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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 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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Ed

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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Day 171 Mile 171: A Giant’s Castle, Wolves, Bats and a Sword Under the Stone

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Day 171 Mile 171: A Giant’s Castle, Wolves, Bats and a Sword Under the Stone
Every so often it pays of to be a tourist in somewhere you think you now well. This morning I picked up leaflet suggesting walks around an area I have worked in for years and, as usual, discovered somewhere astounding I previously had no knowledge of what so ever.

20170620_143520Little is known by anyone about the origins of Castell Cawr (Giant’s Castle). Standing on the summit of Coed y Gopa overlooking the town of Abergele, the area today is largely overgrown.
It would once have been a small but well-defended hillfort. It is built on a natural limestone outcrop with sheer cliffs to the north-east and substantial earth ramparts to the west and south. Even today, some of these rise up to about 30ft. A timber rampart on top of the earth bank would have made the defences at this hill fort formidable commanding extensive views over the lower Clwyd Valley.

Surrounding the fort are the probable remains of at least eight roundhouses and a huge ditch known as , Ffos-y-bleiddiaid, or the Ditch of the Wolves, which while currently not home to any wolves these days is home to a large colony of lesser horseshoe bats.

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In driving a level into the mountain, some years ago, the miners discovered that the Romans had been deep in the bowels of the earth before them. They had followed the vein, where it was large enough to admit of a small man, and where it opened out into a larger chamber, they had cleared it quite away. When the vein became too small to admit a man, they were obliged to relinquish the ore. Some curious hammers and tools, but almost decayed into dust, were found in these chambers; also the golden hilt of a Roman sword.

‘Notes of Family Excursions in North Wales’; J. O. Halliwell, 1860.

It’s like discovering a fairy-tale world on your doorstep!

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: 2126.2 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 170 Mile 170: Tea by the Sea


Day 170 Mile 170: Tea by the Sea. The weather remains stunning, so it seemed a good idea to get today’s mile run before breakfast, and before it got too hot.

The high pressure has built up which makes everywhere oddly quiet apart from the occasional onslaught of the sound of a passing vehicle. In-spite of the apparent silence there is a lot of activity out there with blackbirds bouncing around in the hedges. Out to sea there are a few cormorants fishing on the turn of the high tide, floating like charred driftwood on the mirror-glass of the sea, only to disappear under the surface in a spreading ellipse before reappearing a minute or so later several feet along the swash. The impression all of this silent activity gives is of nature getting its work done before the heat of the day begins.

The coastline seems invigorated with bright sunlight, but with a slight haze rising from the sea so that apart from in the shade where the hues seem vibrant: the world in the sun remains saturated with colour but washed out, almost as if it has been made from cut outs from a low budget printer.

Its a lovely little run, if rather warm, not helped by the fact that all of my shorts are currently in the wash. It also makes for a wonderful opportunity to legitimately sit down for a morning cuppa outside afterwards and take in the view 🙂

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: 1614.6 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 169 Mile 169: Scorching Hot Father’s Day Run

Day 169 Mile 169: Scorching Hot Father’s Day Run. Due to it being Father’s Day today I can only be brief. The title says it all really, a quick jaunt out onto the mountain at the end of the village and back. Loads of love to my Dad Bryan and my Daughter Alena… Now, about elevenses 😉

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: 1734.7 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 168 Mile 168: ‘One day Like This’

20170617_081149Day 168 Mile 168: ‘One Day Like This’. Some days things don’t really work out, and some days the sun comes out, you ride a motorbike to a castle, run a PB, a sub 8 min mile (for the first time in over a decade) and beat the man dressed as a T-Rex. Yes, that one!

Having got to bed early and woken at 1 am and then had another night’s sleep waking up super positive to the bright sunlight at 6 am it was either going to be amazing or a disappointment. Having finally figured out how to pack all of my bike clothes and helmet etc in a way that is secure when leaving it for a run I decided to revel in the sunlight and the anticipation was well worth it.

There was a beautiful clear blue sky all around and temperatures already up in the low 20s. The sections under the trees where there was a bit of breeze were a great relief, but the downhill sections looking out across the landscape, although exposed to the full glare of the sun, were absolutely worth it.

Fantastic to see Chris and little Tom doing his first run today to. Well done little guy.

Days like this don’t happen often, one to hold onto as the days soon start to shorten perhaps!

Today’s earworm from the ride in along the expressway 🙂

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: 5263.5 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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P.S.  There goes the T-Rex. It turns out it was a stag-do thing, I think they were also all vegan, hence the Banana running along side!

Day 167 Mile 167: Epic adventure run with added bull!


Day 167 Mile 167: Epic adventure run with added bull! It’s not often that you realize how lucky you are, but today I have also become aware of how fortunate I have been! What started off, and remained an astoundingly beautiful run in the countryside after work, quickly became quite eventful.

I will point out from the start that I did not know the route, having just seen something like a triangular route on the map not far off the beaten track on my way home from work and decided to try it.

To start with the route went through a farm, and yes I was greeted and followed for a good way by the obligatory farm dog; trailing a few feet behind me I couldn’t quite tell if it was simply along for the ride or looking for an opportunity for a nip when my back was turned. I was more than a little relieved when it was whistled for.

The path out of the farm consisted of large loose cobble stones which threatened to twist the ankle at almost every step before delivering me into a field of cows and a rather inquisitive bull. Nothing went amiss but after the dog incident my nerves were already slightly jangly and looking for a wall to be able to jump over just in case!

Soon I came to the edge of the fields by a stone wall overlooking a river and found that I was about 100m too far west for the break in the wall. Upon finding it the path across the river was overgrown, with the bridge concealed down a bank behind a bush and granting access to a gate on the far side where the brambles were taller then me.

Stepping gingerly through this (I still have thorns in my hands as I type!) I came into a marshy field full of sedge grass and was mightily relieved to reach the road on the far side.

One reaching the road I ran downhill easily reflecting on how this had actually been great fun in a particularly contrary way and how it was great to be moving more freely again when a huge black fly flew into my mouth and lodged between my tongue and lower right molar.

I think I have done my bit for today, if you fancy sponsoring me please do as I feel I’ve earned it with this one!

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: 2180.8 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Thanks as ever for all the support!

Ed