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 :))

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures Pauline and what great weather! Gutted I couldn't make this race ... hopefully the sun shines for Langdale in a month or so!

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  2. Wonderful pictures Pauline and what cracking weather!

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  3. Cheers! Hope to catch up with you at Langdale :)

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