Camping Snowdonia.

Me and my son decided to go out for a night of camping near Capel Curig in Snowdonia. It’s a short drive for me and a pleasure to spend some quality time with my boy (away from the girls) in a place we both love. It’s a working farm set amongst the mountains with views of Mount Snowdon near a lake. We had a great evening sitting around the fire stuffing our faces and putting the world to rights.

At about 06:30 I awoke with a bladder that felt like the size of a hot air balloon. Once the balloon was let down so to speak I looked across the lake to see the sun rising. It was simply stunning. Tom woke up and put his chin on my shoulder looking out to the scene and after a few minutes said “it’s too nice”

 

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Scotland – Christmas Break

Those days between Christmas and the New Year are usually lost on me and I sometimes end up doing nothing and regretting it. A couple of days ago I got back from a great couple of days spent in the southern parts of Scotland and exploring parts of Hadrians Wall in the far north of England.

We found ourselves on a dark Friday night walking to Tunskeen Bothy to spend the night. We were here just a few weeks ago and promised ourselves a quick return to do some more exploring of the area. There really is something quite special about opening the door to one of these cosey shelters and finding like minded people have left food, cut wood and other supplies for the next people who come across the place. We made ourselves a hot meal and had a good nights sleep.

Many northern parts of the UK have been hit by some serious flooding and as such we found ourselves cut off from the approach to a mountain we wanted to get up that day. So we made other plans to go and explore the nearby west coast. We went to 3 castles that day with one of them being Turnberry Castle which has links to Robert The Bruce and is thought to be his birthplace.

We decided to go to another bothy that night. It was some mileage away and again we found ourselves in the dark walking uphill in the driving rain among unfamiliar hills. When we found the building with our headtorches struggling to spread light in the foul weather we were rewarded with a wonderfully well kept mountain bothy. Another really great place that gave us another great nights sleep.

The next morning we awoke to a cold windy day and set off down the hills back to our transport.

On our way back we took in a walk along parts of Hadrians Wall with a visit to Birdoswald Fort. An incredible place that has opened the door for us to explore this border area in the future.

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Make Every Run An Adventure

An old friend of mine who is a really good runner used to stop at various churches on his long runs so he could get water from the hose pipes and taps that the graveyards have installed to water the flowers on the graves. If he went anywhere new with work he would get a map and plot the routes. He hated carrying bottles and belts etc. He used to say it was a great way to get to know an area and it was always new and interesting. An adventure.

 

The last 2 runs I have done were a bit of an adventure. There is off course the night run in the Lake District (see the below post) and today I am away from home because of work. I’ve been put in a hotel and I have hours to kill. I always take my running kit with me so soon after getting in my room I set off for a plod around the local area. At the first mile point I found a Vulcan Bomber! A bloody iconic Cold War era plane that was designed to drop bombs on the Russians. In my book that immediately excalted this run into an adventure. Sometimes you don’t plan it but I think and I honestly believe this is a great philosophy to take with you during your days of running.

Another good friend of mine always wants to tackle trails and get off road,preferably with some hills and great views because as he puts it ” I need the stimulus ” I know exactly what he means.

Salomon have integrated this into there latest promotions and Intersport have embraced it as part of there marketing campaign for there latest trainers which I have done a brief review about in another post. It’s a great idea.

So with that in mind I’m thinking about all the new routes I can take wherever I am. Sometimes try and get lost a bit, take that turn that you have never been down, you never know what you might find. If you find any Cold War bombers please let me know.

 

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Salomon X Celerate 2 GTX

The new Salomon X Celerate 2 City Trail Running Shoe ( exclusively available in Intersport stores ) is probably the perfect running shoe for this time of the year in Northern Europe especially here in the UK. Right now we are experiencing a series of storms coming in with a new name (I think we are on Storm Desmond) every few days or so. The GTX in the name is there because these trainers have that wonderful fabric Gore-Tex in them which will keep your feet nice and dry when you splash through those frequent puddles. Salomon are well know for building trainers that are more technical and aimed at a more dynamic sort of runner who may choose to do things a bit more differently than just pure road running. These fit that bill really well.

The shoe itself is comfortable, lightweight and packed with lots of neat features. I really like the Quicklace system (remember to tuck the plastic bit away in the pocket). The grip is Salomons own Contagrip sole which has sufficient depth for some off road work. The fabric as mentioned before is Gore-Tex but it’s also well constructed with some flexibility that really hugs your feet in a nice way. They are truly light in weight. You don’t need to get the scales out it’s that obvious but at the same time they feel robust. Salomon have done a great job here there is no doubt.

X-CELERATE 2 GTX

The new Salomon running shoe – X Celerate 2 X, is exclusively available in Intersport stores (www.facebook.com/IntersportUK)

There approach is to make every run an adventure which simply fits perfectly with my philosophy of running. Running in this country has completely changed in the last 10 years with events like Tough Mudders and those weekend festivals where they combine lots of running in a festival setting. These trainers are perfect for such events and approach to running.

X-CELERATE 2 GTX

 

With that it mind I’m going to do a separate post about making every run an adventure because that can literately take us anywhere.

I can see these Salomon X Celerate becoming my favorite shoe. On the runs I have done so far they have been great and I have had no problems at all. In fact I don’t think about them when I’m pounding away which means they are doing the job properly. Since I have got them I have banged out a good 50 miles on them. There has been no breaking in period in those miles at all. With no hot spots, rubbing or blisters they have already passed the test.

 

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