Day 224 Mile 224: Penrhyn Parkrun + Precipitation = PB!

Penrhyn Castle Castell Wales CymruDay 224 Mile 224: Penrhyn Parkrun + Precipitation = PB! Today I got the chance to return to the Penrhyn Castle Parkrun. It is very wet but the atmosphere is fantastic as the grimness of the climatic conditions seems to bring out a grinning spirit of camaraderie mixed with an alloy of ‘whose idea was this anyway?’!

It is a bit slippy today and I’m amazed that I didn’t fall over at least once as that is the sort of thing I would do, although having to stop to retie my shoelaces counts as a close second. None the less I ran the 5km course faster than any other time over this distance this year! Yay! 🙂

It is a beautiful place, a massive stone Victorian re-imagination of the medieval castle that once stood on this spot, the grey walls adding a sense of solidity and monolithic gloom to the rain falling on and among the happy throng of brightly coloured runners, dogs and supporters. The run through the grounds is equally impressive, with the natural hues of trees and flowers slightly heightened into bright contrasts by the moisture in the air and the otherwise murky light.

It was also great to catch up with a few friends; both running and marshaling (a truly invaluable role which does not get applauded enough!) sorry I didn’t have time to hang around for tea and cake after 😦

I have no idea how I got a PB today. It just goes to show that when you take it as it comes, have BBQ and beer for tea the night before and don’t put too much pressure on yourself every so often it all strings together! 😀

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: 5137.7 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Thanks as ever for all the support!

Ed

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