Brecon wander

Went up the Brecon beacons yesterday.  Out into the bits people don’t tend to go and just hiked around a bit with the dog.  It was pretty cold, then hot, then windy then not. Hey im a poet! We didn’t follow the paths mainly as there weren’t any. Its quite liberating and definitely fun to just go where you please. This did mean we spent a few hours or so falling in bogs, marshes and swamps (we havnt worked out which is which yet) but wet feet is a given these days.  Plus Tilly the dog loved every minute of it even if she couldnt see over the grass much of the time I guess.

Pro tip – Park the car by a big obvious mountain like this one so you dont lose it
Technically we should have been over there but I cannot tell a lie – my directions are shit
Standing stone doing what it does best
Waterfall – slightly on the wonk
Frozen “waterfall” / trickle
Is that the mountain by the car? Oh …
Look I CAN take photos – Tilly in her snazzy coat
Ok we put the dog with short legs on the rock for a photo shoot, she didnt leap there – tiny legs and all that. Though she did exceptionally well seeing as its not really short dog terrain
Reservoir points to car (backup in case of loss of mountain)
“Over there is bog…. over there is marsh ….. over there is swamp” ( I fell in most of them)

Always better in the sun

Did 11 on sunday and got back into running with a pack. Its not particulary necessary but the extra water and bananas are nice and I’d better get used to it as Preseli is signed up for (32 ultrabeast) and thats about 10 weeks.

Went along the beach and as the tide was dropping went out past Southerndown on rocks rather than cliffs. The terrain there is a little tricker.

Seriously cool erosion going on here
Twas a nice day and over here I cant see people!
A smidgen of rainbow
Broken ankles ahoy!
Best thing for sore ankle?  Freezing cold streams – Also handy for cleaning shoes. These are my current favourites – La Sportiva Mutants – These things do everything!

Storm running

On wednesday it was extremely windy but not so wet and I wanted to go and see what the storms had done to the beach overnight.  Not all the news was good.  There was debris and plastics everywhere, I don’t know if they were brought in on just this tide which seems unlikely or uncovered by the massive tides that night. Whatever it meant that the plastic pollution was everywhere – I’ll keep you posted on this as there more to come.


Its hard to see in photos but the debris is everywhere

The tides did so some cool stuff like dragging all this scree down onto the next level of beach

None of this was there yesterday just bare rock

And it exposed some more bones from the chalky cliff burial site

Think its a leg joint of some description
Bone protuding

I covered around seven miles. half of which into a bitch of a headwind. Still its all training at the end of the day, no-one said it was easy even if its always fun

We had sun?

Must be like mondays run or something as judging by the photos it was sunny – which it certainly hasn’t been since.

It was actually run after hangover run and to celebrate I did double digits and found some new fossils.

Swirly shell thingies – Im no geologist clearly
Roundy shell thing
Obligatory sunny cliff shot

Xmas eve

As im two days behind this was on xmas eve, another run with the tide in so along the cliffs through the mud.  It’s getting very slidy out there and I can now say in slippery mud the Inov8 Xtalons beat the Dynafit and La Sportiva for pure grip. I wont run another ultra (unless its all slippery mud) in them but theyre prefect for days like this.

Outbound cliffs – Thats Witches Point at the end

By the time I’d run around and up and over Witches I noticed the tide had dropped a metre of so giving me an opportunity to return as far as the ladders via the beach

See?  Thats enough gap to run

Glad I did as it turned out kinda nice down there.  Knocking out miles for fun at the moment and everything holding together.








Thick and fast

Saturdays run was on the beach and cliffs, it was misty again and I actually only took 3 photos – 2 of which I present even though they aren’t spectacular

Misty beach
On the cliffs it the conditions were kinda miserable but the sun did poke through – Many many  miles away

Sundays for speedwork

Sort of … it was meant to be a recovery run after saturdays 14 miles but the legs felt really good and the tide was out and I felt like running quickly … so I did. Sod common sense I wanted to run for the joy of running and if that meant fast then fast it was!

Met some new friends

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And went out of my way to warn these people that walking right under the cliffs at this time of year is suicide – You can hear the rockfalls all the time.  I had to laugh as the older lady (who wasnt under the cliffs) replied with “well yes but he is a geologist” …. Like ok well at least he will know what kind of rock staved his head in then I guess.  To be fair I was more worried about the dog with them, splattered people I could cope with but not a dog. With a cheery cry of “Natural selection will out!” I sped on my way

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