Sunday, 15 July 2012

Wasdale fell race – 14 July

9022 feet of climbing in 21.1 miles (2750m, 34km) is a tough day out even when you are fully fit and prepared and when that isn’t quite the case then it could be a very tough day, indeed. After a poor winter’s training and not enough on big hills I have struggled in Lakeland races and have the results to prove it so I could only anticipate a real struggle towards the end.

 

20120714-wasdale-106 Great Gable

20120714-wasdale-1Start Field (i)

20120714-wasdale-2Start Field (ii)

20120714-wasdale-3Towards Whin Rigg with low cloud drifting through

20120714-wasdale-5Climbing out of Greendale (i)

20120714-wasdale-7Climbing out of Greendale (ii)

20120714-wasdale-8Scoat Tarn

20120714-wasdale-11Above Mosedale

20120714-wasdale-14Ennerdale – looking down to Black Sail Hostel

20120714-wasdale-17Back towards Ennerdale

 

20120714-wasdale-16Towards Great Gable

20120714-wasdale-19Great Gable

20120714-wasdale-20Wasdale

By Great Gable I started to struggle a bit but managed to stay just ahead of last year’s time reaching the summit over a minute quicker but I lost a couple of minutes by Esk Hause Shelter and continued to lose a little time from there to the finish. I ended up within 4 minutes of my 2011 time and in comparison with my comparative times at “Teenager with Altitude” and the “Old County Tops” it is a huge improvement. Although slipping just beyond 6 hours is slightly disappointing, there is always next year.

 

20120714-wasdale-1011-EditLast look at Wasdale as we journey home

Pauline has more photos on her blog here.

Huge thanks to the Race Organiser (Richard Eastman), all the marshals and everyone else who helped.

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