Frodo Goes to Wales

Last weekend, I traveled to Wales to basically run about with no planned route. My rule was I was not allowed to say “no” to any local route suggestion made by anyone I spoke to whilst out there. The result had me travel all along the north coast, and finish by climbing up Moel Siobod before returning to Betws-y-Coed.

This video shows some of my trip, and a fair bit of messing about. It also shows that I can’t say anywhere in Wales properly and I don’t seem to know what part of my phone does the filming.

Frodo in Wales

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Hi there,

As many of you already know, I do quite a lot of running about. I’m not the best at it, I’m certainly not the fastest at it, but I do lots of it!

This weekend, I am running around in Wales in search of the best places to run. Perhaps you’ve seen me out there, or I’ve spoken to you already. I’m not difficult to spot; I’m the one running around with a blue backpack and look like an idiot.

Macclesfield Trail Run

Sometimes it’s great just to drop your training agenda and just run about somewhere. The number of times I am so focused on getting further away (as is the nature of running), I don’t really notice where I am. This time, in the nice weather I decided to take my time and actually look around a bit.

Information that Strava gave me

Information that Strava gave me

Satellite map of the route

Satellite map of the route

Elevation profile

Elevation profile

My First 60 Mile Ultra!

DigDeep

The Peak District offers such a lot to runners. There is a bit of everything on a clear, sunny day. That is exactly what we got this year as we lined up by the start line of the Dig Deep – Ultra Tour of the Peak District at 8am with the sun beaming down generously.

Start

This was a 60 mile race up and down Peak District terrain around Sheffield. This meant hills. Lots of hills.

Profile of the course.

Profile of the course.

Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Marathon

Last year, after finishing the Greater Manchester Marathon in a time of 3:05, I decided that as a pre-30 ambition (I’m turning 30 on the 9th of June!) I wanted to run a sub-3 marathon. That meant I had a year and a bit to knock 5 minutes off my time; simple.

What I didn’t realise at the time was that the only events I would end up entering that year, would be hill-saturated, tricky trail marathons and I also foolishly got into running ultras. On top of this, another pre-30 ambition was creeping up, to run the length of the country; carrying all my stuff along the way.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 5

Frodo_LEJOGThe 5th and final part to my unassisted run from Lands End to John O’Groats. I had made it to Inverness the night before at around 10pm, and now out of the hostel at 9am and ready for a bit more running…

Day 24: Inverness to Tain

It felt good getting to Inverness right on schedule last night. It had been slow progress all the way from Perth, so finally having signs for Inverness pointing BEHIND me now was a big mental boost.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 4.

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Part 4!

Day 19: Dalgety Bay to Perth

Following yesterday’s excursions, I decided it best to start the day in the afternoon, with a chilled morning. Plus I’d not really caught up with my mate Ric Barnett properly since he first moved to Scotland, and like everyone else, had been a perfect host.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 3.

Frodo_LEJOG

Part 3 of my journey to Mordor… I mean John O’Groats. It’s now the start of my 3rd week and I’ve just made it to the Lake District. This is where things start getting a little trickier…

Day 14: Kendal to Patterdale

It’s Saturday! To many people, this means weekend. To me, it meant time to get moving again. Refreshed from a sleeping to 11am and with the rigors of yesterday behind me; I set off for the Lakes.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 2.

Day 8: Tintern Abbey to Hereford

This morning I got up ridiculously early. It was my naïve idea to pinch an extra few miles today by sleeping a bit less; a plan I would soon learn that does NOT work.

That morning’s run was amazing! Plodding up all of the country roads, plus there was more or less zero traffic to worry about.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 1.

There may not have been as many dragons, trolls or Nazgul to contend with on this journey. There were however a great many castles, misty mountains to pass through and I swear a couple of wizards I met on route. All in all, pretty similar to my last trip out; getting shut of that pesky ring.

So I have compiled a bit of a day to day summary of my unassisted run, spanning around 1,000 miles, which as you’ll see, began as a bit of a laugh and a joke; getting things wrong constantly and somehow getting away with it. To a progressively more serious, calculated and arduous ordeal; ultimately coming together as a great experience, meeting all different kinds of people along the way and seeing a lot of the country that most people never see.