Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Boxing Day – Edgeworth Reservoirs

In addition to a run up Winter Hill on Christmas Day we have a long standing tradition on Boxing Day involving a long walk over Turton Moors with Steve & Eileen to the Strawberry Duck for lunch before an equally long walk back. Sadly, the Strawberry Duck has not survived the current downturn and although re-opening rumours have been circulating since its closure in April 2009 they have remained as only rumours. Finding an alternative for lunch wasn’t too difficult and the walk back around the Edgeworth Reservoirs in the afternoon sunshine was a delight.

Why “Boxing Day”? I didn’t know either but Wikipedia has some ideas.

Boxing Day 2009 (3 of 3) Steve, Eileen, Pauline, self

 

Boxing Day 2009 (2 of 3) Wayoh Reservoir

Boxing Day 2009 (2 of 7) Boxing Day should perhaps be renamed “Walking Day” (if you can avoid shopping)

Boxing Day 2009 (3 of 7)Turton & Entwhistle Reservoir (1)

 Boxing Day 2009 (4 of 7)Turton & Entwhistle Reservoir (2)

 Boxing Day 2009 (5 of 7)

3 inch tall Snowman at Turton & Entwhistle Reservoir

 Boxing Day 2009 (6 of 7)Belmont with Winter Hill beyond (1)

 Boxing Day 2009 (7 of 7) Belmont with Winter Hill beyond (2)

 

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Christmas Day – Winter Hill

In between preparing lunch and consuming it we are able to snatch a couple of hours to get out on to Winter Hill for a blast of sanity. Snow was still dry and fun to run in while the sky to the west was developing dramatic colours behind developing clouds. Eschewing our usual route up the mast road (an all-weather training track) we wandered in the snow above the quarries to eventually join the mast road just below the mast. Looking for a shot of the Trig Point to compare with the recent Winter Sunshine photo we saw Ros Murray skiing towards us.

 

Christmas Day 2009 (1 of 5)Winter Hill masts

 Christmas Day 2009 (2 of 5)Just Us

 Christmas Day 2009 (3 of 5) Mast road with the Two Lads on the skyline

 Christmas Day 2009 (4 of 5)Pauline with Ros

 

 Christmas Day 2009 (5 of 5) Advection frost on a collapsing fence

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Eve – Borsdane Wood

With a rare opportunity to run in daylight on a Thursday I was disappointed to find Winter Hill wreathed in low cloud. Borsdane Wood & the Leeds-Liverpool offer a cloud free alternative which is almost flat; too flat for a fell runner, I have heard it described but my legs are still trying to recover from last Saturday in the Lakes and will appreciate a few easy miles to just top 50 and a bit for the week.

Earlier in the year  (http://justusandafewfriends.blogspot.com/2009/11/borsdane-wood.html) I was lucky to catch some autumn sunshine in the wood and this morning provided something of a contrast. Probably as many dogs as people use Borsdane Wood and the combination of many dogs, distracted owners and a runner is not one I am always entirely comfortable with, especially when I am the runner. None of the dogs in the woods bothered me and a bit later, by bridge 62, one appeared out of nowhere and was too startled or puzzled, even to bark, when he saw me.

 

Borsdane Wood (1 of 9)the first footbridge

Borsdane Wood (2 of 9)

 the following bend

 

Borsdane Wood (3 of 9) the second footbridge

Borsdane Wood (4 of 9)

nothing moving here today

 Borsdane Wood (5 of 9)

fallen trees

 Borsdane Wood (7 of 9)  bridge 62

Borsdane Wood (6 of 9) puzzled dog

Borsdane Wood (8 of 9) Haigh Hall playground – lonely engine

 

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Mark Smith – Winter Bob Graham Round 18/19 December 2009

Just before eight o’clock on Friday evening Mark set off from the Moot Hall in Keswick to tackle the hardest of the Bob Graham Round variations – a mid winter round (within 14 days of the shortest day); 70 miles, 28500 feet of climbing over 42 summits. Along with Bob Wightman, Alan Lucker, Will Houghton and Dave Hindley I joined Mark at about 04:30 on Saturday morning to provide support on the Dunmail to Wasdale leg. With first light arriving as we as were were climbing Bowfell we were treated to a very special early morning on the high fells.

 

first water station first water station

Mark Smith Winter BGR (2 of 38) Will, Mark, Dave & Bob

Mark Smith Winter BGR (3 of 38)first light photo stop – Dave, Mark & Alan 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (5 of 38) happy to see daylight for the first time since setting off – Will, Bob, Mark & Dave

Mark Smith Winter BGR (6 of 38)Alan, Will (obviously enjoying himself) and Bob 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (7 of 38) Great Langdale with an inversion over Lake Winderwmere

Mark Smith Winter BGR (8 of 38)Bob with the Scafells beyond

Mark Smith Winter BGR (9 of 38) the Scafells

Mark Smith Winter BGR (10 of 38) approaching Esk Pike

Mark Smith Winter BGR (11 of 38) Esk Pike

Mark Smith Winter BGR (12 of 38) leaving Esk Pike

Mark Smith Winter BGR (13 of 38) Esk Pike with Great End and Great Gable beyond

Mark Smith Winter BGR (14 of 38)Ill Crag with Sca Fell beyond 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (15 of 38) Great End

Mark Smith Winter BGR (16 of 38) Allen Crags

Mark Smith Winter BGR (17 of 38)clouds beginning to roll in from the west 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (18 of 38) over Langdale Pikes

Mark Smith Winter BGR (19 of 38) Dave’s perspiration icicle, that is how cold it was!

Mark Smith Winter BGR (20 of 38) col between Great End and Ill Crag

Mark Smith Winter BGR (21 of 38) sun arrives

Mark Smith Winter BGR (22 of 38)clouds rolling towards Mosedale 

 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (24 of 38) back towards Langdale Pikes

Mark Smith Winter BGR (26 of 38) Great Gable

Mark Smith Winter BGR (27 of 38) Great End

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (29 of 38)clouds gather on Scafell Pike 

 

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (31 of 38)

Mosedale starts to fill with clouds

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (32 of 38)

behind us thick clouds engulf Eskdale

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (33 of 38)

descending Broad Crag – Will, Mark, Alan and Dave

  Mark Smith Winter BGR (35 of 38)

Alan

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (36 of 38)

Eskdale

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (37 of 38)

Eskdale again

Mark Smith Winter BGR (38 of 38) clouds about to catch us

The clag reached the summit of Scafell Pike before we did and from there until almost down to Brackenclose we saw very little.

Alan has more photos here: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/ALAN.LUCKER/MarksWinterBG#

Bob has more photos here: http://bobwightman.co.uk/run/winter-bgr_slide.php

Putting in a fantastic performance Mark completed his winter Bob Graham Round, in seriously deteriorating conditions, returning to the Moot Hall in 24:18 - an awe inspiring  achievement.