It was Mind over matter for Paul Chin Green who together with his brother Todd and other hardy souls, completed the Winter Run to the Castle Ultra on Saturday (9 December).
The west coast of Wales was cold and windy but snow-free, making it ideal for running 40/42 miles to Harlech Castle. There was a marathon option for anyone wanting a shorter distance with both groups setting off at 8.45am from Aberdyfi. The marathoners finished at Barmouth whilst the ultra runners continued towards Harlech.
Paul Chin Green was running on behalf of the mental health charity Mind and this event was one of several he has completed as part of his drive to raise awareness of mental illness. His family and friends are supportive of his challenges with several of them having experienced a mental health problem. Paul entered this race as a way of acknowledging this and to help others in a similar position via his fundraising efforts.
The field followed a well-signed coastal route along the beach, tracks and pavements, passing through Tywyn, Fairbourne and across Barmouth Bridge before arriving at the famous Castle town. They were fed and watered at four checkpoints along the way and were presented with an attractive, castle-themed medal at the finish.
Steve Minnikin won the ultra in 6:39:33. Shelley Thomas was the fastest female in 8:40:31.
Paul Green finished in 9:25:05 and Todd Green in 9:25:08.
This was another successful race from How Hard Can It Be Events & CODRC who hold a summer version of Run to the Castle as well as the winter version. Visit their website