Monday, 20 September 2010

3 Shires fell race

Last Saturday was the 25th running of the 3 Shires fell race in Little Langdale and, having only run it once before (in 2007), I was glad to see high clouds that wouldn’t interfere with route finding. With sufficient rain having fallen to prevent the usual field from being used as a car park there would be no shortage of water en route – the ground however, was sure to be slippery.

3SFR-001 Albert Sunter & Rob Green before the start

3SFR-002 Mark Sammon before the start

3SFR-003Starting the climb to Swirl How


 Levers Water with Coniston Water beyond

3SFR-005 climbing towards Swirl How

3SFR-007 Approaching Swirl How summit

3SFR-008At the 3 Shires Stone (just to show I was there)


3SFR-009 Starting the final climb on to Lingmoor Fell

3SFR-010 Final look over to Wetherlam, Swirl How and the descent route to the 3 Shires Stone on Wet Side Edge

3SFR_HDR-100Looking over Blea Tarn into Great Langdale

The results aren’t yet published and my own records show I was a few minutes faster than Saturday’s 02:51:56 in 2007. Undoubtedly the result that matters the most is that the runner who slipped and broke a leg, on Wet Side Edge, was rescued and airlifted to hospital in Lancaster. A brief report of the initial rescue is here. The Mountain Rescue Team report is here and the discussion on the FRA Forum reports Steve’s leg was operated on during Saturday evening and everything has been "pinned, plated and screwed". Best wishes to Steve for a speedy and complete recovery.

Update: Results are here and more photos by Steve Angus


  1. Please tell Pauline I was sorry to dash off so quick without chatting. I was intent on taking photos of as many runners as possible and wanted to get back down the pass to Blea Tarn.

  2. I'm brimming with envy. Next year perhaps...

  3. You run in the most amazing places - it is incredible! congratulations on the race!!

  4. Ran it twice, in '91 and '97. Your pictures bring back wonderful memories of days when I was fit!
    I'll be crossing that route this coming weekend in the Great Langdale ½ marathon.

  5. Old Runningfox - Good luck with the Half this weekend. There can be few tougher Halfs than the Great Langdale but the atmosphere will be great. Look forward to your report.

  6. yet another stunning day in the lakes, good running ian. glad to hear the fallen runner is recovering.