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img_7109This is a challenge which I have set myself, the idea is very simple; to try to run 1 mile each day, everyday for 2017. I fully accept that some days may well be slow or ill and there will certainly be bad weather but it is also achievable. I’m going to try to blog and track it as much as possible, come along it should be fun🙂

In order to try to do some good along the way and to provide the incentive when times are tough, I have decided to do this for charity. If you feel like sponsoring me please do, and no worries if you don’t! If you do all the money will go to The Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

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*Total raised may not update in real-time.

***On a slightly serious note, some of the stuff I am doing (like running solo in the mountains, or along sandbanks at low tide etc.) is potential hazardous. If you feel inspired to go and do this stuff, brilliant, but please make sure you tell someone where and when you’re going, have the right kit and above all, knowledge.***

Day 178 Mile 178: ‘The Summer Time’s a Commin’

Day 178 Mile 178: ‘The Summer Time’s a Commin’. It seems that summer has finally arrived in the mountains; everything is sprouting and blooming, and while the weather is still humid it certainly seems to be bringing the often drab hills out in a riot of colours. I had a spare few minutes while on the way to the shops to buy ingredients for a very late breakfast and went for a run.

The heather is out, ushering in a palette which seems completely at odds with nature’s usual hues and the ferns are open, spreading their fractal architecture across the lower reaches of the landscape like a mat of green cobwebs. 

The sky is still a bit grey and close but seems to highten the focus on the new shapes and colours to be found under it. 

All in all, a bit special 🙂

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1824.3 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Today’s earworm seems utterly appropriate!

Day 177 Mile 177: Grand Prix Run

2017-06-26 11.08.31Day 177 Mile 177: Grand Prix Run. On this day 111 years ago the first official Grand Prix was run, and thus was the precursor to Formula 1 as we know it was born. The French Grand Prix originated from the Gordon Bennett races, established by American millionaire in 1900, and comprised of closed road racing of unregulated cars and covered 64.1 miles over the course of two days on mixed surface roads.

So in order to commemorate this I did 6 laps around the park (basically hill reps) to commemorate the 6 laps of the first day of racing.

1906_French_Grand_Prix_Szisz.jpgFerenc Szisz (Renault) the winner of the Grand Prix,
ahead of the Hotchkiss of Elliott Shepard

The original 1906 course ran in a closed loop from Le Mans to La Ferté-Bernard via Saint-Calais and in a pleasing piece of serendipity the route mirrors this triangle, albeit with a hill up the short side of the shape.

Although the run itself, being essentially hill reps, had the potential to be deeply unpleasant it was none the less improved by the surroundings. The triangle looped through parkland, along the side of an escarpment populated by vocal blackbirds, and slightly confused walkers. The dappled shade of the trees when thrown across the grass, was punctuated by the supernovae of dandelions standing stark in the variegated light against the backdrop of grass and daises.

The last loop felt very hard though, and sadly no 45,000 Franc prize at the end!

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1844.9 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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There really could only be one earworm for today, skip it to exactly 3 mins though though if you must! 🙂

Day 176 Mile 176: Barbed Wire Day

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Day 176 Mile 176: Barbed Wire Day. Loathe it or hate, it barbed wire is simply part of the furniture when it comes to running in the country side in the UK. On this day in 1867 American Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire because it was a lot easier than building a stone wall or growing a hedge to keep cattle in (or out of!) a field.

While I have several childhood, and adult memories of uncomfortable encounters with the stuff there is something oddly beautiful about the symmetry of its design; the DNA-double-helix, interspersed by regular asterisks of thorns which punctuate the thread at regular intervals, as it snakes its way from post to post.

It must be said though it is ******** uncomfortable though if you get on the wrong side of it.

So, here is to placating the spirit of Mr. Lucien B. Smith, may his invention trouble not our hands… or bottoms… or any other part of us for that matter!

 I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1703.7 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 175 Mile 175: A Mediaeval Form of Exercise

Day 175 Mile 175: A Mediaeval Form of Exercise. The historic town of Conwy boasts world heritage status on account of its impressive castle and town Wales. There is usually something going on and this weekend a friend of mine who happens to be the Town Jester  (yes that’s still a real job!) has organised a medieval tournament. 

Some days one just has to go with the flow. So I got to dress up silly, wander about the place, make music and chat to people and get paid for it. 

I had planned to do a run through the middle but it was just too crowded and transportation issues ment I had to get back home before I had a chance to run but suffice it to say ’twas done olde worlde style!

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1621.8 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 174 Mile 174: Testing Turing Run

20170623_072420-01Day 174 Mile 174: Testing Turing Run. Today is the anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, the renowned computer scientist, mathematician, and philosopher.

He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, and is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence. During the Second World War, he worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre where he and his team did work which has been estimated to have shortened the war in Europe by more than two years and saved over fourteen million lives.

He was persecuted for his homosexuality and tragically eventually took his own life (although conspiracy theories abound).

Alan_Turing_Aged_16His work forms the basis for much of our digital world and his posthumous pardon is a step towards equality within the British legal system, let alone his influence on the works of hundreds of sci-fi authors!

So, today’s run starts at the University School of Computer Science, and winds out through the town to the sea and finishes at Port Penrhyn. The computer science start point is obvious, the end point at the port less so, until you realise that this was until recently an export harbour for the slate quarries. In-spite of his treatment in life, his ostracization from the intelligence community, and his sad fate; there is now a 1.5 ton state in honour of Turing at Bletchley Park made by Stephen Kettle from half a million pieces of Welsh slate.

So there’s some trivia for the day!

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1630.0 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 173 Mile 173: Running Between Raindrops

Day 173 Mile 173: Running Between Raindrops. Today there is rain, for what feels like the first time in ages, and it feels great. For the majority of today’s run I have managed to time it to stay dry, and the lower temperature, extra breeze, and not to mention haircut make the whole enterprise far more tolerable. IMG_20170622_080612_242

Running along the top road it was beautiful to find a flower blooming out of a fence post. The upright itself was wreathed in barbed wire, rusting metal work and rain droplets, marking out the boundaries of the natural world and man’s squalid attempts taming it. On top was a wonderful little plant, in bloom against all the odds, and somehow it made me very happy!

The run back down the hill though mud and brambles did not though!

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1880.0 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 172 Mile 172: Solstice Sunrise

Day 172 Mile 172: Solstice Sunrise. Today is the longest day, where did the time go? In keeping with my tradition of the last few years I am attempting to the the sun rise and set today, which makes for a long day, but somehow resets the spiritual compass as well as providing a real sense of being on a planet.

Having been kept awake most of the night by the 16° heat and the crows outside the window (who were no doubt arguing about who is going to eat the few remaining very unripe strawberries growing in our garden) getting up was something of a relief.

Sadly there was a low bank of sea mist, which obscured the actual moment of sunrise, but made for a spectacular display as the rays danced over the top of this blanket, and crested against the atmosphere above.

Running along beside the sea, this reflected back down as amber across the water, with one female figure silhouetted black off the end of the slipway standing knee deep in the water facing east as the sun made its ascent.

As I got onto the hill to come home the sun finally broke through the clouds, already high in the brief time that myself and the figure in the sea had been watching.

And so the world turns, we stand at a hinge point, where day and night are one: sky, land and water meet; night gives way to the day, while the light is now in decline until its rebirth at midwinter. But, all spirituality aside, given the time of day and the cup of tea I had just had before leaving my main thoughts at the time were ‘come on boy, the quicker you can get up this hill, the quicker you can have a poo’!

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1651.0 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Many many thanks as ever for all the support!

Ed