Saturday, 31 August 2013

Healey Nab, Great Hill, Winter Hill and Noon Hill

Sunny conditions with a cooling breeze on the tops for this morning’s run.  A steady 13 and a half miles in good company and great views.  Here’s just a few Smile

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Winter Hill with its masts

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On our way to Healey Nab – Stricken!

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Sheep Dip

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Heather time – on Brinscall Moor on the way up to Great Hill

After lunch Ian and I had a stroll round the old mill village of Barrow Bridge with its tumbling streams and cottages

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Guard dog

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Chipping Show and Fell Race

This show has a real community feel to it from the kids egg and spoon race, sheep racing, the dog with the friendliest face to the 12k fell race up to Paddy’s Pole and back to the show field.

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One of the highlights of the show – the runners (the sheep) and the riders (the Teddy Bears)

With my usual eye for a winner my bet went on number 4 who managed to get his head stuck in the fence during the race!

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The racers being shepherded back to the race course

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That’s my girl No. 4 head well and truly stuck in the fence

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Start of the Fell Race – expertly managed by Preston Harriers – the runners

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Race winner and new course record holder Danny Hope

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In Tilletsons for a swift half before leaving Chipping

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Albert’s Joss Naylor Challenge

Albert gave us all a wonderful day all over the Lakeland Fells from Pooley Bridge on the side of Ullswater to Greendale Bridge on the shores of Wastwater.  He nailed the 48 miles and 17,000ft of climbing that is the Joss Naylor Challenge by completing in 11hrs 33mins – fantastic achievement!  A great team supporting him on the hills and I was proud to support him at the road crossings and meet him on the top of Middle Fell for the run down to Greendale Bridge where Joss was waiting to congratulate him.

Full set of pictures.

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Daybreak at Kirkstone Pass

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Off they go!

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Poor conditions at the first road crossing at Kirkstone Pass

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A bit brighter at Dunmail Raise

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Albert’s keen to press on and leads the team on Leg 3

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Meanwhile the support crew having stopped for a nice coffee at Gosforth arrive at Wasdale

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Afternoon sunshine on the Screes at Wasdale

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Waiting on Middle Fell with the weather closing in again – Wastwater below

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Middle Fell summit cairn

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The weather arrives

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Mark looking out for the team

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Here they come!

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Smiles all round – it’s in the bag!  Ian, Albert and Graeme

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Albert and a delighted Tom recording the time at the summit of Middle Fell

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Just the run down to Greendale Bridge on Joss’s path

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and a celebratory dram on the Bridge at Greendale

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Congratulations from Joss

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Evening sun on the Screes at Wasdale

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Been a long day for everybody – setting sun from the coast road on the way home Smile

Monday, 12 August 2013

Winter Hill and Great Hill – Saturday 10th August

Sunshine and cloud all around on Saturday’s run over the West Pennine Moors, but we were lucky and the waterproofs weren’t needed.

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Which way does the wind blow!

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The Lancashire plain

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A quick stretch

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Up to the gate

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Rivington Pike with rain clouds all around

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Artistic cairn at Two Lads

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Approaching Great Hill – Winter Hill from where we’ve come, behind

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Darwen Tower from Great Hill

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Heading down to White Coppice

Instead of our usual route back along the footpath Ed took us up above the quarries where the millstone gritstone was excavated.   There are three partially completed millstones two of which you can see below.  Who knows why they were left uncompleted, maybe the technology changed, a fault in the rock we’ll never know.

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