What a difference a day makes

From subzero snowdrift mayhem for the previous 3 days the weather switched to a beautiful sunny day.  It was so warm I ran in a tshirt!

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Tide was out so down checking out the “reef”
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Google photos didn’t do a bad job of a panorama for once!
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After snowmageddon the sheep look a little … worn

 

More snow and a moider!

A moider? Yes a moider – well more of a massacre.

Headed to the beach to check out the latest snow conditions.

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Had to pick my way over the stream to start
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Spot the birdie?  There are tonnes of lapwings down there sheltering at the moment, they are all slow and lethargic and don’t shift until you get really close – like this one
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Cliffs still looking cool
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Moider scene! I omitted the gory photos here but this was the scene of a massacre – at least a dozen dead birds which at first I thought was a case of being frozen to death. Then I notcied that some were decapitated and I dont know of any Siberian wind that rips birds head off.
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Evidence! I found the tracks of the culprit but how the hell did a fox get onto the beach here?
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Aha! The cunning git used the old smugglers path which is hard enough to climb in summer
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He would have climbed down here to catch the little frozen birdies. Ah well it aint moider after all its just nature
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Usual photo from Witches Point with added snow
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Up onto the cliffs – and time to start the wading through drifts
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Luckily the snow was pretty hardpacked by the wind so didn’t sink too deep
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I’m on his trail!
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Hmmm ok i’ll just jump the wall
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Out onto the road – that way is home if I was in the car – and work wondered why I was worried about getting back?  I know it out here – when it snows it drifts and we get cut off. Took me ages to convince them
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Um yeah and thats the other way out
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And thats the road to the rest of the village – Its lucky I can run everywhere these days

Don’t need gritters where I’m going

No not hell but the beach, major advantage of coastal running on days like this is the abundant salt. Not so good the rest of the year when it wrecks your shoes apparently.

It was extremely cold and the windchill was a killer but worth it to get out to see some cool stuff….

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Like iron underfoot and an ankle killer in fields with horses
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Soft snow, in fact probably the best bit of the run for shelter
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Arctic beach with first icicles
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More impressive icicles
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Cave surrounding icicles
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The waterfall is on a break
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I liked the way this one was frozen in the act of being blown to the left
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I climbed the ladders to get up on the cliffs – may have been a mistake as I lost all my shelter and it was bastard freezing up there.. Boring photo really but I took it to remiond me next time i’m dying of heat exhaustion in an ultra that I did the hard yards in winter
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Amazing really, for about a minute I could see the sun. One minute – when i was cold and tired again. I swear its Soaks 😉 Said thanks anyway
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Opposite the snow has been very kind and traced out my hill repeat training route

Frozen dog stops play

Couple of days ago I went up to the Brecon Beacons with a friend and her mums dog to find some snow.  We appear to be missing out on the fun down here in the South but I guess one of the beauties of living in Wales is that there are always mountains a few hours away at most.

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Short dog and deep snow issues

Tilly aka ratdog did actually do quite well and had a whale of a time in the snow. But after a while it was clear she was getting pretty cold ….

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So this is me doing an impression of a South American paramilitary holding a frozen dog hostage

So after thawing her out we heaed home where I realised I was technically in my running gear anyway and so it would have been amiss to not get down the beach too so go to knock out seven miles as well.

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How much warmer does this look?  (It wasn’t though)