Saturday, 5 January 2013

Andy’s Coope’s Dozen

 

Today Andy completed Coope's Dozen 18 miles over 12 summits of the West Pennine Moors with about 3,000 ft of ascent.  A good training day for a much bigger challenge that he hopes to complete later in the year.  We all complete this round at least once a year as an annual challenge, but Andy was going for a fast time as part of his preparations.  Being a little younger than the rest of us, we supported him as a kind of relay event so that he could get the time that he wanted which was 4hrs 20mins including stops and just under 4hrs if he took the stoppage out - he was happy with that. 

I had the pleasure to be in the company of Mr John Coope, the originator of this route, for part of the morning.  Others completed sections in pairs etc.  A great fun day out was had by all in perfect conditions, if slightly wet underfoot!  

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On the way to the start of my leg – Rivington Reservoir – not a ripple!

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Winter Hill from Hordern’s Stoop

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Below Great Hill – the path back to Winter Hill

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Still a bit of cloud in the valleys and catching Winter Hill

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The shelter on Great Hill

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Layers to the Mast on Winter Hill

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Mr John Coope still going strong – it would be rude to reveal his age!

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Signpost on Great Hill pointing directly to Winter Hill

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Andy looking strong on Great Hill – about two thirds of the way round

Few fellrunners use these slabbed paths, they’re far too dangerously slippy and if you fall – and you will - its much better to hit the soft ground.  Today is what fellrunning is all about - sharing the hills and mountains, with like-minded folk who will do whatever they can to support any mad challenges that you care to come up with Smile

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