Photos from the Welsh Castles Relays (v4)

‘The Welsh Castles’ is a 20 stage relay from Caernafon Castle to Cardiff Castle, covering 210 miles and a lot of logistics.

Llangollen is a great place to stop and refuel on fish and chips
Llangollen is a great place to stop and refuel on fish and chips

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Richard demanded and got the very best
Richard demanded and got the very best
The River Dee rises in Snowdonia, where we are heading
The River Dee rises in Snowdonia, where we are heading

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The Llangollen station was built in 1865, and is a popular subject for railway modellers
The Llangollen station was built in 1865, and is a popular subject for railway modellers

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Saturday morning, and our superheroes gather in Caernafon
Saturday morning, and our superheroes gather in Caernafon
Our superheroes gather for 210 miles of fun
Our superheroes gather for 210 miles of fun

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Jullian sets off at the start of leg 1.  210 miles of running lie ahead of us
Jullian sets off at the start of leg 1. 210 miles of running lie ahead of us
A cycle path runs past the Inigo Jones centre (where I learned the Welsh for 'coffee Americano')
A cycle path runs past the Inigo Jones centre (where I learned the Welsh for ‘coffee Americano’)
On leg 2, Anneke reaches for a pint outside the 'Goat Inn'
On leg 2, Anneke reaches for a pint outside the ‘Goat Inn’
A fast, downhill finish in Criccieth
A fast, downhill finish in Criccieth
Another fast downhill finish awaited Colin at the end of leg 3, after some rather nasty hills (and no support)
Another fast downhill finish awaited Colin at the end of leg 3, after some rather nasty hills (and no support)
As an experienced photographer, I know to avoid having trees sticking out  of peoples heads
As an experienced photographer, I know to avoid having trees sticking out of peoples heads
Leg 6 starts along to prom at Barmouth
Leg 6 starts along to prom at Barmouth
Kelly looked cool every inch of the way along the prom
Kelly looked cool every inch of the way along the prom
On leg 7, Scott had a tough run to Dinas Mawddwy (luckily, he didn't have to ask the way)
On leg 7, Scott had a tough run to Dinas Mawddwy (luckily, he didn’t have to ask the way)

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Alex ready for the off, on leg 8
Alex ready for the off, on leg 8
As well as the caravan of participants, the event got plenty of support from local residents
As well as the caravan of participants, the event got plenty of support from local residents
Striding out to the finish
Striding out to the finish
Ed had Saturday's last leg, an unenviable half marathon on switch-back hills, but he did get the opportunity to pick some pretty flowers
Ed had Saturday’s last leg, an unenviable half marathon on switch-back hills, but he did get the opportunity to pick some pretty flowers
Sunday morning breakfast.  Pat and Tony were the real superheroes of the weekend, catering for 20 hungry runners in all conditions
Sunday morning breakfast. Pat and Tony were the real superheroes of the weekend, catering for 20 hungry runners in all conditions

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This is where the boys slept...
This is where the boys slept…
... and this is where the girls were still sleeping
… and this is where the girls were still sleeping
The flowers that Ed picked for Sarah
The flowers that Ed picked for Sarah
Colin planning ahead
Colin planning ahead
There were some familiar faces acting as marshals at the end of stage 12
There were some familiar faces acting as marshals at the end of stage 12

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Dave coming in to the finish of stage 12
Dave coming in to the finish of stage 12
Stage 13 setting off, with Clive tucked in.  This was the scene at 9am on what would be another hot day.
Stage 13 setting off, with Clive tucked in. This was the scene at 9am on what would be another hot day.
Fred Flintstone filling up the minibus
Fred Flintstone filling up the minibus
The start of stage 18
The start of stage 18
Richard tucked in with a good group
Richard tucked in with a good group
'You're wanted on the bat-phone'
‘You’re wanted on the bat-phone’
Oli coming in to finish on the 20th and final stage.  210 miles and no mishaps (well, nothing serious)
Oli coming in to finish on the 20th and final stage. 210 miles and no mishaps (well, nothing serious)
Our superheroes celebrate another successful weekend
Our superheroes celebrate another successful weekend
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