A great reason for a day out on the fells supporting the runners on this Lakeland Classic. Lots of familiar faces and a big field for this championship race of just over 17 miles and climbed 7,000ft to complete the Borrowdale Fell race. My day was a little more leisurely as I joined forces with Mark and Rhiannan to job down to Seathwaite before climbing up to Styhead.
Pillar, from Windy Gap
Parking this way
Race Organiser, Scoffer gives last minute instructions
The runners on the first climb up to Bessy Boot
Great support from friends and families as the runners come in from the corridor route to Styhead
We just missed the lead runners going through, but a couple of the leading ladies quickly appeared.
Mark and I headed over to Windy Gap, traversing around Gable
Picking up some water en route
A variety of ‘routes’ off Gable down to the Gap
The weather all around was amazing – black as night over Helvellyn and thunder rumbling across the fells.
Running up the fells is just not tough enough for some – why not add a bit more of a challenge!
Cloud spilling over Pillar – taken from Windy Gap
With patches of blue over Gable
High Crag across Ennerdale
Taken immediately after in the opposite direction – towards Honister traversing Green Gable
Down to Honister and the last climb is in sight
Just Dale Head to do then!
Prize giving – the legendary Borrowdale runner Billy Bland, far right preferring a low key role.
Will anyone ever match his record in this race of 2hrs 34mins 38sec? A great day which couldn’t have taken place without the vast efforts of the Race Organiser, Andrew Schofield and his team, of which I’m sure everyone appreciated their effort.