This annual event is not run as a race, but rather as a group outing. However there are groups within the group. The route was devised by John Coope who completed, along with me, ten of the 12 summits covering the Winter Hill/Great Hill area in an 18 mile route.
SuperCoope taking the lead along Smithills Res
This year two groups quickly/slowly emerged. The fast group completed in about four and a half hours whilst the rest of us took a more leisurely and at times hysterical approach! With no cairn to be found at the summit of Spitler’s some folk set about building one – whilst others told new boy Tom that the tradition was for everyone to carry the biggest rock they could to the end!
The miles sped by in good hearted banter amongst which we included:
Posing for pictures – we did a lot of this! As you can see here
Enjoying the views
Loving the banter
Eating the gorgeous home made cakes and tea and coffee provided by Elaine
Lining up for more cake
Capturing the amazing cloud formations
Admiring the finger post on Great Hill
Planning the next outing!
You might gather from this that the social group took a bit longer to complete the course, but everyone who did the full route ran 18 miles and climbed almost 3,000ft. A great outing with gradely folk - it just shows fell running can be fun as well as challenging, Many more snaps of the day here including some of us actually running