Paul’s Blog – Posted 11/05/15

With Ady still away most of the weekend I was at the Cafe working believe it or not although on Saturday my mind was being distracted by Jim Mann’s Paddy attempt!

In the end Jim who had encountered rain & pea soup conditions throughout was to wisely abort on the 4th leg after some 13 hours or so only an hour down on his 17 hour schedule, some effort in those conditions. I was I confess a little relived not to be needed for the final leg, I’d been worried could I keep up especially now that it seemed much of the leg would have been in the dark.

No longer needed I set out for an evening run down to Tryfan & back under at last clearing skies only to pass Jim who had by now rendezvoud with Liz back at her car. For a man who’d run over 36 Mountains & covered more than 70K he looked in remarkably good shape, the next day he even recced Snowdon for the forthcoming Dragon’s Back in June!

Back to my planet, this coming week sees me heading off with Fraser to the Keswick Mountain Festival where I’ll be running in the 25K trail race around the stunning Borrowdale landscape. New course this year just hope the markings on the final run in are better than last year where you may recall we all got lost & ran an extra K or more. As well as the race there are a number of events so it’s well worth making a weekend of it. Other highlights for me will be a presentation by Joss Naylor & Steve Birkinshaw where they’ll be comparing their experiences in completing the 214 Wainwright’s in 7 days (yes just seven) as well as a presentation by Leo Holding.

Back in Snowdonia the following week I’ll have to decide on whether to run in the Moel Elio race or take a rest in readiness for a demanding June. With it being a Bank Holiday weekend & live music at the Cafe, the rest seems the logical option but when did logic….

Free entry on the to Open MIC Night, 23rd May so put the date in your diary if you can.

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