It seems such a long way away, June 2012. 8 months in fact, you could do a lot of things in 8 months, like organise a trail marathon!
Having hatched the plan of Trail Marathon Wales some months ago it became a reality yesterday when the new website went live. But this is only the beginning. Not one to rest on my laurels after the button was pushed by top web girl Nat Burch, I had arranged a meeting at Coed y Brenin with Frank and Andrea from the Meirionnydd running club to start to look at the route.
After a couple of brews one thing is for sure, the TMW will have a stunning, challenging and diverse route. I am confident that with theirs, and other local terrain expert’s help, we can deliver one of the most memorable races for those that rise to the occasion next June.
Then it was onto a quick chat with MTB Ranger Andy Braund and Recreation Ranger Graeme Stringer. What these boys don’t know about CyB isn’t worth knowing! It was then onto taking about permissions and the statuary requirements when putting on events like this at a Forestry Commission Wales venue.
So, having bedded myself in with the ‘team’ at Coed y Brenin I am confident that their help and vast experience will make my life a lot easier – it’s great to be working with like-minded people who have the same goal.
As daunting as it may seem right now, organising this event will be enjoyable, of that I am sure. Coed y Brenin has a legendary status when it comes to mountain biking, and over the next 8 months I am hoping to plant a small acorn in this vast forest that will recognise that not only is it a great MTB venue, but can be a great running venue, and running event venue.
Let the games begin!