Day 60 mile 60: St David’s Day/Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant. “Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus” to all my Cymraeg friends. Today is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales commemorating his death in 589AD. St David’s best-known miracle is possibly making the ground on which he stood, rise up to form a small hill. His monastic rules prescribed that monks had to pull ploughs themselves without animals, must drink only water and eat only bread with salt and herbs, and spend the evenings in prayer, reading and writing. He lived a simple life and practised asceticism, refraining from eating meat and drinking beer. Sometimes, as a self-imposed penance, he would stand up to his neck in a lake of cold water, reciting the bible.
It might be nice to find a more fun way of paying tribute to this country! I’m not sure that unexpected hills, lack of beer, water torture are standing in as a tractor are quite my idea of a good time. So, in keeping with tradition I tried to find something suitably iconic for today’s run.
On the island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) there is a road which runs between the towns of Menai Bridge and Beaumaris. It threads its way along the coast bounded on one side by a steep descent down to the waterline and on the other by woodland, populated by red squirrels and punctuated by the songs of blackbirds and sparrows.
There has been a steaming dragon living along this road for some time much to the consternation of the occasional motorist!
It was a fun run, getting out and about with a dragon for company has to be good, and the birdsong coming from the wood made for a great accompaniment. It is colder today and I just avoided getting rained on. This isn’t to say that I stayed completely dry, due to taking a footpath I had never noticed which trends directly down to the shoreline.
This would be OK if the path were not algae covered concrete slabs and therefore has all the grip of a slug with a cold, and that the stream gracefully tumbling down beside the steps at the top, did not decide to give up on the riverbed and take the stairs half way down. It was an eventful little detour and a soon went back on the road deciding that running half a mile one way down the road and then coming back may not be so dull after all!
Have a good St David’s Day all, may your feet stay dry and your crempogs digest well
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Distance: 1952.2 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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