Day 229 Mile 229: ‘Rainy Day Running #12 & 35’. Today’s run picks up on a route suggestion made by a friend of mine ages ago, which I have now finally had the chance to take up. It’s a great one, once again on the billiard table that is the middle of the Isle of Anglesey/Ynys Môn but with the added excitement of potentially getting a good soaking if you put a foot down wrong!
The Afon Briant meanders languidly across the green flood plain, down to the south end of the Menai Straits where it meets the sea. About a mile upstream there is a large line of stepping stones, set high enough to remain navigable on all but the most extreme of tides.
It certainly adds a sense of fun to the route! Amazingly (and presumably because of the salty air) the stones themselves are not nearly as slippery as I have come to expect from crossing similar ones in freshwater streams and in woodland. The result of which is something you can actually have a committed (if somewhat cautious) run across as opposed to the usual careful, balance-y, stepping!
The wildlife was also out in force this morning, with the change of the seasons bringing migrating birds into the wetlands. It was great to see a heron fishing in a bight of the river surrounded by a flock of egrets and to be constantly scattering a flurry of rabbits as I ran through the grass covered parts of the route.
It would have been really amazing had the sun been out!
Thanks to Anwen Williams for today’s suggestion and thanks to Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (motorcycle road racer, the only person in history to win the British Superbike Championship 5 times) for tweeting about this yearlong challenge yesterday. You are both absolute stars 🙂
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: 1611.0 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!
Sorry here is the earworm for today… too good to miss!