Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Not much hanging around on Noon Hill then off to the Pike. From the Pike we split with 5 of us taking the more direct route to Two ladds and 3 following Georges lane. Then the bogs caught a couple of us as we headed on towards the shooting hut before continuing on to Whinberry Hill and Egg Hillock. On a previous recce FSS had found an alternative path to Counting Hill which turned out to be an Excellent path.
At Counting Hill almost everybody went to say "Hi!" to Steve Barlow and I took the chance to make up some ground and carry on for the trig point. Down then on a more direct line to Horden Stoops where Tom had a nasty turn on his ankle which lucky didn't cause any damage.
Thanks to YJ and Elaine for the food and drink!!!
Onwards to Old Adam where the pack was split into three groups. 7 people initially headed off together branching off after the stile whilst I continued along the wall for a few hundred meters to take a higher line. The other group somehow managed to split again with FSS and Albert taking one line and the rest taking a slightly higher line. I wouldn't say their lines were slower than mine but I had to put my coat on as I was getting cold waiting for them on Old Adam :-))
On to Spitlers and Great Hill, then some off-roading to get on the path for Round Loaf where a couple of us were talked in to rebuilding the cairn. Paul planned to take the path via White coppice from Round Loaf but was soon talked into taking Alberts more direct route to Watermans cottage. Paul eventually conceded that it was a quicker (if not rougher) route.
Thanks again to YJ for the water and cake!!
With tired legs now I kept up the back marker position to Healy Nab before eventually, on the way back to the barn, managing to form my own Medium speed splinter group containing .... Me!!, Until of course Albert decided to wait for me near the end of Anglezark res and stop me from walking too much.
Albert and I made it back in 4hr 35min a few minutes behind the rest of the group. I had an enjoyable day with great company followed by tea and cake in the Lower Barn. How can you beat that???
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Everyone seems to have beaten me to the blog site - nuff said.
I think it fair to say that TF was missed bringing her little ray of sunshine. Also no SN.
The UTUP sub group proved to be good company as always, so thank you to them for making it an enjoyable day out.
It was also good to see TYC out again and bounding forth and knackering himself as usual.
Mrs KLM was chuffed with the very gracious comments on the cakes - so I might see some more cakes in the not too distant future!
I have put my limited edition of piccy's on for you. Even though I say so myself the ones of NLN, JtE and the UTUP elders on Noon Hill are particularly good.
Two very similar pictures of the starting line-up:-
This one with FSS suffering from shyness...
...and this one with Josie suffering from being rather short. But who is the guy at the front, obviously not suffering from shyness?
There were 15 of us at that point and we split into a fast group of 8 and a slow group of 7 soon after the start. On the high level crossing from Noon Hill to the Pike we (the slow group) spotted the fast approaching TYC (young beardie in some earlier photos) who had, as he often does, set off late, but had done the proper thing by bagging NH on his way to the Pike. t'Y, also a regular latecomer, met us on Two lads, and it was at that point (I think) that CW turned for home, having only recently returned to running after a health problem.
Apart from a few choice words from TYC after he had made the mistake of allowing t'Y to choose his route, we all carried cheerfully on to the excellent feed station at Hordern Stoops. t'Y then turned for home and soon after we split split into two groups, depending on whether we fancied Old Adam or not. We regrouped somewhere near Spitlers summit and continued on our united way.
Soon after Round Loaf TYC got tired of hanging around and disappeared over the horizon. Passing through White Coppice, we were treated to the sound of willow on leather, then it was the feed at Waterman's Cottage, courtesy of of YJ, where we again split into two groups. Just three of us opting for Healey Nab; KLM, Chorley Tom and yours truly finally trundling back to the barn together, having completed the full round in a time of 6 hours and 18 minutes, so much for "5 hours ish".
Presumably TYC did find Healey Nab and completed his dozen somewhat more quickly.
The fast group haven't reported yet.
Once again, thank you to everyone who turned out for a super long (very!) morning out.
Here are some pictures taken yesterday.
Before the start
Before the start
Before the start
Before the start
Leaving Egg Hillock
Perhaps FSS and EtU would post reports on the fast and slow group activities.
A great day out in excellent company. Thanks to everyone.
