Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Teenager With Altitude – 24 April

With 16 miles and 7300 feet of joy on a sunny morning in the Northwestern Fells of the Lake District, the inaugural “Teenager With Altitude” promised much for long distance fell runners. Even the weather was almost perfect – some might have argued it was a little warm but the gentle breeze on the tops more than compensated. A small field of 58, I think, started and I was a little concerned that avoiding last place would be more difficult than usual. By way of Causey Pike, Outerside, Grasmoor, Newlands Hause and High Snock Rigg; Robinson is eventually reached where the Anniversary Waltz route is joined. Over Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy and finally Catbells before plunging to the finish at Stair. This is a glorious route with demanding ascents and descents and it exceeded all of my expectations. The organisation and support was, as expected, superb and I’ll be back next year.

Teenager With Altitude-001 North East to Skiddaw and Blencathra before the start


Teenager With Altitude-002 Just before the start with Causey Pike (first CP) on the skyline


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Looking back down Grisedale to Outerside and Causey Pike


Teenager With Altitude-005 Whiteside

Teenager With Altitude-006 Grisedale Pike on the left and Crag Hill on the right with Skiddaw in the distance


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Rannerdale Knotts and Crummock Water

 Teenager With Altitude-008High Snock Rigg with one runner and two marshals

 Teenager With Altitude-009 Western Fells beyond Buttermere Moss


 Teenager With Altitude-011Dale Head from part way up High Spy

Results and other details of both “Teenager With Altitude” and the “Anniversary Waltz” can be found here and to save you looking, I managed to avoid the “lantern rouge”.


  1. Look like a corker, and the weather looked kind, great views across to Western Fells and Dale Head. Why such a small field?

  2. It's all just so big!

    And stunning of course!

  3. The field is restricted by the land owner (National Trust) presumably to minimise wear & tear

  4. Sounds like you had a very good day, running-wise and weather-wise. It was warm on Ingleborough too where we were shouting encouragement to the Three Peaks runners.
    Usual nice set of pictures. Don't know how you find time to take them when you're running.

  5. Wow! Those are some beautiful pictures! Where in the UK are you located?

  6. Looks like you had another grand day out Ian! Good to meet you at the Lake, Ridge and Wainwright event the other weekend. DT

  7. sounds like a brilliant route. looks like you had the fells to yourselves, strange that not more walkers were out on such a perfect day. but i guess that area isn't as popular as ambleside/windermere.

    ...way off lantern rouge too :)