Sunday, 16 August 2009

Anglezark Amble – the reprise

The Anglezark Amble is a LDWA Challenge Event organised by the West Lancashire group in February each year, around Anglezark as the name suggests. At around 24 miles and 3000 feet of climbing it is enjoyed by fell runners as well as walkers but this year John Coope (of Coope's Dozen) had a poor day out, retiring not many miles from the finish. Keen to ‘lay the ghost’ of February, John wanted another go at the route which provided an excuse for Pauline, Nicole, Ray and Ed & John Swift to run, at least part of it. So good was this opportunity that Keith came down from Kendal to join in and ‘tick’ Winter Hill, one of the 1200 or so “Marilyns” listed in the Relative Hills of Britain by Alan Dawson. Nicole’s husband, David, agreed to provide a ‘check point’ with food and drink and I agreed to provide the other which would compliment the stashes placed earlier in the week by John.


Unperturbed locals

Unperturbed locals and the Lancashire plain under a characteristic grey sky


South over Manchester

Sun always shines somewhere else – in this instance, south over Manchester from the Two Lads


 Pike Cottage

 Northwest over Pike Cottage


Rivington Pike

 Northwest again, with Rivington Pike


The weather was more benign than the forecast suggested and the heavy rain didn’t last too long (that is how we know it is summer in Lancashire) and a good time was had by all – John, Pauline & Keith all made it back to Rivington.


Ray, John Coope & Nicole  Ray, John Coope and Nicole


John Swift, Keith and Pauline 

John Swift, Keith and Pauline


Ed Swift

Ed Swift starting the climb at Pike Cottage

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