Cardiff Explorers – October Talk (18th Oct 2012)

Come along to Terra Nova in Cardiff Bay on Thursday 18 October to hear from Arry Beresford-Webb and her little run around Wales. Arrive at 7pm. Talk starts at 7.45pm. Informal event with 2-4-1 on food from Terra Nova for all Cardiff Explorers guests.

Dragon Run 1027 was a multi day ultramarathon, around the entire perimeter of Wales, a distance of over 1027 miles.

Arry ran the entire distance, which amounts to the equivalent of 40 marathons, back to back, within 41 days. Arry’s longest single day running was 38 miles on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

The route consisted of 2 National Trails: The All Wales Coast Path (that officially opened as Arry finished on 5th May), and The Offa’s Dyke path, which runs the length of the Wales/England border. The run was on rough terrain throughout, making this an ultra trail run as opposed to a road run. This presented a number of additional challenges with regards to balance, concentration and the need to have continually fast reactions to cope with the changing environments. It is also, by no means a flat run, with ascents and descents totalling 40,000m throughout, not to mention navigation challenges! As Arry ran a majority of the mileage on the coastline, she had to cope with some particularly challenging weather conditions, wind proving to be the biggest enemy.

Arry started on Roald Dahl’s Plas in Cardiff bay on Saturday 24th March and after numerous navigation issues, cliff edge “incidents”, epic blisters and tests of mental and physical endurance, she finished at the launch of the Wales Coast Path on 5th May 2012 back where she started.

Prior to this challenge, Arry was a regular road runner, but had never competed at distances further than half marathon. Her first long distance run was 32 miles on trails, which she completed 2 weeks prior to setting off for the challenge, just to confirm in her mind that she could do it!