Red Kite

The race this weekend was Red Kite Weekend and came in just under my target time of 1:45 was quite pleasing. I don't think the local knowledge helped much, but it was a fun race.

The race very much lived up to its name. Just after I finished was Red Kite feeding time and to see around 100 of these birds of prey flocking was amazing. For the rights and wrongs of feeding and I guess many of these birds are dependent on being feed, when I was a child 30 years ago in the same part of Wales, it was special to see a Red Kite at all. Now a Red Kite is probably more common than a Crow which is I think a worthwhile tradeoff in the big scheme of things. I shall have to make it to Nant-y-Arian with the video camera at feeding time, the Red Kite is a spectacular bird.

I am going to have a break from races for a few months, get some more concentrated hill training in the bag over the summar, do family holidays etc and return to a couple of intesting races in late September.

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