Day 38 Mile 38: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It had to happen sooner of later, so there we are, I have got it out of my system and possibly broken the twitter feed. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch or LlanfairPG as it is more locally known, has existed on the site of the village since the Neolithic era (4000–2000 BC) The long name was contrived in the 1860s to bestow upon the station the feature of having the longest name of any railway station in Britain, an early example of a publicity stunt. According to Sir John Morris-Jones (17 October 1864 – 16 April 1929, a Welsh grammarian, academic and Welsh-language poet) the name was created by a local tailor, whose name he did not divulge, the secret died with him.
The name was used as a solution in a cryptic crossword compiled by Roger Squires for The Telford and Wrekin News when royalty visited Ironbridge in 1979 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the first iron bridge. It was submitted to Guinness World Records as the longest word to appear in a published crossword. The clue was “Giggling troll follows Clancy, Larry, Billy and Peggy who howl, wrongly disturbing a place in Wales (58)”, where all but the last five words formed an anagram.
Running out from the station took me to a halfway point at the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column before looping back around. The column was finished two years after the battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815. The statue was added in 1860 after the death of the man whose exploits it commemorates: Henry William Paget, Earl of Uxbridge, first Marquess of Anglesey.
He was second in command to Wellington, and he lost his right leg by almost the last shot fired at Waterloo/him. He lived to the age of 85, and gets a good view of the mountains and many seagulls pooing on his head for his trouble!
Many thanks to all those who continue to donate to the charitable part of this ridiculous adventure.
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: 2073.8 meters recorded (1 mile = 1609.34 m.) View more on Strava