Well I've just about recovered from this year's Snowdonia Challenge event. 42 teams of highly trained athletes pitting their collective wits against the highest Welsh peaks and the darkest Celtic forests. Or something like that.
Our team, Lost Patrol, managed to combine a healthy intake of beer and pub food with a creditable 8th place in the competition, our highest in three years of competing. We managed to finish the 29 mile course in just over 14 hours which either means we're all fitter than usual or nobody got lost this year! The pressure's on for another top ten finish next year.
I would normally provide a link to our excellent accommodation but it was so good that I don't want other teams to find out where it was and book it before us for next year. Suffice to say that, after staying in a spider-infested shed of a bunkhouse two years ago and the distinctly more plush Capel Curig Youth Hostel last year I have finally found some accommodation that suits the team to a tee.
A big thumbs up to the Tyn-y-Coed pub this year for providing excellent food and beer, and somewhere to watch the football. Even the otherwise dreadful Russia v Greece game was made endlessly more pleasant by a pint of Spitfire and a big plate of sticky toffee pudding. It was all fuel for the following day's walking. Honest...