Our plan sounds simple enough.
Starting on May 2nd 2017 in Chepstow we will run clockwise around the coast of Wales for 1400 kms, deviating only for a quick side-trip to knock off Snowdon, the country’s highest peak. On reaching the end of the Wales Coast Path we’ll pick up the Offa's Dyke Path and follow this more or less along the border of England and Wales for a further 285 hilly kms to arrive back where we started, hopefully on May 27th.
The reality is of course quite different: running around 70 kms of trail & climbing more than 1,000m each day will be punishing to say the least. And of course Wales isn't famous for balmy weather, so that could add an extra dimension to the challenge too! To put it all in perspective, this route has only ever been run twice before and the record stands at 39 days (without the detour up Snowdon!) So our plan to do it in 26 days is, to put it mildly, ambitious!
But hey, we love a challenge and it's all for a great cause so we’re looking forward to getting out there and giving it a nudge.
We will be carrying a SPOT tracker so you’ll be able to follow our progress in real time without leaving the comfort of your armchair - CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS (NB this will only be live from the time we start running on May 2nd)
Our provisional schedule looks like this. Yikes!
|Day 1 - May 2nd||Chepstow||Cardiff Bay||73km|
|Day 2 - May 3rd||Cardiff Bay||Porthcawl||74km|
|Day 3 - May 4th||Porthcawl||Oxwich||67km|
|Day 4 - May 5th||Oxwich||Llanelli||68km|
|Day 5 - May 6th||Llanelli||St. Clears||74km|
|Day 6 - May 7th||St. Clears||St. Govans Chapel||66km|
|Day 7 - May 8th||St. Govans Chapel||Ferry Cottage||72km|
|Day 8 - May 9th||Ferry Cottage||Porth Clais||69km|
|Day 9 - May 10th||Porth Clais||Pwllgwaelod||70km|
|Day 10 - May 11th||Pwllgwaelod||Llangrannog||66km|
|Day 11 - May 12th||Llangrannog||Borth||62km|
|Day 12 - May 13th||Borth||Fairbourne||69km|
|Day 13 - May 14th||Fairbourne||Abererch||76km|
|Day 14 - May 15th||Abererch||Morfa||74km|
|Day 15 - May 16th||Morfa||Caernarfon||61km|
|Day 16 - May 17th||Caernarfon||Menai Bridge (via Snowdon)||50km|
|Day 17 - May 18th||Menai Bridge||Rhoscolyn||74km|
|Day 18 - May 19th||Rhoscolyn||Cemaes||67km|
|Day 19 - May 20th||Cemaes||Menai Bridge||71km|
|Day 20 - May 21st||Menai Bridge||Rhyl||75km|
|Day 21 - May 22nd||Rhyl||Queensferry (end of WCP)||52km|
|Day 22 - May 23rd||Prestatyn (start of OD)||Chirk Mill||73km|
|Day 23 - May 24th||Chirk Mill||Brompton Crossroads||60km|
|Day 24 - May 25th||Brompton Crossroads||Hay-on-Wye||69km|
|Day 25 - May 26th||Hay-on-Wye||Monmouth||55km|
|Day 26 - May 27th||Monmouth||Sedbury Cliffs (end of OD)||28km|