Monday, 10 September 2012

Lake District Mountain Trial – 09 September

Last year’s Trial found me wanting – poor route choices, in particular, made it a very long slow day and so I was hoping for an improvement this year. Fewer poor route choices will help and the ground, in the North Western fell should be better than last year. The Newlands Adventure Centre was race HQ and there were adventurous bears in the grounds.

20120909-LDMT-504-EditClimbing Bear

20120909-LDMT-507-EditDavid Powell-Thompson wishing it was his place rather than his number

20120909-LDMT-102-EditJoss and Mike Walford exchanging tips

Joss has competed in 49 or 50 Trials (there was a little confusion at the start) and won 10 while Mike Walford has done 44 consecutive Trials and was doing the Classic course today.

20120909-LDMT-106-EditAlbert Sunter (302) and another on their way

20120909-LDMT-107-EditJoss ready to start and, probably, offering advice and wishing good luck to Mike Ferguson

20120909-LDMT-109-EditThe Derwent fells from below Catbells

20120909-LDMT-111-EditHelvellyn in the distance with the Central fells in the mid-ground

20120909-LDMT-112-EditCatbells, Derwent Water and the Northern fells beyond

20120909-LDMT-113-EditHindscarth with Robinson beyond

The sun burned off the morning mist to leave a haze that persisted throughout the day and which made for dull photographs during the rest of the day. I did a bit better than last year with only one poor route choice but most of the day was a struggle with the heat and some niggling injuries. The Mountain Trial is one of the classics in the fell running calendar and I’ll be back next year to “enjoy” another.

20120909-LDMT-509-EditPost-mortem

The results are here and huge thanks are due to the organisers, marshals and all other helpers for the 2012 Lake District Mountain Trial.

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