Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Saturday 15th June

Just for the occasional Saturday morning participant, I will be at the Bottom Barn at 8:30 a.m (or very soon after) this coming Saturday; hope to have company.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Calderdale Way Ultra Sat 1st June

Back in 2017 I thought I'd set myself the challenge of doing a 50 mile race to celebrate my 50th in 2018. The Calderdale Way Ultra fitted the bill, it was 50m and I knew the route. Life intervened, and a lack of training meant the project got shelved.

Xmas 2018 and thoughts of 'can I do it' resurfaced, returning to the website I found the race had grown an extra 2 miles longer! The official stats were now 52.8m and 2128m of climb (approx 7000ft)

6 months later and I was on the start line. If I was to complete, it'd be the furthest and longest I'd be on my feet in one go. A total of 16 hrs allowed, starting at 6am and finishing by 10pm. In training I'd struggled to meet the required pace for leg 2, so this was going to be the critical leg.

Pacing schedule from the organisers was as follows

Start to CP1 11.90m   cut off  09:15am 16.4 mins per mile    time allowed for leg 3hrs15mins
CP1 to CP2 11.32m    cut off 12:30pm 17.2 mins per mile     time allowed for leg 3hrs15mins
CP2 to CP3 10.76m    cut off 15:45pm 18.1 mins per mile     time allowed for leg 3hrs15mins
CP3 to CP4 6.88m      cut off 17:45pm 19.6 mins per mile     time allowed for leg 2hrs
CP4 to CP5 6.83m      cut off 20:00pm 17.5 mins per mile     time allowed for leg 2hrs15mins
CP5 to finish 5.49m    cut off 22:00pm 21.9 mins per mile     time allowed for leg 2hrs

Well I won't keep you in suspense any longer this is what I managed.

I DID IT!!!!

These are my split times

Julie Laverock
Female Vet 50

Finish Time: 15:43:10
T-Rank: 43
MF-Rank: 9
AG-Rank: 4


A bit of time gained for 1st leg, allowed a bit of slippage for leg 2, but I had 10 mins in hand for leg3, a bit of a stop at 30m point to change over my innersoles and take an opportunity to buy a drink. Leg 4 starts with a long road descent and barring one small climb is mainly flat, I was feeling good and was able to keep up a good run/walk strategy and got into the CP with 10 mins in hand. I'd done leg 5 in 2 hrs in training (very easy pace) and had 2.5 hrs.

I knew I had to be at the pub (Hinchcliffe Arms, Cragg Vale for 7.30pm to stand any chance of getting to the reservoir at the top in time for the cut off. I was there at 7.30pm and powered up in 15mins. We had to call in at the feed station before we were allowed to cross the timing mat for the next leg, so essential arrived with 15mins in hand.

Would I recommend it, yes but for this race you really do need to know the route like the back of your hand if you run at my pace. I helped a number of people stay on route, met one poor girl who'd been going round in circles for 40mins on leg 2! The longest run I'd done in training was 29m, but I had also done a number of 8-10hr days with lots of climbing.

Finally the trekking poles. I started with them at 4m mark on the first steep climb, and kept them in my hands until the finish.

(me at 3m, other photos available here

My next challenge, running a 5k in 1 week as part of a nhs team for the NHS triathlon. Start & Finish at the Leisure Centre in Bromley Cross.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Something to CRO about

Last Saturday was the annual CRO (Cave Rescue Organisation) challenge. there is a choice of two routes, a 12 miler or a marathon. As I am looking to get some long runs in, I signed up for the marathon, and so at 9.30 I was on the start line outside Clapham church.
The route starts off by going through two tunnels and up a long very stony path. However, after a couple of miles we were on the open fell and the running became much more enjoyable. The "we" being myself, Helen (one of my Thursday girls) and Rachel (who I hadn't met before and who is Helen's friend). After 6 miles we reached the summit of Ingleborough (2372ft)
and then came the bit I had been most worried about. Those of you familiar with the 3 Peaks route will be aware that just below the summit of Ingleborough there is a very steep climb: this was our way down!

Fortunately, I have got a lot better at descending and it wasn't too bad. The next bit was very enjoyable, going round the edge of Simon's Fell and Park Fell, past Alum Pot to road at Selside. The route then turned north again to meet up with the Pennine way near High Birkwith, before going down the PW to Horton in Ribblesdale. It was on this section that we were met by SWINW who had brought food but forgotten the tea! Never mind, we were going well and soon reached Horton.

The short road section seemed to affect us all and we found the climb up out of Horton quite tough, but were soon rewarded by a great descent through Thieves' Moss to Wharfe.

Now whoever selected the route must have a nasty streak in them, as we now had to descend to Austwick and then we faced a steep climb (at 25 miles) up to Norber. It really was a killer! However, from there it was down hill to the finish and some much needed tea and cake. Thanks to helen and Rachel for their company over what turned out to be 27+ miles and almost 4000ft of climbing.
Next year anyone?