Having started the day intending to run to Hordern’s, I was having so much fun being back out with the boys that I decided to carry on. Felt great to complete ten of the twelve summits, leaving out Old Adam and Healey Nab. Furthest I’ve run for months so a bit of a confidence booster for the back. I’ll let others give the running details. I’ve done a bit of a write up on my blog which captures the day for me with a link to all of the snaps taken on the day – too many for the blogs. Not great quality I’m afraid, but capture the atmosphere I hope. I’ll leave you with this one…
Who ate all the cakes then!
Thanks to all for a great day on the hills and for the generous support provided by YJ - with us to the end and to Mrs KLM for the awesome cakes and road support at Hordern’s.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
That in turn allows you to link to his GPSies trace of the route ~ isn't technology wonderful, but although it helps us keep in touch I'm sure the joy of the views, the wind and the fellowship was just as great 50 years ago as it is now.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
This turned out to be a bit of a weird one for me. I've done this twice before and thoroughly enjoyed the route, the two steep descents 2/3 of the way round notwithstanding. Hoping to see some of the merry men there around the start only to be greeted with some serious looking Horwichers doing their bit for the club champs. So gracefully retiring towards the rear of the starting group I decided to set off at a reasonable lick (by my standards that is) due to feeling good and confident. The good and confident feeling due to the fact that the dreaded groin strain that had been plaguing me for the last 5 weeks in fact been diagnosed as cellulitis and I was on a decent dose of anti-biotics to deal with that little problem.
The route takes in the upper northern quarter of the Wardle Skyline before heading north over Hades then a gradual incline for about 1km through bog to Freeholds Top when you turn at the trig and head for home. A Steep descent followed immediately by a steep climb had me passing a few people again then my world started to get a bit weird on the second steep descent when nothing was making much sense. On getting to the bottom of the descent the legs turned to very stiff lumps of lead and very hard work was made of an easy stream jump. The climb up from this point is very steep through bog breathing very heavily my world spun around me then blackness! Next thing I hear is passing fellrunners asking me if I'm OK. I must have assured them I was OK as none stopped. The climb was so steep I was on hand and knees so I didn't fall far. After coming round and not feeling very well I continued up and over Noon Hill to a marshall point where some fruit juice revived me sufficiently just to jog back to the finish. Jog I say -huh! I just couldn't resist the fun run down to the finish increasing the pace to keep the next runner at bay - not a good move in hindsight.
Finishing 77th out of about 80+ in 112 minutes I was at least 10 minutes down on what I was hoping to achieve, even worse was I felt really ill and was like that for the next 3 hours. It wasn't until later when I started to eat and drink did I come round. The HR monitor showed a spike up in heart rate about the time it all went dark.
Lessons learned: Keep hydrated - it was warm and breezy, it was physically demanding and over 6 miles - I should have carried water - I didn't.
Food - I had only a light breakfast and the race was almost mid afternoon - I should have had some snack bars or at least a banana - I didn't.
Infection and anti-biotics - I should not have put that much strain on the ticker - but I did.
I'm still not feeling brilliant. I hopefully won't be making those mistakes again but glad to be around to write this and see you all next weekend.
KLM 23 July 2012
After starting our shortcut, Mark and I did as you indicate, emerging eventually onto the elbow of the Tockholes Road. We then headed for and crossed the Belmont Road and took the signed path up onto Spittlers and thence to Hordern Stoops, Georges Lane and down the route that we expect to use on our approach to Noon Hill next Saturday.
12.5 (ish) miles in 3:15, similarly pathetic?
On the run-in Mark and I amused ourselves with the usual "this has been a bit faster than I would have run on my own" exchange.
See you Saturday.
In order to check my capability for this week’s Coope’s Dozen I decided to attempt the 16 mile Amble route. EtU and Mark Sammon kindly joined me at the barn for part of the route, hanging around for me as necessary. Near to the south eastern corner of the Belmont Reservoir (5.69 miles) we parted company, EtU and Mark taking the route past Higher Pasture House (generally known to us as Dog Bucket Farm). I proceeded to the finger post on Catherine Edge continuing on the Amble route. At Hollinshead Hall I ignored the diversion to Slipper Lowe check point, continuing on via Piccadilly and completing the run. The weather was excellent for running; broken sunshine and, at times, a cool breeze. It was very heavy under foot at times, particularly on the section to Great Hill and then to White Coppice. Slipped on the mud and came a cropper, the dirt all over me making me look like a proper fell runner.
16.22 miles in 4 hours 33 minutes. Pathetic eh?
