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Countdown to my first trail marathon!

In just over a week I’ll be running my first trail marathon in Stroud, just two weeks after my first road marathon.

My legs feel good but my feet took a bashing during my first marathon and I had about 6 blisters as well as a painful big toe nail. 40 more words


A walk to Yantlet Creek

Just finished the first round of dawn bird surveys. Even at 6am on a barren grassland with an Arctic wind flying along the Thames then I know that this job is a privilege. 461 more words

Paper maps and the countryside - April 3rd

Trail walk to Srbsko, nice weather, bad map readers, good company. And a surprise encounter.


Across the Border.

This weekend, was to be my last opportunity until September to attend one of our local RSPB groups trips, and given that the destination was to be Ynys Hir, I was eager not to let it slip. 508 more words

Monsal Weir

Monsal Weir is a short walk below Monsal Head viaduct. It’s a great place to take photographs, but I picked the wrong day. The bright sunshine meant equally bright highlights on the water, giving a huge contrast between bright and shadow areas – my camera simply couldn’t cope. 42 more words