the breakfast menu from which Wendy had a Bacon and Poached Egg Bagel and I had a Scrambled…

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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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It’s mid March and spring is definitely in the air as the Snowdrops die back and make way for the bright yellow of the Daffodils which seem to cover every road side verge at this time of year. We managed to get out for a walk over Birkdale dunes which was great and it certainly blew away any lingering cobwebs left over from the Winter. It’s odd but when I lived in Southport I never thought to visit the dunes even though I could quite easily have walked there. The…

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