Day 269 Mile 269: A Preposterous Undertaking

Ed Wright Conwy Mountain Running ClapaDay 269 Mile 269: A Preposterous Undertaking. Living less than a mile outside a national park, nature provides an innumerable trove of attractive routes, silly challenges and visual marvels. Next to the road into the nearest town, there is a hillside which rises steeply skywards by around 350 ft. onto a ridge which surveys the sea, the mountains and the castle. It is such a ridiculous line that for years my brain has been screaming at me to try and get up it, so today is that day!

Conwy mountain steep drop mist

There is a bank of mist rolling in from the sea which somehow makes the entire undertaking feel slightly more epic, something like leaving the ground and journeying into a cloud land where almost anything up to and including dragons feels possible. Pausing for breath it was amazing to look across and see Gt Orme’s Head edited into a thin line by sea and cloud. All of a sudden it becomes clear why the Norse sailors first named it the “Orme” which roughly translates to mean worm, wyrm or dragon.

Great Orme worm must sea

The pause also enabled me to get a photo which hopefully conveys some of the vertiginous angle of the slope!

Conwy caravan park steep hill

On reaching the top the path wound around the mountain, luckily a familiar route given the cloud cover before a more than welcome downhill sprint, over rocks and roots through the bracken, past the houses and railway and back to the start.

Ok I stopped for breath and photos part way up, but I didn’t walk any of it. Today has been a big tick on the list of things to do in my head, and it didn’t disappoint!


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: 1948.2 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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