Mary Jones run

The Mary Jones running team at the end of the run

Well we did it. The weather was atrocious to start off with. In fact we had to miss the first stage entirely because the road was closed by flooding and a landslide. So we had to start off from Minnford car park at the base of Cader Idris – that still gave us 25 miles to run to Bala.  In all 8 did the run in part or in its entirety running at the pace of the slowest (usually me!). After the first couple of hours the rain lifted. We carried a backpack containing a Welsh bible, an English bible and a digital bible on an Android mobile phone.  We ran carrying scrolls from the Greek and Hebrew of the original bible text and changing them at every stage of 5-6 miles to more recent translations until on the final leg we were carrying a sample of Mark’s gospel in Welsh that was only published last year.  The support team were great. We had to use walkie talkies to communicate because there was no mobile signal most of the time.  That evening there was a short service of thanksgiving in the churchyard at Llanycil just outside of Bala by the tomb of the Rev Thomas Charles the minister whose house Mary Jones had walked to to get her Bible. Thomas Charles was so inspired that in 1804 he founded the Bible Society which today still distributes over 5 million bibles a year to those who can’t afford them.

There was great enthusiasm not only from the runners but those who came to cheer us on. Many plan to run with us when we come back next year to run the course again hopefully this time starting from Mary Jones cottage if the weather allows.  If you want to make a donation to the Bible Society to sponsor the run then here’s the link: https://www.justgiving.com/biblebeaconchallenge

If you’re interested in running next year, or walking or supporting the run then do get in touch. It was an amazing experience both to run it and to meet such passionate and enthusiastic supporters!

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