• Tom Crossland

Day 56 - We go further and faster together

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

Aberporth - Penrhyn 48.2 km (1812.7 km done)

Start Time - 8.13 am

Finish Time - 4.58 pm

Moving time - 6 hours 53 mins

Vertical Gain - 1266 m

Garmin Temperatures a

Average - 25 C

Min - 21 C

Max - 31 C

Support Runners

Steven Williams (@spud_williams_

Alec care

Helen Perry and their uncle (really sorry forgot to ask their name)

I had forgotten just how much of a difference having company makes on long days. It was great to run with Steve in the morning and I was lucky enough to take a comfort break just at the time that two dolphins chose to pop up, they were too far away for a photo. These are the first dolphins I have seen all the way around the run and I expect this is because I am concentrating on the trails too much. I really do try to look up and appreciate where I am and the landscape I am running through. I try to look out to sea as much as possible but I know that if we hadn't stopped for a few moments at that exact point we would have missed them. Steve left me at Castell Aberteifi (Cardigan Castle). Fun fact (that Steve told me before he left) - the Castell is the site of the first recorded eisteddfod in 1176. I forgot to ask what it actually was (sorry Steve) but now I know it is a festival with several ranked competitions, including in poetry and music.

The trail today was easier going than some of the previous trails along the Wales Coast Path, but the path is just as hilly. Over the past week I have had to readjust my pacing expectations. Even though my legs are feeling good and even feeling stronger as the days pass, there is no way of making up time on the many of the downhills due to the steepness of them. Sometimes I feel like I am going down slower than I am going up. I am sure this cannot be true. At any other time, I would be careering down the descents as fast as I could and throwing caution to the wind, but I am trying to be careful not to hurt myself. As they say to finish first, first you have to finish. Even in my run of one, this holds true.

In the afternoon, I was joined by Alec and two members of his family, who were on holiday. They ran a stretch between Newport Beach and Pwllgwaelod Beach. The trails were so much better than I had predicted that we surprised Steve at Newport (CP4), who had just arrived and had popped to the cafe to get a coffee. We were about 40 minutes early than I had expected to be and then the last section took about 30 minutes less than I had predicted and so I finished about an hour earlier than expected. Even though on that last section I came down into a small bay which had no one in it at all and so I spent five minutes sitting and enjoying the stillness and peace. It was nice to pause for a few minutes towards the end of the day. I was able to be still, listen to the waves and clear my mind.

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