Sunday, 5 August 2012

Borrowdale Fell Race Saturday 4th August 2012

 

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.

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Pillar, from Windy Gap

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Parking this way

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The start

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Race Organiser, Scoffer gives last minute instructions

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They’re off!

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The runners on the first climb up to Bessy Boot

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Great support from friends and families as the runners come in from the corridor route to Styhead

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We just missed the lead runners going through, but a couple of the leading ladies quickly appeared.

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Mark and I headed over to Windy Gap, traversing around Gable

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Picking up some water en route

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A variety of ‘routes’ off Gable down to the Gap

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The weather all around was amazing – black as night over Helvellyn and thunder rumbling across the fells.

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Running up the fells is just not tough enough for some – why not add a bit more of a challenge!

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Cloud spilling over Pillar – taken from Windy Gap

 

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With patches of blue over Gable

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High Crag across Ennerdale

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Taken immediately after in the opposite direction – towards Honister traversing Green Gable

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Down to Honister and the last climb is in sight

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Just Dale Head to do then!

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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.

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