Day 345 Mile 345: #InternationalMountainDay and a Published Article 🙂 It’s International Mountain Day today, so that seemed a bit like too good a running opportunity to miss, in-spite of it being very cold and my being in work all day. However while checking emails before going out over lunch I also discovered a wonderful surprise.
I am running a mile everyday this year for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association. This is not something that they have organised, rather it is something I have taken upon myself to do, so it was an amazing revelation to find that there is a two page article in their annual magazine (pages 8 & 9) about what I am doing. It’s out in print but if you cant find one you can read it online here. Thank you so much guys!
Today’s run takes me along the Ffrancon Valley below the snow covered slopes of Carnedd Y Filiast and Foel Goch, the most northerly peaks of the Glyder mountain range of Snowdonia. It is a real privilege to live and work on the edge of the national park but it is easy to forget how delicate these titanic spaces are.
International Mountain Day has its roots in 1992, when the UN adopted of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 highlighting the facts that ‘mountains provide freshwater, energy and food – resources that will be increasingly scarce in coming decades. However, mountains also have a high incidence of poverty and are extremely vulnerable to climate change, deforestation, land degradation and natural disasters… 1 out of 3 mountain people in developing countries is vulnerable to food insecurity and faces poverty and isolation’.
These are delicate and important places that provide nourishment for both body and soul. Aside from the obvious benefits of water and land and climate that the hills bring history is peppered with people finding a deeper and more spiritual side to this landscape. Whether it is from approach Taoism, or extreme sports, or anywhere in between; the mountains continue to exert a significant pull in the imaginations of many people. For me they have always been places of great stillness, even when at their most violent and chaotic; where you are temporarily removed from many of the external factors of society. The mind ranges out in the wider space and folds back in upon itself, the outward freedom and expanse in which to experience and be, in turn affords a greater capacity and space to consider one’s own thoughts.
Today the valley and mountains are spectacular. There is snow everywhere, but at lower levels it is thin enough to still make out details; and grass stems, moss, trees and gates punctuate the landscape. Where the cloud parts the sky is a bright blue, and the sun cauterizes through the haze. It is a magical environment, like something you would picture in your head reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, but I bet Aslan never had to dodge into the snow out of the way of the Parcel Force van!
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: 1634.9 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!
In keeping with the general Narnia theme, I got earwormed by the opening music from the old BBC production….