Sunday, 14 October 2012

Langdale Fell Race Sat 13th October 2012

Amazing conditions for the Langdale Fell Race yesterday.  A short walk/climb with Keith who’s recovering and building fitness.  After a very poignant start to the race after the tragedy of last weekend the runners set off up to Stickle Tarn and into the Langdale Pikes.  We took the path up to Pike o’Bliscoe to see them later on the route.  A short shower hit on the climb, but then as we approached the summit we emerged through the cloud to look back at Pike o’Stickle, the Guarding of the Langdales.

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Pike o’Stickle emerging from the clouds

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Great Langdale

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Race start – the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel with shafts of sunshine beginning to pierce the cloud base

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Bow Fell in the cloud

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Looking back to Pike o’ Blisco

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Another spectator

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Clouds in the valley with Pike o’Stickle standing proud

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Skiddaw in the far distance just below the cloud

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Crinkle Crags

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Bow Fell

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Runners heading back to Pike o’Blisco

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End of the Crinkles

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Walkers on Crinkle Crags

At the end of the Crinkles is the Bad Step.  Many runner chose an alternative route, but others tackled it head on.

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The queue on the Bad Step

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Lending a hand

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Looking down to the Langdale Valley below from the summit

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Raven surveying his territory

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Heading down The Band

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From the valley

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Reflecting on a superb day in the Langdales


  1. Great photographs, great day.

    1. Terrific photos. I ran the race and didn't see any of this!

    2. Aye, racing's like that ;~) Great day 'though

  2. Lovely photo's. Thanks for sharing.

  3. lovely photo's. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for taking the time to comment guys : )

  5. Beautiful pictures, Pauline, to match a beautiful race. Langdale has always been a special race to me but last Saturday was even more evocative as it was my first outing onto the fells after Darren's death. The comments from other runners were very special and, as you said, the weather was kind and produced some marvelous vistas which made the whole race a very pleasant outing - full of autumnal colours and memories.

    One of the pictures shows two of the Pennine runners (Lisa Bloor helping Claire Parker to descend the Bad Step) and I wondered if you would object to my using a low res copy of this to illustrate a post I am writing for the Pennine Blog?

  6. Beautiful pictures, Pauline, and what a beautiful event the Langdale Horseshoe was last Saturday. This has always been a special race to me, and Saturday's was even more evocative because it was my first outing onto the fells after Darren's death the week before. The weather (kinder than the forecast) and the soft autumn colours made the whole day magic - lots of lovely views and memories!

    One of your pictures shows two Pennine runners (Lisa Bloor assisting Claire Parker on the Bad Step) and I wondered if you would allow me to use a low res copy to illustrate a report I was writing for the Pennine Blog (I'll credit you of course)?

    1. Couldn't agree more Alan a moving tribute at the start and the glorious day on the fells seemed very fitting. Delighted that you want to use the pic - I published a more exciting one on Lis's FB page if you're interested : )

  7. Sorry Ed I managed to delete your comment rather than publish it. So here it is anyway:

    "I was also too busy picking my feet out of the bogs to spot any of this, so thanks for these wonderful photos." Comment from Ed