FKT: Ben Jones - Pembrokeshire Coastal Path: St Brides Bay (United Kingdom) - 2021-06-05

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6h 55m 2s

Starting at 8.20 leaving the lifeboat building at the bottom of the steps, I headed towards Porthclais Harbour where I met my support crew, my wife Cassie, to direct me through the harbour and back on to the coastal path. From here the route didn’t have too many climbs, I carried onto Solva, dropping down into the harbour where Cassie had parked up to replace empty water and hydration bottles (and top up with chocolate). The weather was getting windy at this point but onwards I went to Newgate, where it got quite blustery. It was a slight relief to run on tarmac, if only for a few minutes. My next meeting point for support was little haven. 21 miles in. I was struggling at this point as Newgate to Little Haven was undulating, to say the least. Also, running with an upset stomach due to a supplement drink that I reacted badly to meant there were a few more stops that I had anticipated. Seeing Cassie at Little Haven was a great relief. Cassie offered to run the last 11 miles of the route with me. The path became less undulating and a bit more sheltered with hedges. Although, parts were overgrown and quite tricky to navigate through at times!! We finished off running down the steps to the pebble beach at Martins Haven, 6h 55m after leaving St Justinian that morning. Touching the pebbles was a huge relief!