Paul’s Blog – Posted 06/05/16

With me going AWOL again next week I’ll start with a quick reminder that Saturday 14th May is our next Quiz Night in aid of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation. As usual the sometimes quick witted & always laugh a minute Mike Lees will be our host for what will be another great way to spend a Saturday night, kids as always welcome. For full details just go to our events page, we hope you can join us to have a fun evening in aid of a very worthy cause.

Can it be almost two weeks ago that my training attention turned towards the West Highland Way, yes sadly as days continue to whistle past! In just 4 days time I’ll be on it & in 5 days I’ll hopefully be beginning the final descent into Fort William but that is something I’m not taking at all for granted.

Training mileage has been more or less as planned with me clocking up over 70 miles in the week to last Sunday albeit a bit faster than I’d ideally wanted due to the necessity of needing to keep warm in sleet showers & biting winds. The blip to training was two consecutive runs where sore ankles developed after the first 5 miles or so, don’t want that with 90 miles still to go next week!

Thankfully from a morale point of view (or some might say wishful thinking) a rest day on Monday followed by 3 short 5 milers over the last 3 days those pains have been absent. The lungs feel great, Dorina & Fraser are in place to support (Fraser’s taking a head torch to walk me to the finishing line if needed), the Gels bought, the ‘Gaby’s Goulash’ ordered, now come on ankles play your part & we’ll lay on a wheelchair (with pint holder option installed) for you afterwards.

The week after that sees our Eryri team visiting the Keswick Mountain Festival for a series of races in & around the beautiful Borrowdale. It is a great event with a variety of speakers at the Theatre by the Lake & much else besides going on. Any Eryri runners who fancy doing the 5K please contact me, we have a space & ‘Your club Needs You’.

With Spring having made a needed re-appearance it’s been just great the last couple of evenings running, jacket & hat free, new leaves bursting, birds chirping & even a ‘Dorina’ seen running with me last night through the joys of the Coed y Brenin, BUT, how could the National Park let anyone get away with the new Hydro Electric eyesore next to the stunning Waterfalls, mankind we need a bloody re-think, in the words of Kean (or words to that effect) ‘it’s not all about us!!!’

Hope your plans see you out & about in Snowdonia this weekend, remember to use the suncream, after all people have been seen in the Cafe wearing shorts!

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