Day 172 Mile 172: Solstice Sunrise

Day 172 Mile 172: Solstice Sunrise. Today is the longest day, where did the time go? In keeping with my tradition of the last few years I am attempting to the the sun rise and set today, which makes for a long day, but somehow resets the spiritual compass as well as providing a real sense of being on a planet.

Having been kept awake most of the night by the 16° heat and the crows outside the window (who were no doubt arguing about who is going to eat the few remaining very unripe strawberries growing in our garden) getting up was something of a relief.

Sadly there was a low bank of sea mist, which obscured the actual moment of sunrise, but made for a spectacular display as the rays danced over the top of this blanket, and crested against the atmosphere above.

Running along beside the sea, this reflected back down as amber across the water, with one female figure silhouetted black off the end of the slipway standing knee deep in the water facing east as the sun made its ascent.

As I got onto the hill to come home the sun finally broke through the clouds, already high in the brief time that myself and the figure in the sea had been watching.

And so the world turns, we stand at a hinge point, where day and night are one: sky, land and water meet; night gives way to the day, while the light is now in decline until its rebirth at midwinter. But, all spirituality aside, given the time of day and the cup of tea I had just had before leaving my main thoughts at the time were ‘come on boy, the quicker you can get up this hill, the quicker you can have a poo’!

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: 1651.0 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Many many thanks as ever for all the support!

Ed

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