A gentle run out over Great Hill from White Coppice with some Preston Harriers and other fell runners in before retiring to a local hostelry – just like a year ago apart from Pauline coming along this year and the slightly different conditions.
No crossing of Great Hill is complete with stopping to check that Joe’s cup is still concealed in the wall opposite the spring that gave Drinkwaters Farm its name.
Joe, a member of Wigan Phoenix, was one of Lancashire’s true fell running characters well known for his ultra-distance runs over these moors. The spring at Drinkwaters was used regularly by Joe and his companions on Sunday morning runs. The February 1992 Fellrunner magazine contained an obituary where it was observed
“Joe Whitter was one of those essential characters that make fell running what it is. The Anglezarke Moors will be a poorer place without him and he will be sadly missed. Typically, Joe requested his ashes be scattered on the moors he loved, and there are many fell runners who will now be unable to run past Drinkwaters on Great Hill without remembering him.”