Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Albert Sunter: Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge – 11 August

In a year when winter went straight to summer many plans fell to pieces and not all will be reconstructed before winter returns. After an April attempt was cancelled because of too much snow and a June attempt wrecked by “strong to gale-force” winds finding another date this year was something of a challenge but Albert rose to it and had a team sorted for last Sunday.

Despite the weather, Leg 1 to Kirkstone Pass was completed on schedule and Leg 2 needed a few more minutes than planned but the weather appeared to be improving. About 12 o’clock I called on Joss to make sure he knew things were still looking good for a 12 hour crossing and then went to wait on Bill Williamson and Tom Howard arriving for the stroll up to Sty Head. Apart from a fresh wind the weather still seemed to be improving although heavy showers are forecast for later.

A quick handover with half the Leg 3 team (Leigh Warburton & Graham Lund) carrying on while the other half (Tony Varley, Josie Greenhalgh and Mark Irvine) went down to Greendale and Great Gable was reached on pace. By Piller all the time lost earlier in day had been made up and Albert had a few minutes in hand. Despite cold, heavy rain on Seatallan more time was picked up and Albert reached Greendale Bridge, ahead of schedule, 11 hours and 33 minutes after leaving Pooley Bridge.

20130811-Alberts_Joss-18-EditJob Done!

20130811-Alberts_Joss-9-EditEnjoying the moment with Joss


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