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.
Looking back down Grisedale to Outerside and Causey Pike
Rannerdale Knotts and Crummock Water
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”.