Where did you and Mark get to EtU?
Friday, July 20, 2012
Not an energetic outing, but a pleasant run with the well rested CW leading for most of the way. Good to see you out again, Colin, you can't keep a good man down. Not so sure about the hat.
Saw Mary W at the baths this morning, sporting a ten inch scar from her recent knee replacement. As ever, raring to go and full of derring do. You're a credit to the human race Mary.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
1. I was beaten by one John Mitchell MV70 of Blackburn Road Runners
2. I was also beaten by Norma Smith FV65 also of Blackburn RR
3. There were no other MV65s
I didn't wait around for the prizegiving, but if I had, and they offered me one, would I have had the gall to accept it?
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The round takes in Noon Hill, Rivington Pike, Two Lads, Whimberry Hill, Egg Hillock, Counting Hill, Winter Hill, Old Adam's Hill, Spitlers Edge, Great Hill, Round Loaf and Healey Nab. The distance is in the region of 18 miles.
Although folk are welcome to run at their own pace (it's not a race as such) we usually settle into a fast group and a slow group. The fast group is likely to finish inside four hours and the slow group should get round inside five. The individual men's record of 2:25:30 was set in April 2002 by Kev Gaskell, then aged 40. The ladies' record of 3:33 is held by Carolyn Wright.
Anyone not wanting to commit to the full distance could find it convenient to bale out either from Winter Hill or from Hordern Stoops. For those wanting to go the distance, we have an offer of food and drink at Hordern Stoops.
So come on folk, the weather's got time to improve by then; it would be good to field a slow group, a fast group and a "let's go for it" group.
Remember, it's not a race, it's just for fun and everyone's welcome.
Great conditions for the runners after an unpromising start, and not too bad for the spectators, although we could have done with a bit less bite in the wind on Sty Head. Enjoyed the day immensely, made all the better for a nice coffee at the Wasdale Head Inn and the company of Edwin and Margaret. More pics from the race at Out and About. Good to see two or three Horwich runners get round, none of us knew their names and I didn’t manage to capture any faces. But you may recognise a couple below.
Paul and FSS at the start
The path up to Sty Head
The two images below were both taken from the race field – looing up at Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Scafell
and after ….
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Predicted time for tonights race based on time for Aggies Staircase (see Radcliffe AC website calculator on Bull Hill info) is 1:10:57. Last ran in 2009 when time was 1:03:36 when I dead-heated with Albert's BH.
Be interesting to see how accurate it is. Always assuming I make it there in time!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 09, 2012
Taken from the metalled part of the Pike Race route, on the left as you ascend. Is it just me, or do we have a greater proprtion of white foxgloves in this area than is generally seen?
On another topic, thank you KLM, for your lucid explanation of the derivation, and common misuse of the "curate's egg" reference. Also, clever of you to manage to insert the word "curry" in the same paragraph as the word "egg".
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Saturday, July 07, 2012
The Blog Fuhrer has decreed that I do this write up - no argument, just do it!
So what to put in a write up on a normal UTUP, with excellent weather and excellent company as usual.
Well I suppose I can start with the "Curate's egg" as mention by EtU in response to my half hearted comment on how I was feeling. Apparently he believes the quotation means like my mood it was good in parts. Having 'Googled' the 'Curate's egg" this evening it would appear that EtU's view is a popular misconception of the true meaning from Du Maurier's cartoon in Punch magazine
Friday, July 06, 2012
After a full on day on the hills on Saturday, Sunday was a much more laid back affair – more pics at Out and About.
Lots of rain overnight gave Stockgyll Force a spectacular appearance and conditions made the Skiddaw race a bit of a challenge!
Thursday, July 05, 2012
For those not familiar with the format, this is a quartly event, intended to celebrate the solstices and the equinoxes (Is there a more elegant plural of this? Perhaps not, box becomes boxes). We meet for an informal meal and drinks. Any time from 7:30 p.m (earlier if you want). Bring who you want and eat when you want (or just drink).
The Black Horse, situated at Limbrick on Long Lane, Chorley, is the unlucky hostelry on this occasion. PR6 9EE for satnavvers.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Great weekend in the Lakes with the opportunity to share in a bit of Brian Layton’s ‘Joss’. Lots more pics at Out and About
Re-fuelling at Sty Head
Visitors, Lakes and Hols preclude UTUP-ing for next few Saturdays – hope to get back into it after that