Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wasdale ‘Horseshoe’ Fell Race Saturday 12th July

In the Lakes to take some pics, support friends and family on the route and generally have a great day on the fells.  One of the Lakeland classics ‘Wasdale’ takes the runners over 21 miles of mountainous terrain with a climb of 9.022ft (2750m).   The race record for the men was set in 1982 at 3hrs 25mins with the ladies record at 4hrs 12mins and the lady you see below came within seconds of breaking the record for the race – an amazing feat.  As I’m one of the fainthearted for whom this race is not, I had a gentle jog up to Sty Head, along the Corridor Route and up onto England’s highest mountain Scafel Pike (3,209ft) before following the race route back to the finish.

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Wastwater on the way to the race start

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This sheep had made its way onto one of the tiny islets

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Race start – my Ian in the Bowland vest -  two incredible ladies of the fells behind Nicky Spinks (R) discussing route choices with Jasmin Paris (L)

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Race organiser Richard Eastman getting them sorted

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Random kit checks to ensure everyone is carrying mandatory safety gear

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They’re off!

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Towards the Scafells from the path up to Sty Head

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Lingmell Fell (L) with Great Gable beyond

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The highest point in England Scafell Pike

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Marshalling can be a bit tedious until the runners arrive – still, good signal from the summit!

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On Scafell Pike - Yiannis looking for the first runners to appear on the path from Great End

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Looking at Pillar from Scafell Pike

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First on Scafell Pike and race winner Simon Harding (Macc Harriers)

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and First Lady Jasmin Paris – more significantly Third Overall, beating some top class men on the day

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Stepping into the Frame this young fella has no idea he’s in the company of fellrunning royalty lol - as Jasmin turns to head down from the highest point in the race

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Marshalls – without whom no fell race could take place

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The runner hands over his tag so that all competitors can be accounted for at the end of the race

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Where climbing began – Wasdale Head and its Inn

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Wasdale Head nestling below some of the greatest mountains in the Lake District

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Back at the finish and a weather front is moving in bringing rain on the tops – Looking up at the gap between the Scafells, Mickledore

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…and finally Great Gable

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