Day 359 Mile 359: Happy Christmas Everyone!

Day 359 Mile 359: Happy Christmas Everyone! What jolly fun, it’s Christmas day and there is family and presents, pets and food. We have dashed out quickly to get today’s run in, so I will not hold up festivities any more. As with every other day I hope you all have a wonderful one 🙂

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Distance: 1985.8 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 358 Mile 358 (1 week remaining): Christmas Eve Run- ‘Humphrey the Black-Nosed Reindog’

Day 358 Mile 358 (1 week remaining): Christmas Eve Run- ‘Humphrey the Black-Nosed Reindog’. Today I have the joy of taking my Mum’s dog Humphrey around the woods for a Christmas Eve blast. Since we have got a lead that goes around my middle leaving both hands free to run (and catch myself when the inevitable happens) and I’m in a Christmas top it does rather create the impression of a hot and bothered Santa being hauled around the woods by a golden retriever who is standing in for several reindeer!

It’s great fun, there are loads of other people out dog walking  (with creatures which range from resembling small animated lumps of coal, all the way up to huge, good natured handle-less mops). There is also mountain biking, ambling and horse riding. While all of this leads to a rather stop start run it is incredibly good natured, muddy, hilly fun. Anyway back home now for a wash for everyone, tea carols and mince pies. Hopefully with a dog who may be a little bit chilled out for the afternoon!

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Distance: 2061.6 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 357 Mile 357: ‘Stop Press’ & Double Anniversary Run

Day 357 Mile 357: ‘Stop Press’ & Double Anniversary Run. Today is something of a celebration-fest. Not only is it Christmas Eve Eve, but it has transpired that between us my daughter and I have racked up 10 and 50 5Km Parkruns respectively. Well done her I’m sure the free t-shirt with the number 10 on it will be with her soon 🙂

We have been on a festive visit to my Mum so had a cheerful and chatty run around Tring Park. This morning it is very misty, obscuring the views across the vale and turning the trees into architectural pillars reaching into the grey fan vaulting of the sky. It’s nice to run along with her and natter, taking in the sights of the cheerful dogs and the steep slidey mud.

The fun of festive jumpers and the cheering on of onlookers, marshals and cow marshals (yes you read correctly) really added to the sense of occasion. Dropping into the café in the town afterwards the various fell running shoes left on the palatial doormat hints at the wonderful juxtaposition of worlds pain au chocolat in a posh eatery in home counties north, a cuppa and a bunch of muddy sweaty people. What is not to like?!

In other actual actual news there is a wonderful article about this challenge in the Daily Post, while a couple of fine details are a little sketchy it is a great piece and a very kind bit of publishing.

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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/inspirational-dad-went-extra-mile-14061828

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Distance: 5077.7 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 356 Mile 356: Run Run Rudolph!

20171222_160740-01.jpegDay 356 Mile 356: Run Run Rudolph! Today finds me visiting my Mum in the village of Hawridge. It’s a beautiful place with leafy commonland and a deep rural history which belies its apparent sleepiness. As it is coming up to dusk and the common is covered in steep slidy mud following the snow I took a run along the main (and pretty much only) road.

It was great to see the trees at dusk and the Christmas lighted cottages lullaby-ed to bed by the roosting blackbirds.

As it’s a bit of a festive visit it was wonderful to find a big warning sign part way along the road, clearly cautioning the traffic as to the proximity of low flying reindeer 🙂

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Distance: 1923.9 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Day 355 Mile 355: Solstice Skyline

20171221_082216-02.jpegDay 355 Mile 355: Solstice Skyline. As with the Summer Solstice I have tried to get out to see the sun rise. Marking these points of the year really seems to interlock the mind into time and place. Getting out into the hills and watching the sun come up and set at different points through the year and the memory of this rolling traverse across the elliptic as the sun creeps lower as the days shorten creates a sense of place on a truly epic spatial and temporal scale.

