Well, quite a bit to report on from the last couple of weeks. We’ve had a weekend in the Peak District, starting with a run around the Longshaw Estate on the Saturday, and then a snowy wander along Birchen the following morning (via some very dodgy back roads which we nearly got stuck on!).
I had a run up the Watkin Path on Snowdon, having been dreaming for some time of a running traverse of Y Lliwedd in the snow. A late start meant I chickened out in the end (heading into the cloud on my own as the sun set didn’t seem like a particularly sensible idea), but I had a great time being repeatedly buzzed by an army helicopter and racking up a decent amount of climbing without really noticing (well clearly I noticed, but it didn’t feel too strenuous!).
The Snowdon trip finished at dusk, but a subsequent post-work run over the Glyders definitely finished in the dark. It was cloudy when I pulled into Ogwen car park, but as I crested the top of the North-East ridge of Y Garn, I was greeted by the most amazing day I’ve had in a very very long time. Lots of photos follow, none of which do it justice.
I also took the opportunity to create my very first Photosphere, which you can drag around below:
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On Friday I did the last of this year’s Dash in the Dark races at Llandegla, having missed the first two. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy these, primarily because they’re in the dark and over technical ground. I seem to be quite good at this, and lots of other people seem quite timid, so I was really pleased with 16th place out of over 190 starters.
Finally, today was a blustery walk around the Alwen Reservoir and up into the cloud to summit Mwdwl-eithin. Definitely a less well frequented trig point, although I’m sure from it’s location that it must have lovely views when you’re not entombed in cloud.
All a bit action-packed, and it’s off to Scotland next week for some more fun too!