As soon as I heard this event had started I knew I wanted to do it, especially as I needed a number 2 for my Wilson Index (check out the running challenges chrome extension if you’re not sure what this is...)
Anyway, after speaking to a fellow runner at my home parkrun Severn Bridge, we decided to venture here together. We parked in the carpark and followed some other tourists up to the start. We knew it would be beautiful as we were surrounded by valleys and there was a river flowing by too.
By 0855 there was quite a gathering of runners, most there for the first time. There were lots from other parkruns in Wales but I think the furthest travelled up from Luton. The Run Director did a first timers briefing for everyone and at 0900 we all set off.
The first mile is all up hill. It’s tough if like me you normally run on flat but it was just so pretty! The path is nice and wide too so if you do have to stop and walk there is plenty of room for the faster runners to pass! Marshals were at key points so no fear of getting lost and they were all so enthusiastic and cheerful. You are rewarded by a mile downhill section to the finish funnel, this last bit is quite boggy so I was glad I wore my trail shoes!
After the run we went to the cafe by the carpark where we could get hot or cold drinks, cakes or bacon rolls. It really was a wonderful morning and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point!
Thanks to this weeks volunteers: Peter Anthony, Zoe Anthony, Susannah Bannon, Linda Bignell, Kevin Charles Booth, Ben Cotham, Gideon Dean, Nita Dean, Kate Everett, Emma Holst, Ioan Johns, Adrian Mahoney, Amanda Mahoney, Ben Owen, Gareth Owen, Harri Owen, Rachel Owen, Gaynor Penrose, Richard Penrose, Jonathan Robinson, Sari Robinson, Andrew Tamplin, Catherine Tamplin, Tim Washbrook, Billie Wherlock