Harlech Triathlon’s Anne Fuller takes you through a stunning beach training run on the beautiful West Wales coast.
You can do a variety of training sessions on the sand: strength training on the soft sand and dunes; intervals on the hard sand; or best of all, take off your shoes and run in the warm shallows – tired legs and niggling injuries soon disappear.
At low-tide run along the beach between Harlech and Barmouth – about 13 miles, with a short stretch on the road between Llanfair and Shell Island. Ordnance Survey map OL18 covers the area. If you don’t want to do the full distance, here are some options: Harlech offers stunning views of the mountains and Lleyn Peninsula and 5km of flat sands as well as dunes – follow signs for the beach off the A496.
Or continue on the A496 to Dyffryn Ardudwy and turn down Ffordd Bennar to the beach where you can run for miles. For post-run cafés head for Barmouth and follow signs to the sea front. There’s plenty of parking on the promenade. From Barmouth run across the estuary, using the railway bridge, to take advantage of the Mawddach Trail. This beautiful old railway line runs up the side of the estuary to Dolgellau, about seven miles away (www.mawddachtrail.co.uk). If you don’t live in the area why not visit for a holiday or the Harlech Triathlon on 15 May.