DIARY: Snowdon Stories

I had a terrific weekend at Snowdon despite the heartbreak of missing out on yet another of the seasons big targets.

I've put up a little report on the IMRA website: here

An obvious highlight was getting the chance to get to know more about the true legends of fell running from the likes of John O'Connell and John Brooks. John Brook's tale on how he saw Douglas Barry go mad with excitement as John Lenihan swept down from the mountain as first man in the 1991 World Trophy was interesting, especially as John Brooks was just 15 years old at the time.

What a feeling it must have been to go over many years later and beat John Lenihan on his home turf having seen him as a wee teenager win the World's.

Other than that healing seems to be going fine, and my shape isn't too damaged yet. I jogged up Snowdon with Bernard in an effective time of about 1:01, even walking the first 500m on the flat as we had to stop for traffic in Llanberis. We did have the benefit of a break midway to go buy two bottles of Lucozade in the shop on the ascent. Still this makes me hopeful that my original target of breaking the hour for the ascent and the half hour for the descent would have been possible.

Having again savoured the atmosphere with delight, I will definitely be back next year, and if I can start training properly, 1:25 seems like the next natural target, but I'll know more as I come out of my Winter training.

Next up is a weekend in Connacht, where I am doing summit marshal at Croagh Patrick and midway marshal at Ben Gorm. That should keep me out of trouble.

I have also learned a new technique of plantar taping and bought rigid sole Salomon's, both of which I will test today.