Monday, May 13, 2019

This Is Not the End... is not even the beginning of the end; it is only the end of the beginning. Not, as you may be thinking, of my 'running' career, but of the ongoing - Saga of the Passes.

In 2017 we attempted all seven, but only managed four. In 2018 we ticked off a couple more, and last Saturday we mopped up the final two. So all that remains to do is the whole lot in one fell (good word) swoop.

Back to Saturday. Five of us:- TF, SN, YJ (not as originally posted), Steve and yours truly set off from Seatoller at the south end of Borrowdale aiming for Wasdale Head via Styhead. En route we passed through Seathwaite, soon after which this shot was taken clearly showing TF making good progress with her recently acquired walking poles:-

Then here we are on Stockley Bridge (minus photographer Steve):-

Then down to Wasdale Head:-

...where the suggestion that we call in at the Inn for refreshments fell on deaf ears, and we set about the long haul over Black Sail Pass and down to the head of the Ennerdale Valley, just upstream from the hut.

From there it was onto the rough plateau between Ennerdale and Honister via the Loft Beck Crossing, from where this picture may have been taken - is that the bulk of Pillar making up most of the background?

Then, as we start to lose height, Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere come into view. 

Then a gentle saunter down towards to slate mines:- admire the new sculptures:-

Then down the old drovers' road along the motor road back to Seatoller.

Apparently a good tough14 miles with over 3,000ft of climbing:-

Thank you John for chaufering the entire party, and to you all for your company, for bearing with me at my ever slowing rate of progress and for the various pictorial compilations included above.

June 21st 2020 sounds like a sensible date to take on the full seven - anybody?

Friday, May 10, 2019

My little do last night

A quick thank you to those who could come to my little do last night and apologies to those who I didn't invite. It was especially wonderful to see JTE and Joan who I had not seen for many months. I have chosen Bolton Mountain Rescue as one of my mayoral charities so would hope that during the coming year there will be an event that will attract you.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Great Lakeland 3 Day 2019

This was the deferred entry from last year. It was use it or lose it.

The start location was Pooley Bridge. Well fancy that! No coincidence that when TLoB wanted company for a recce of his JNC a month or so back TF was more than happy to oblige!

I should point out that there are no prizes at stake for the GL3D, just the opportunity of 3 linear routes round the Lakes, with someone carting the the heavy stuff round for you. You have 3 routes of difficulty, Expert, Wainwright or Cafe.

First glance at the map on the Friday night and the first shocker, the overnight camp for day 1 and day 2 was in the same place. Apparently this had happened the previous year for the 20th anniversary event and had proved very popular.

2nd shocker, the Cafe class looked a little short compared to what I'd been doing recently, especially as having recently acquired pair of secret weapons. Yep, I've gone all European and got these

Distance FLZ Trekking Poles - Women'sDistance FLZ Trekking Poles - Women's
Purchased with my ultra event in mind (1st June 2019), I've had them since just before Easter. I've definitely got the hang of them on the ups, some downs they're a bit more of a hindrance, but on the whole I'm quite taken with them.

So back to which course to do. Expert - way to long, Cafe too short unless you added extra summits, so Wainwright it was.

Day 1
Start Pooley Bridge with a route that took you to the following summits Kidsty Pike, Stoney Cove Pike, Red Screes, Hart Crag and down into Patterdale with a finish in the Grisedale Valley 23.7m /5800ft 8:23hrs

Day 2

Start Patterdale and visits to the following summits Gavel Pike, Helvellyn, Stybarrow Dodd, Hart Side, Gowbarrow and Glenridding Dodd and back to Patterdale. 22.4m / 6500ft 8:42hrs

Day 3

Start Patterdale and visits to Place Fell, Brock Crag, Beda Head, Hallin Fell, Bonscale and back to Pooley Bridge 16.7m /4500ft 6:08hrs

It was a bit chilly, but fabulously clear views all three days. A couple of new paths (to me) discovered, in particular the descent down to Grisdale Tarn from St Sunday Crag, the run along Watermillock Common, and the trod to Brock Crag along west side of Angle Tarn. A couple I don't intend to repeat again any time soon, - Glenridding Dodd from the A592, or Bonscale fell from Howtown, proper sting in the tails!

First back on Wainwright did, 5:15hrs, 5:22hrs and 3:43hrs, last back did 10:03hrs, 11:41hrs and 7:29hrs all results can be found here


Thursday, May 02, 2019

The 'Seventh' Pass - 11th May '19

We now have four takers for this outing so, a car load. However, we can squeeze in a fifth participant providing they qualify as a 'little one'.

It would be good if a second car load could be recruited, we'd just need to agree a rendezvous in Borrowdale.