On emptying the boot of my car after the event I found a drink container, silver in colour, with a blue top and with the word “northern” printed on it. If the owner will contact me I will arrange to hand it over.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
a. He didn't want to spoil the symmetry of twelve folk starting the Dozen.
b. For superstitious reasons he wanted to avoid there being thirteen starters.
c. It was the result of the running equivalent of the young bachelor coming to work from a different direction every day.
d. None of these.
The twelve starters were:-
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
I won't be UTUPping on Saturday as I am planning a trip to the Langdales as part of my build up for the Langdale Marathon. My plan is to run over into Little Langdale and then over Wrynose and hopefully as far as Hardnot and then return by the same route.
At the moment I have three spare seats in the car so if anyone wants to join me they are most welcome and the road run is not compulsory. I will be parking at the Old Dungeon Ghyl and expect to be away from the car for about three hours, which would make time for a reasonable fell run for anyone so inclined.
An early start is envisaged.
Monday, July 06, 2015
So the training for 2 long days in the hills started with the GL3D, then Helvellyn & Dodds, Duddon and finally Great Lakes, with a little trip out with YJ for good measure. I also had to practice marking up a map with controls using the provided GR's, something I'd never had to do before for a MM. I'd read plenty horror stories about people plotting controls in the wrong place or missing them off entirely. The Pillar course is a bit of a 'hybrid'. You're provided with a list of controls for the day which you can visit in any order. The pairs courses follow a prescribed order of controls.
I had a 8;25am start, KLM started nearly 30 mins later. I was a complete bundle of nerves, it was just like being back at school doing exams when the teacher says 'you can turn over your paper now'. When I tell you that one of the control descriptions was 'hill' you can imagine that the course planner was probably having a bit of a laugh at our expense. Adding to the fact that visibility was poor, the proverbial 'needle in haystack' came to mind. I spent ages plotting the controls and an equally long time trying to find the first two, and we hadn't got more than 2 miles form the start! I seriously considered throwing in the towel at that point, but thought I'd give finding another one a go. And so it went on until I bumped into KLM on the way to my 7th one. It was heartening to hear he (experienced Saunders competitor) was finding it as tough navigationally as I was. We commiserated with each other and cursed the planner. Without his considerable help I'd have certainly taken a lot longer finding number 7 and 8. Here we parted, dictated by the fact that he had to go and find a control I'd visited earlier in the day.
After 7hr52mins I crossed the finish line for Day1. Epic. At that point I was 8th and the first of the ladies back. By the end of the evening I'd dropped to 9th but still remained 1st Lady with a margin of nearly 40mins. KLM had predicted he'd be out about an hour longer than me, he was nearly right.
The overnight camp was at High Tilberthwaite. A beautiful spot in the sunshine, which we had in abundance for the rest of the evening. However hard a time me and KLM had on our course, it wasn't nearly as bad as those doing Klets or Harter who had to contend with a control that had been nicked. Can't begin to imagine how frustrating that would have been. It left the organizers a tricky conundrum as regards the results for these two courses, especially the Klets who like us on Pillar took their controls in any order.
Day 2 proved to be an easier day all round. We could see where we were going and the distance was shorter. KLM set off first this time. He had a couple of better route choices than me early on and then chose to collect the last 3 controls in a different order to me. He was back at base queuing for his food when I crossed the line, having had a much better 2nd day. I wasn't allowed to join the food queue but was ushered to one side by the organizers. It was like coming through customs at the airport, there was something to declare and they wanted to look in my bag.
What was there to declare?
I was FIRST LADY!!!!!!!
Results are on SLMM website, and sometime later this week there'll be a photo of me with my prize. I would show it you, but I've drunk it already.
Saturday, July 04, 2015
As traditionally arranged there will be a support car at the start of the event (9.00am at the Top Barn) carrying drinks and other refreshments to support points at Hordern Stoops (GR 655159) and at the top end of Anglezarke reservoir near to Waterman’s Cottage (GR 616179). Anyone wishing to have their particular concoction or kit transported to a support point can hand it over before the start. If anyone wishes to complete only half the distance transport can be arranged to or from Hordern Stoops which is about the half distance point. The full distance is about 18 miles.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Please feel free, indeed you are encouraged, to promote it to as wide a circle as possible.