Saturday, 24 December 2011

Great Hill – 24 December

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.

Great_Hill-100White Coppice

Great_Hill-2Gathering (i)

Great_Hill-3Gathering (ii)

Great_Hill-4Gathering (iii)

Great_Hill-5Up through the woods

Great_Hill-6Not too fast on the short stretch of tarmac at the end of the woods

Great_Hill-7Looking south west towards Wales

Great_Hill-8South towards Winter Hill

Great_Hill-9Joe’s Cup

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.”

Great_Hill-10Oak trees around another farm ruin

Great_Hill-11Stud marks in the mud above White Coppice

Great_Hill-12The Dressers Arms afterwards Smile

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