Tramampoline! Also, sunny snowy running.

Lads Lads Lads

Written by Haydn Williams

It’s safe to say that a lads’ weekend is no longer the drink-fuelled two days of bad behaviour that it once was. This one started with a trip to a tramampoline park (yes, I’m a grown adult). I thoroughly enjoyed regressing to complete childishness, although the attempted front flips were perhaps a little too much.

The definition of elegance. © Jono Sumner 2018
The definition of elegance. © Jono Sumner 2018

On the ninja warrior course Gareth once again proved that he’s more athletic than me, and once all bounced-out we progressed onto a game of squash. That went surprisingly well, given that I’ve never played squash before and Jono just made the rest of us run around like crazy. Combined with the trampolining I started aching in places I didn’t know existed, though. The night was finished off with athlete’s nutrition (a visit to the chip shop) near to our accommodation on Anglesey, and some general knowledge quizzing until the early hours.

#welsh   © Haydn Williams 2018
#welsh
© Haydn Williams 2018

On the Sunday I nipped up to the Ogwen valley, and took an anti-clockwise lap of the Carneddau. From Glan Dena I passed under Tryfan first, which looked pretty magnificent. Indeed, the whole day turned out to be pretty good.

The plan is to run the skyline from right to left. © Haydn Williams 2018
The plan is to run the skyline from right to left. © Haydn Williams 2018

Some of the trail-breaking across the top of Ysgolion Duon was hard work, but the visibility was great and there was no wind. Not many snowy days have coincided with days off work so far this year, but this was a great reminder of why you should seize the opportunity when they do line up.

The route ahead - Bwlch yr Eryl Farchog in winter garb. © Haydn Williams
The route ahead – Bwlch yr Eryl Farchog in winter garb. © Haydn Williams
Pen yr Ole Wen from Carnedd Dafydd. © Haydn Williams 2018
Pen yr Ole Wen from Carnedd Dafydd. © Haydn Williams 2018

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