Day 195 Mile 195: Running up Everest & Other Milestones. At 29,029 ft. Mount Everest, is the highest point on earth. This morning I woke up and realised that over the course of this year my charity runs added up to just under 500ft lower than this. As a result I can say that I have as of today (cumulatively) run up Everest, with today’s height gain of 858ft in roughly a mile bringing this year’s total to a dizzying 29,337ft of recorded elevation.
Mount Everest from the south (cc).
Also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibetan as as Chomolungma
Also in the last few minutes the total raised for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association has now exceeded £600!!! I never, ever expected to raise this much. I am in awe thank you so much. I really does help to motivate when all you want to do is sit down!
Today’s run itself was beautiful if somewhat brutal. I knew that I had to get at least 500 ft of climb in so went to the bottom of the mountain pass at the end of the village, drove up the first few hundred feet where the hill is relatively shallow and then started running, albeit slowly where the gradient began to steepen.
It’s not exactly Everest but it still looks intimidating as you drive towards it!
The run wound up the Sychnant Pass, keeping it slow up the grey tarmac, along between the hedges and only seeing the occasional moving vehicle. The views down to the left became more expansive and the wind began to get up although the rain held off. On reaching the top of the road the path turned left along the track leading to the top of the mountain, past the chestnut brown wild ponies grazing in the lee of the crag that overhangs the trail.
Winding on and up, the path dissolves into loose gravel and the pace drops to that of almost a walk, as it hauls up through the heather and low ferns. A family of Chough bounce on the cliff edge and reel in the breeze, a set of appropriately supercharged versions of the garden Blackbird re-imagined for the scale of the surrounding terrain. On reaching the top I gave into the temptation to stand on the highest rock and look out. To the north and west there is little but the sea, famed by the headland of the Gt. Orme and the Isle of Anglesey. Opposite this the Carneddau mountain range rolls away to the south below the lowering hemisphere of the grey sky. Then, to turn around and run down to make up time 🙂
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: 3487.0 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Many many thanks as ever for all the support, it is seriously doubtful I would have got this far without it!
P.S. Having seen the GPS tracking stuff come in now, I’m happy with that 🙂 It may not be super-fast but it is obviously indicative of a marked improvement 🙂