One of the toughest races in the calendar, Wasdale Horseshoe involves 21 miles and 9000 feet of climbing over the highest ground in England. This year the forecast looked good even if a little warm later in the day and there would be no doubt that I would still be out, even if not still running, later in the day. The roughest ground comes late in the race along with a big climb or two so there isn’t a shortage of excuses for a bit of walking.
The cloud cover was just burning off as we arrived, more or less confirming the forecast.
Pauline was at a couple of places on the route and captured Ben Abdelnoor (who won) and a number of Bowland club mates.
By Sty Head I had very little left in my legs and the long drag to Esk Hause and on to Scafell Pike was pretty unappealing but having got that far ……
After Esk Hause there is still plenty left to do and it is time to put away my camera and concentrate on getting over the rough ground and down the final descent. Fortunately Pauline and Mark and moved round to Lingmell and so the final photos are hers.
Sitting down in the sunshine, trying to recover and a little removed from the prize giving I was more than surprised to hear my name being called, more than once, – initially I was fairly certain there must be another “Ian” and look round only to realise everyone else was looking round – at me. Stu Stoddart captured the moment when Joss presented my first ever race prize – 2nd V55. A grand day out, indeed!
Finally, huge thanks to the marshals and, this year in particular to the last minute race organiser Rhys Findlay-Robinson.