Day 20 mile 20: Sea Serpent!


img_8682Day 20 mile 20: Sea Serpent! Today finds me at the summit of the Great Orme a massive limestone headland on the North Wales coast. Its English name derives from the Old Norse (Viking) word urm or orm, for sea serpent, which I suppose from a distance on a particularly foggy day it could resemble.

It’s an amazing habitat for several very rare plants such as the cotoneaster, a number of endangered butterflies, fulmars, peregrine falcons and possibly the most obstreperous goats on the planet!

Up here just before sunrise is a particularly special time, there is no sign of the summer tourists who come up by the tram, or indeed the ever present seagulls, I’m just accompanied by the rising plume of breath condensing in the head torch light and the eye-shine of the occasional rabbit or goat as it darts away. A World War 2 radar station and one of the largest Bronze Age mines in the world sit side by side, but by and large it is mostly grass and the wind and rock with the sea and town far below and ones thoughts for company.

It’s a great run, not fast due to the nature of the terrain, getting slightly lost at one point and the incline but utterly worth it 🙂

Massive thanks as ever to those who have donated since my last update yesterday, you know who you are. It’s massively appreciated.



P.S. Yes, I’ve just realised I left the apostrophe off in the photo, it was 6am… sorry!

Distance: 1804.1 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

Elevation gain: 217 ft.

Surface: Grass, rock and road

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