Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rucksack Club Fell Race - Saturday 22nd September


Great weekend at High Moss in the Duddon Valley, the sun shone during the day and the temperature dropped to give a light frost overnight.   This low key score event has something for everybody and the organiser, Paul, stepping in to cover at quite short notice, put on a brilliant course with controls taking the runners/walkers to some wonderful locations out towards the coast in one direction and over towards Dow Crag and Seathwaite Tarn in the other.  Ros excelled both in the event and later in the kitchen.  A wonderful meal was enjoyed by all with nibbles beforehand outside in the evening sunshine.  The wine flowed and an extremely convivial evening was enjoyed in great company.

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Light frost Friday night giving way to amazing sunrise to greet us Saturday morning

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Harter Fell

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Splashes of sunshine above the frosted fields – Caw in the distance

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Out on the route

Keith and I made up a team allowing Ian to stretch his legs and have a faster run.

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Keith heading to the next control with the Duddon Estuary beyond

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Duddon Fells

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Tarn in sunshine

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Taking a bearing to the next control

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Intermittent cloud

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Duddon Estuary

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Evening sun on the fells at High Moss

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A short run on Sunday to collect some of the controls before heading home with a brief stop off for a couple of pics at the lovely little church in the hamlet of Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley.

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Seathwaite Church

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Great weekend thanks to the organisers Paul and Ros and to all who turned up and were rewarded by the wonderful weather of the weekend.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Three Shires Fell Race - 15th September 2012

Disappointment for some as the closure of the M6 resulted in huge delays for some runners, despite the race organiser delaying the start for half an hour.  Bright sun and pleasant breeze were ideal for anyone in the Lakes on Saturday.  This 13 miler starting from the Three Shires Inn takes the runners up over Wetherlam, Swirl How down Wet Side Edge to the Three Shires Stone over the Pike o’Blisco across to Blea Tarn before the final climb on to Lingmoor Fell and the descent back to the pub.

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Perfect conditions for this Lakeland Fell Race produced a good turn out

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Why not add a few miles to the day by biking to and from!

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Others walked to the start from the car park

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Others wondered what all the fuss was about

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A rare sight – basking in the sunshine before the start of a Lakeland Fell Race

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Ilkley are out in force

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Catching up with mates before the start

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They’re off

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Time for a coffee at the pub before heading down the road for a short distance before leaving the tarmac and taking the path via High Bield.   A bit of a ghyll scramble to take me directly up on to the race route across Lingmoor Fell.

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On the path from High Bield

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Looking down to Little Langdale from the climb up to Lingmoor Fell

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Stumbled across this little cave whilst ghyll scrambling up on to Lingmoor

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Little Langdale Tarn

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The Ling (Heather) after which Lingmoor is named – truly at its best just now

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Tortured tree!

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Looking across to the race route from the climb onto Lingmoor Fell- look closely to see the runner

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A nice little trod that most of the runners missed, but not this lady!

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Looking down to Little Langdale from the old quarry buildings on Lingmoor

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Bob on the final descent

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Still blue skies at the end of the race

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Back at Three Shires

Great day out catching up with friends old and new!   All thanks to race organisers without the hours of work they put in days like this wouldn’t happen :))

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Westhoughton Trigpoint – Sunday 9th September


Finding myself home alone today as Ian tackles the long course at the Mountain Trial I opted for a local run over the tracks and paths from the front door.   Found some great little trods of interest when time is short and visited my nearest trigpoint which is just a couple of miles from the house.  I actually tried to get to this trigpoint on Wednesday evening at dusk when the paths weren’t so obvious, hence today’s recce.

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Sunset on Wed night somewhere ‘near’ the trigpoint!


Approaching the trigpoint


Here it is!


On the edge of a field of wheat


Golden wheat and blue skies = perfect run :~)