There is something magical about this time of year; at the exact point where the momentum of the winter seems to build, ready to draw us down into the chill and dark of January, the solstice reminds us that light is returning. Nine days before the month of the two headed Janus who looks to both the past and future, this point is an apex in the trajectory of the year heralding dawn and the spring.

20171221_082653-01.jpegGetting up to see the dawn is considerably easier at this time of year but much less likely to be the same spectacle. Today the Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere and is closer to the horizon than at any other time in the year reaching its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. Given that we live at 53° north that leaves only about 7½ hours of daylight. It is not as bad as some parts of the world but if you are not careful it is very easy to go to work or school or have a lazy day and not even see the sun at all.

This morning’s run takes me out to the summit of Penmaenbach one of the more accessible points from which to look east to see the sun rise. It is a corner I have not visited before and while I have been on many of the neighboring summits before this one affords a slightly different view. It is an odd upland sort of pinnacle with the land to the south making it feel like a mere hillock but the precipitous drop to the north, sea and coast-road lends a sense of altitude.

The tracks of the mountain ponies show in the cropped grass between the heather and slick rock and while the air is warm there is still a cool breeze on the pinnacle where I faffed for a bit, took a silly photo for today’s headline and waited for the sun to rise.

Today there is a thick bank of cloud to the the east but it was still great to get out and see a new place, it is beautiful and amazingly tranquil given the activity that is visible but inaudible below. The run back down was also worth the trip in itself 🙂

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Distance: 1633.1 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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A somewhat appropriate earworm for today, if a little more icy than today’s weather would suggest.

Day 354 Mile 354: It’s Grimm In The Forest At Night

20171220_071751-01.jpegDay 354 Mile 354: It’s Grimm In The Forest At Night. On this day in 1812 the first edition of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s book Kinder- und Hausmärchen was published becoming known in English as Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Their affect on culture cant be understated, exerting influence on fields as varied as film, ethnography, pantomime, psychology and the kissing of frogs.

The brothers documented over 200 folk tales from across the social spectrum from the region around Hannover. They are wonderful, dark, medieval tales, which have become somewhat sanitized over the years, with only the friendlier stories regularly seeing the light of day and then often in a watered down form.

They exert an odd hold on the collective imagination, with characters that almost everyone knows and narratives that diverge and twist and yet most people agree on some core element “Same story, different versions. And all are true”. In an odd way as someone who was born in 1980 Rumpelstiltskin exists in a similar narrative reality to John F. Kennedy for instance. These are an existence outside of our own, a retelling of stories from people in other places, both to fascinate and caution, something at which to marvel at and at the same time slightly dread.

So to commemorate this I took myself for a run through the forest at night. It is starless and windy, which gives a rather oppressive feel as the tress concuss and bend in over the path. The light of my head-torch only illuminates a small disk of light in front of me and it would be quite easy to go imagining gingerbread houses peopled by witches around any corner; so I didn’t.

The fact I am now back indoors in the light at a computer is testament to the fact I came back in one piece… provided that you believe that I am the one typing.

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Distance: 1794.0 meters recorded

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Wonderfully dark earworm for today 🙂

Day 353 Mile 353: Heroes and Villains

Day 353 Mile 353: Heroes and Villains. Today’s run loops around part of Llandudno Junction, known as Tremarl before the railway came. It is an interesting place sitting as an oddly industrious hive of garages and workshops between the rural Conwy Valley and the tourist hot-spot that is Llandudno itself.
In the middle of this route sits the Welsh Assembly Government Offices, which were officially opened in 2010. Before that the site had been derelict for a few years having previously been the Hotpoint Appliances Factory. Perhaps the most interesting and influential person to have come through these doors was Ian Fraser who worked for a time in the factory before going on to become known as Lemmy Kilmister, of Hawkwind and Motörhead fame.

I leave it to you to judge who are the heroes and who are the villains 😛

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Distance: 1622.9 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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