Thursday, April 30, 2015
Preparation began at the Easter bank holiday with the laying out of 'stuff' (aka high tech mountain running kit) on the spare bed. My kit list now extends to 4 pages of A4 it's that detailed! We're allowed a 59L dry bag with a max weight of 13Kg and a rucksack for running with during the day. The 59L Bag is transported to the overnight camps for us.
Previous years have had my main bag coming in at about 11kg, so this year I've added an extra luxury item, one of these beauties
I'm aiming to be the envy of the campsite! It's very sturdy, extremely comfy and can apparently (manufacturers claim) cope with up to 250lb person. It packs down to about 28x10cm and on my kitchen scales it weighed approx 750g incl it's little bag. If they tell me the 59L bag's too heavy at the weigh in, it's going to be a tough choice between ditching the chair or leaving the bottle of wine. May have to toss a coin.
Looks like we're in for some typical May Bank holiday weather, sun, wind, rain, snow etc so if you're out in it too folks have a good'un!
Start at Anderton Centre at 10am then via Rivington Primary, past Go Ape to Liverpool Castle, then head towards Top Barn and up to Georges Lane via our usual route to the Pike. Continue along Georges Lane to Horden Stoops and along the track that we used to use as a circuit (the one recommended by Norman) into Belmont then Darwen Tower, Witton Weavers Way and on through to Whalley (target by 5pm), Barley (7.30pm), over Pendle Hill to Downham (9pm) then through the night via Bolton-by-Bowland, Tosside, through Gisburn Forest, Slaidburn, Newton, Dunsop Bridge and Chipping by around dawn. Then it is back to the finish via Hurst Green, Mellor Brook, Brinscall and White Coppice.
My target is to finish by nightfall on Sunday but that is subject to me finishing at all. Many people say I am mad to be attempting it and they are probably right.
Here is the overview map of the route:
The full information is on the Red Rose 100 website here.
The race started with a steady climb, then a tussocky descent to a stream, followed by a pig of a steep climb that seemed to go on for ever. Once on the ridge, however, the running was superb, over Arrant Haw and then to Winder.
Then the fun began. I had been warned about 'Winder legs' but that didn't prepare me for what followed, about 1000 ft in half a mile. Steep wasn't in it, and by the end my quads were screaming, but my great rival in the V60 class was just behind me and I just managed to hold him off, and also Julie who was closing fast. She reckoned, quite rightly, that had the descent gone on for another 5 minutes, she would have beaten me.
I would like to express my thanks to Julie were her support and friendship throughout the series; it is great to see a friendly face before a race. I must also add that my legs have only just recovered!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Great to be back on the hills with the regular Tuesday crew of SN and EtU and even better to welcome back JtE fresh from his success at the Pike Race as well as Nic’O. My snap from the run had to be this one
… and another thing!
A local run for me on Saturday as I dodged the showers – this made for my favourite photographic conditions and I’ve put my faves here if you have time ;-)
Monday, April 20, 2015
Ingleborough was tough, especially the last steep climb and the very strong wind on the summit. On the way back to Horton I really struggled, firstly on the initial steep descent and then when tiredness set in, even short rocky bits were causing me grief. Eventually we reached Sulber Nick and the going got much easier and I was able to run the rest of it without too much difficulty. Over 14 miles and 2800ft of ascent in 3hrs 15mins. So Ingleborough took me 15mins longer than Whernside which is not even paced running. Perhaps I was too ambitious but having run a similar distance with t'Y ten days ago, I thought I'd be ok.
I intend to do the race in 2017 to celebrate being an OAP, and I now realise that the training will have to start months in advance. In the meantime,if anyone fancies doing one or two of the Peaks, please get in touch. it is glorious running country and I am lucky to be living in it.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Hopes and ambitions for Brighton marathon last Sunday were dashed by a run that was steady but not fast enough. My time of 4.14 (chip) and 4.18 (gun) were beaten by a better man who got just inside 4 hrs on chip time. So its back to the drawing board to find more pace in time for Snowdonia in October.
In the meantime I shall be utupping tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
TLoB was asking about times at the Pike : mine was 17:48
Sunday, April 05, 2015
This blog posting is initially to thank all of my friends for the fantastic support I received at yesterday’s event. I only wish I could have done that bit better. My time was 40m.01s against the over 80 record of 39m. 22s. However, I achieved my ambition to be the first Horwich Harrier to complete the race in my age group.Below are some pictures taken on the day:
Before the Event
The Race Start
T’Yorkshireman coming home
EtU with that distinctive style
Me breaking the tape.
The prize was twelve bottles of beer; four each for my pacers, Andy Ford and his friend Frew Savage and four for me. I’ll contact you asap Andy.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
1. The evening of Monday 30th March - A filthy night, but as I'd suggested a re-start to the Lostock Slow Cycling evening group on this, the first Monday after the clocks changed, I turned up at the Leisure Centre. Not only did none of the slow group turn up, but neither did any of the hard men who had supposedly ridden all through the winter. Already suffering from the first signs of hypothermia, I rode home.
2. The morning of Tuesday 31st March. - Turned up at the Leisure Centre for an early swim, only to be met by one of the regular swimmers as they came out, who told me that there had been a problem with a power cut and the pool was not yet operational. So I went home.
3. The evening of Tuesday 31st March - Liver Hill Race from the Rawtenstall Marl Pitts - absolute last!
Pike Race anyone? I'll be having a short outing at/from the UTUP in the morning.