Day 30 mile 30: Church Island. Today’s run carries on the ongoing quest to run a mile everyday for this year. As it is a Monday lunchtime I have found some spiritual solace running down from the Menai Bridge which connects the Isle of Anglesey to the mainland, across the causeway and to the even smaller Church Island.
The way down is an enjoyable tumble though the woods from the supermarket carpark; populated by fallen leaves, mud and spaniels who would rather come along, than go on their proper walks with their more pedestrian owners. The trail then bursts back out into sunshine and out from under the rustle of the tress to the almost silence of the Menai Straits at the turn of the tide. Across the causeway there is the tiny island and the church which was once home of the Welsh Saint Tysilio.
Tysilio was the son of Brochfael Ysgythrog, king of Powys. He turned his back on a royal position follow a religious life, eventually coming to Anglesey where he founded a hermitage the island in about 630AD. He is potentially also known as St. Suliac, who set up a religious centre in Brittany, which I would imagine represents something of a commute at the time. The original buildings are long gone due to a combination of weather, political upheaval and general entropy. Parts of current building date to the early 15th century, with extensive restorations which were done in the 1890s.
It’s a beautiful place with a real sense of serenity. It would be easy to see how one could choose to live here if you sought contemplation and an appreciation of things greater than ones-self. That, and a strong faith that you would be protected against rising sea levels.
The end of the run loops uphill back to the supermarket carpark, past the Rugby club, the petrol station and the Chinese restaurant. Somehow this mix seems oddly appropriate spanning the changes of over 1500 years of human history in the space of a mile with some amazing natural spectacles thrown in for good measure!
As ever thanks to all who have donated since I last wrote.
Distance: 1619.8 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Moving time: 10 minutes, 46 seconds
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