Monday, 26 March 2012

Edale Skyline fell race – 25 March

For a variety of reasons the Edale Skyline has remained on my “to Do” list of fell races but I decided this year might be the one to change that. The weather couldn’t have been predicted and while the visibility and rapidly drying ground were both very welcome the unseasonal temperature wasn’t. Before turning for Man Nick we saw the edge of an inversion further down Hope Valley and, at Julie’s suggestion we carried on for a closer look.

20120325-edale-204Hope Valley Inversion (1)


20120325-edale-6-EditHope Valley Inversion (2)

Most of the morning mist had burned off around Edale but just sufficient remained to produce a slight haze and only higher up and later in the day would blue sky that might have been expected appear.

20120325-edale-500-EditTowards Lose Hill and Hollins Cross

20120325-edale-501Gathering at the start

20120325-edale-505Up the zig-zags

20120325-edale-506Ringing Roger

20120325-edale-507Lose Hill with mist in the valleys

20120325-edale-510Win Hill summit

20120325-edale-513Climbing to Lose Hill

20120325-edale-517Along the Edge with Lose Hill in the middle distance

20120325-edale-210Recovering in the sunshine

In heat like Sunday is it a hard day and so relentlessly runnable – I had to run up some of the hills! Really well organised, well marshalled and huge thanks are due to everyone involved.  I had hoped to be a little quicker but given the heat and that I hadn’t done it previously I am happy with my time of 04:07:20. Full results are here.

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