Badgers, bees and beheadings

Now before you get too excited I actually only saw one of these on my run today.  However I did get four and a half miles done in the dunes at Merthyr Mawr. We also had mizzle – which wasn’t as bad as it sounds as it was kind of cooling. I was taking the pace slow and today that felt a bit more natural. However this may be because running through soft and damp sand is much harder than i’d anticipated right now. I’m not sure how long it takes to recover from injury and get the fitness back but while the rest of my body was going wheeeeeeeeee! the legs were going fuuuuuuuuuck!

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Soft sand uphill is the leg killer

So badgers ……. If you’ve followed this post a little while you may remember my last visit to Merthy Mawr and the killer badgers

Which admittedly don’t exist but …. tracks!

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Badger or dog …. you decide!

Bees! Ok lose the plural

Bee!

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Big, buzzing bugger

Beheadings ….. Ok so you need a little imagination on this one. While running I came across this …

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Chopping block

Which reminded me of those blocks you see in medeavil films for chopping heads off etc and then I noticed the arrangement of logs creating a small semi circle facing the block.

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Log seating for the executions!

Ok so I admit I have a vivid imagination but it’s still kinda intriguing. They must have been placed here for a reason and the ground is worn in the area.

I moved on (as I was now scared of both badgers and axe murderers)

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View of the Bristol Channel from the top of the dunes – The chopping block is down there somewhere.
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Looking across to Ogmore by Sea

I was delighted to find the tide was out and so I managed a circuit of the very sandy beach here. And when i say sandy I mean soft and sandy!

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Altras make great footprints!
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Note the wide toebox :p

All in all a great run to ease back into it all. there was a small bit of niggle from the foot which is why I kept it short, slow and sensible (Not like me I know)

Finally Happy Birthday and Fathers Day to my dad who I think will read this at some point! In fact I’d like to say a huge thanks to both of my parents who have always backed me 100% in whatever I’ve done … even when they haven’t been sure its the right thing.

Cheers all! Happy sunday

Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

13 thoughts on “Badgers, bees and beheadings”

  1. OHHH MYYYY! I wonder what the block and seating are all about! V intriguing indeed!!!!
    You’d think, coming from South Africa I know my animal tracks… Leopard vs dog etc… Nah! All I can tell you is RUN or hide if it’s bigger than the palm of your hand *lol*
    Hope the injury gets better day by day!

    (Ps TFFT = thank f*** for that!) 😉

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  2. Lovely run, beautiful views. Running in soft sand is quite hard work though isn’t it? The beach looked pristine and unmarked. Weren’t you a little tempted to take your shoes off? Are there Druids in your part of Wales? Maybe that was a sacred site……

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