Author: Alan Cole

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Machynlleth Lantern Parade and Fireworks 2023

It’s been ages since we were last at the Machynlleth Lantern Parade and Fireworks. We used to go every year and even entered our own lanterns for a few years (along with the Borth Scouts, while we were Scout Leaders I should add). I’ve just taken a look back through the weblog archives and it...

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OMM 2023 – North Wales – Day 2

I didn’t get any sleep at the OMM camp overnight, but I knew that would be the case and it was no big deal. I was therefore quite happy with Mikes’s idea to see if we could start earlier than planned on Day 2 so as to finish earlier and not have too long a...

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OMM 2023 – North Wales – Overnight Camp

After a long day in the hills we rocked up at the OMM campsite a little later than expected. It had been a little damp on the tops of the hills but down in the valley it was still dry so we soon had the tent up, sleeping mats inflated, warm clothes on and some...

Mike at the bottom of Pen yr Ole Wen 2

OMM 2023 – North Wales – Day 1

That was a fun weekend walking in the hills thanks to the 54th Original Mountain Marathon (OMM). After doing 53 of these things they should know what they are doing, and the organisation was amazing all the way through. As you know from my previous post, Lawrence, my original partner in crime for the OMM...


Changeable OMM

As expected, the weather for the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) this weekend looks somewhat changeable. Here’s the mountain forecast for the weekend. It should of course be slightly less cold at lower elevations! That’s not all that’s changeable for me. Lawrence’s health issues haven’t improved as much as he had hoped so he’s made the...

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Mountain Training

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m supposed to be doing the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) next weekend. It’s Lawrence’s fault as he suggested it, but since he did so, we’ve had little chance to get out ‘training’ together. We’ve been preparing in other ways, buying kit, practise packing, testing dehydrated meals and such like, but for...


20mph in Wales

I thought I’d wait a while before commenting on the new 20mph speed limits in Wales. At least until I’d had some time to drive in a variety of areas around the country. I’ve now done that and don’t really know what all the fuss is about. Driving around Wales Living in the middle of...

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Wales Coast Path Run – Musselwick Bay to Newgale

Coast Path Vital Stats Musselwick Bay to Newgale Distance: 15.19 miles Elevation Gain Today: 724m Highest Elevation: 87m Time: 2:46:55 Av. Pace: 10:59 mins/mile Calories: 11752 Totals to Date Total Distance: 983.83 miles Total Time: 184:30:24 Total Elevation Gain: 29785m Total Calories: 93844 Distance to go: 116 miles After a successful Coast Path run last...


Woodcock in the Garden

Look who I found hiding in the undergrowth in the garden this morning. A Woodcock. I assume there’s something not quite right with him but he seemed fairly happy and scuttled off once I’d taken a photo. I’ll shall check on him again later of he’s still there.


Ski Season Shopping in Bristol

We’ve just got back from a family visit to Bristol. With Morgan planning to head off to Canada to work in a ski resort for the winter we also took the opportunity to do some shopping for some suitable clothing whilst there. Being Morgan, he’s off to Canada to work in a ski resort having...