Tag: Anglesey

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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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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So it’s just under a month until my first marathon, “Trail Marathon Wales” at Coed-y-Brenin, Snowdonia and I’m starting to get excited and admittedly a little anxious as well. Will my training have been OK? Have my previous injuries fully healed? Have I planned and practiced my fuelling strategy well enough? These and a thousand other questions will no doubt enter and leave my head in the coming month but as each one has surfaced, so far I can confidently say, Yes. I am as ready as I want to…

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It’s not often that we get a ‘summer like it used to be’ but this year seems to have renewed my faith in the good old British Summer. We’ve just been to Anglesey for a couple of weeks and it’s been a scorcher. Temperatures over 30°C and glorious blue skies. It’s been a bit thundery since we got back with the odd torrential downpour, but skin is waterproof so it didn’t stop us running although it won’t surprise me if I hear people complaining after the summer break that we…

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After visiting Newborough, Anglesey, a couple of months ago we’d been hoping our fitness ‘played ball’ for our summer visit to the island and, as we arrived once more at the main car park for Newborough Beach we couldn’t help but feel a little excited. This was to be one of our challenges of the holiday, 1 lap (approx. 11k) of the 2011 Commonwealth and Mountain Running Championship Trail Run (the official run was 5 laps). You can click on the image to the left which is the sign near…

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It’s been a while since I rambled on about anything on here as I’m fairly sure everyone else in the country is as bored of the crappy weather as I am and let’s face it, the BBC and TV in general can do much better coverage than I can but… I’m British damn it and I will not let a little bit of weather stop me. I will go running, fishing, have a BBQ or whatever even if I get hypothermia while doing it, Mother Nature be damned! So, quick…

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Sometimes it’s worth while just looking a bit more closely at the things you are about to stand on. Walking round Newborough Forest on Anglesey we came across all sorts of fungi, we’ve no idea what any of it was so didn’t pick any and just took a few snaps where we could. There were a lot of rotting tree stumps, mostly old pines, with a variety of lichens, mosses and fungi feeding on the slowly decaying wood. This one looks almost like a tiny version of a ‘lost world’…

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