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From a bimbler to a runner

By Dave Roberts   

on February 23, 2011    No ratings yet.

From a bimbler to a runner

While some of you may already be aware of the Walk Eryri website, that has been about the more sedate activity of walking up to now. Part of the reason, I suppose, that the site has been so quiet over the last year is that I’ve been struggling with this running malarkey. I think, during the last 18 months, if there’s an injury to be picked up, I’ve managed it. From shin splints, runners knee and a permanent crepitus in the knee (must be the same etymology as decrepit). Finally, i think, I’m getting to the point where I can manage a decent distance every week and hopefully I can build up the ascent. For if I’ve learnt two things, they’re:

1 – Running is an activity undertaken between injuries.

2 – Fell Running is incredibly hard (especially so if you’re running with more extra weight than the average runner weighs in total) You could add a third – that it’s difficult to find some images to represent ‘running’, so here’s a token image.

Ideal terrain for a bit of a trail run near Nant Gwynant.

A few routes on Walk Eryri (soon to be placed on Mud and Routes) lend themselves to running: Around Llyn Padarn – classic run. Lon Gwyrfai, with a diversion over an old track (hopefully it won’t get tarmacked) Llynnoedd Crafnant and Geirionnydd – a challenging, but classic trail run!

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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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