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!
On the way to the start of my leg – Rivington Reservoir – not a ripple!
Winter Hill from Hordern’s Stoop
Below Great Hill – the path back to Winter Hill
Still a bit of cloud in the valleys and catching Winter Hill
The shelter on Great Hill
Layers to the Mast on Winter Hill
Mr John Coope still going strong – it would be rude to reveal his age!
Signpost on Great Hill pointing directly to Winter Hill
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