Splish splash and uphill dash – A photofest

When I woke this morning theweather was still evil. This week in Wales we’ve had thunder and lightning, hail, tornadoes (yes really) wind and rain ….lots of rain. I was resigned to scratching any hope of a run and then the sun peeped out! A chance.  A quick look at Will it rain today?  told me I had a window of opportunity. Off I went!

It had indeed been raining

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Wet feet from the word go! No chance of hopping from rock to rock today
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At the beach there were waterfalls in places I’d never seen before – Quite spectacular!

The tide was still quite high as I couldnt pick and choose my time so really I should have gone along the cliffs but I so wanted the beach so I chose a bit of a tricky option along the pebbles.

In fact around 2 miles of pebbles

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Stretch one – These are a bastard to run on, it takes so much effort and concentration to get anywhere. Gives the legs a workout though and I bet there are many unused muscles in my feet and ankles saying WTF?

It did mean I found some cool fossils

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Ammonite
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I’m not even sure this is a fossil – It may be a fossilised fern but unsure
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Possible fern number 2

Then onto stretch 2 of pebbles and rocks

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I’m heading for the far point (Witches Point) at Southerdown – Pebbles, pebbles everywhere as far as the eye can see!
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The waterfall between Wick and Witches was really going for it today
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Got a nice photo of the rock stack, rckon this might be the winter it goes

My legs were really feeling the pebbles by the turn around point at Witches so I decided to really screw them up and run the cliff route back including running every hill – of which there are lots of steep ones.  I figured I might not get out much this week so might as well murder the legs today!

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Running from beach level to up here is a killer
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These were hurty and go on for aaages – Whoever did them hates runners as theres a different number of paces between each

I did 7 miles in 90 minutes which I’m very pleased with because the terrain wasn’t exactly conducive to a quick pace.  Even the fields were tough as they’re waterlogged.  I was also pleased with my overall flow today, even when I was working hard it felt under control and recovery from each climb was quick.

Author: Gareth

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

8 thoughts on “Splish splash and uphill dash – A photofest”

  1. I’m so jealous of your fossil finds!! We spent ages at Lyme Regis looking for some and you find them when running! 😆😆 lovely run, even with the bad weather! Lovely pictures. I think we may have to visit wales for our next holiday !

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