Monday, 27 August 2012

Lakeland 4 x 3s Sunday 26th August 2012


This used to be an organised event in the Lakes walking/running over the four three thousand feet summits of Skiddaw, Scafell, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn.  As the event is no longer put on, Ian and Steve decided to run the route and asked if I would provide the road support, which I was happy to do.  Well it’s not like I need an excuse for a weekend in the Lakes, but…

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Doesn’t look too bad here, but this was after the climb up to Skiddaw and back

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This was the start  – 7.00am at the foot of Skiddaw

The next support point was at Seathwaite, so driving down Borrowdale a quick stop off on the shores of Derwent Water

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Derwent Water

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By the time the runners arrived at Seathwaite the rain was back on, so a quick stop for a hot drink and to pick up kit for the long stretch over the Scafells and down to Wythburn.

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Tough one for me on this section, first stop the Flock Inn Tea Room in Rosthwaite for cappuccino and a scone.

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Open top bus to Keswick (empty!) – taken from the terrace at the Flock Inn

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A drive up to Honister up the valley through Seatoller

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Cyclists at Honister – having a bit of a mechanical incident I think

Amused myself by taking a few detail shots around the quarry before a stroll up on to Dale Head.

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Looking back down the road from Honister Quarry

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This one seemed to call out for black and white

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Atmospheric conditions on the climb up to Dale Head

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Looking down to Buttermere

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Looking back at the mine workings from Dale Head

Next support point was at Wythburn, by which time the weather was vastly improved for the last climb up over Helvellyn, before the final six mile road run back to Keswick.

Meanwhile I popped down to Grasmere to admire the blue sky and sunshine, oh and to avail myself of a little light refreshments.

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Glorious sunny evening in Grasmere, with evidence of the rain earlier in the day

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Having covered 48 miles and climbed 13,000ft in 14 hours 38 mins, to say that the lads were disappointed to learn that all the chippies in Keswick had closed at 9.00pm doesn’t come close!  A great day was had by all Smile

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