Paul’s Blog – Posted 13/06/17

A lot of things to cover & not much time on my hands so this is not going to include anything about how the Welsh 1,000’s went or the Keswick Trail race last weekend except: I’m still in one piece & on course to complete this murderous June which I’ve given myself, so onto more important matters:-

Reach Out for Nepal Day is fast approaching, great bit of latest news on the Nepal page of our web-site all I can say is thanks to both Doug Scott & Denise Prior for being so welcoming last Thursday.

On this same subject, are you a runner with nothing to do on the night of Friday 23rd June & most of Saturday 24th? If so why not come along & enjoy being part of the Eryri relay team attempting 17 ascents of Moel Siabod in 24 hours, it should be great fun with all proceeds of course going to the Melamchi school. If you are interested simply request more details by e-mailing me at

This weekend sees some great races here in Snowdonia, I’ll start with Math Roberts’ Pedol Cwm Pennant, a race that I have marshalled on twice but never had the guts to take part in. It’s becoming a classic already so good luck to Math, all of his team & of course all of the runners taking part.

Good luck also to Matt Ward, his team & again all of the competitors who are taking part in this Saturday’s Half Marathon & Marathon in the Coed y Brenin, if one of these is not enough for you then there is also a shorter warm up run on Friday evening to get you in the mood. Full details available on the Run Wales & Coed y Brenin web sites. I’ll be in the Marathon, will walk to the start from home with my good friend Ali who’s in the Half. If you are in the Marathon & see me breaking too much of a sweat feel free to remind me that I promised myself to only use it as a jogging training run for the weekend that follows, a polite ‘slow down you bloody idiot’, could actually be just what the doctor ordered, I almost promise to listen.

The Moel Siabod Fell Race & Capel Curig Festival are also fast approaching so be you a runner or someone who wants to attend the show please put the date of 1st July in your diaries now, the weather will shine as it always does. My thoughts & sympathies go to all those who put so much hard work into the Keswick Mountain Festival only to have the last day simply blown away, please do not be deterred, Fraser, I & many, many more had a great time despite the weather.

On the way back from Keswick yesterday I stopped in at Adventure Peaks store in Ambleside as well as Cotswold Outdoor in Betws, ‘what’, I hear you say, ‘now he’s even talking about his bloody shopping habits!’ I mention this as simply a prelude to July when, having hopefully got through June un-scathed, Pik Lenin looms firmly in front of me, for now all I can say is thanks to the guys & one gal in these two great stores, you have taken my kit panic attacks away for now at least. More on this come July.

Finally well done to a little cornish woman who completed her first Ultra last weekend in her native Cornwall finishing 2nd F. O.50, GREAT PERFORMANCE Sandra.

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