Day 120 mile 120: Beltane Woodland Run. Today is the day before May Day, traditionally the start of the summer. Where it becomes really interesting is that unlike now where we regard the transition form one ‘day’ to the next as happening at midnight, the Celtic tradition of these shores has the transition at sunset. Therefore the day of Beltane/Mayday starts at sunset on the 30th April (8:24pm according to my phone!)
The word ‘Beltane’ apparently originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of God, nature and the Sun’s light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community.
Some people take this sort of thing very seriously and that is their choice, but having that tactile link back into history and an ancient indigenous culture is important, and something that raises ones awareness of the ecosystem of nature and community surrounding ones-self (in my eyes anyway) can only be a good thing.
So today’s run took me up through the woods on the mountain complete with head torch, and some tired legs after the race through the village yesterday. It’s all a bit elemental with the wind coming through the tees and water droplets splashing off the rocks in the stream but also oddly still, quiet and devoid of outside distractions. With Beltane in mind it really does feel like nature is holding its breath, waiting for the next hand of cosmic clock to click over and summer to begin.
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: 1665.8 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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