Sunday, 22 February 2015

Bleasdale Circle fell race – 21 February

Knowing I would be marshalling I scheduled to get a real pig of a  head-cold from Pauline a couple of days beforehand so that I wouldn’t feel bad about not running. I may have overdone this though as the “not running” could extend into early next week. Oh well…..

Got a few photos though.

20150221-2-bleasdale-27-EditEntry Form


20150221-5-bleasdale-77-EditFair Snape Fell

20150221-3-bleasdale-30-EditParlick Fell

20150221-4-bleasdale-36-EditTowards Fell Foot


20150221-6-bleasdale-102Rob Hope – leading them home from the off

There were some other runners too – race photos here

20150221-1-bleasdale-245Towards the first climb

Last but not least, the following day would be Yiannis’s birthday – another “Big Birthday” and so in true Bowland Fell Runners’ style we helped him celebrate with an extravagant cake.

20150221-1-bleasdale-1009 Happy Birthday Yannis!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Anglezark Amble – 14 February

After virtually no running all winter I was afflicted by the type of madness that seems to affect only fell runners. I hoped I might manage a good 12 miles, I hoped I might reach the gate at 12.5 miles where I tore a calf muscle once but by the Strawberry Duck I was slowing, a little. About halfway Cadshaw Valley it was all over and the long, painful struggle to Darwen Tower, Slipper Lowe, Great Hill and Rivington started. I finished, about all in, but I finished. On Sunday morning my knee is fine, no aches and no other after-effects so I am delighted. I did think about going out for a short, slow “leg stretch” until I tried to walk down stairs. Ah well, plenty of time for that later.


20150214-1-The Amble-1“After The Amble” – Mike, Albert and Michele

Great to catch up with so many people – Albert, Michele, Tony, Mike, Hopey, Andy, Josie (get that schedule sorted!), Wendy, Yiannis, Jenny and all the rest.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Winter Hill – 07 February

13 Miles to Winter Hill and back from home for the first time since early September last year. The knee problems I have been bothered by over the last year or so seem to be getting sorted out. Doing almost no running probably helped too which means that I won’t really know how good my knee actually is until I am back doing this sort of distance regularly. I didn’t help it much last weekend, walking in the snow, when I put my foot in a hole and hyper-extended my knee. I am back running with a strap but aim to manage 6 consecutive days this week.

The weather wasn’t wonderful so I took my phone rather than a camera, only to find some blue sky and the clouds drifting away from the mast. Ah well, another time.


Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset


Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset



Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

The flat light and lack of definition in the sky appeared to lend itself to “split toning” and I am quite pleased with the results and with the run. This was the 50th time I have run from home to Winter Hill and back which is pleasing anniversary in the circumstances.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Place Fell & Kidsty Pike – 31 January

These may seem like an unlikely pairing and indeed they weren’t what we planned when we set off from Beetham Cottage but the the strong, bitterly cold wind on the summit of Place Fell changed our plans. Without particular summits in mind we headed back to Boredale Hause and decided to keep the wind behind us. Heading south we watched the sunlight play on the Helvellyn ridge and we watched the wind create huge clouds of spindrift.

Passing Angle Tarn and on to the foot of The Knott and then Kidsty Pike seemed an attractive destination, not realising just how cold crossing Rampsgill Head (twice) would be. The already strong wind had been strengthening all day and it was now whipping up the fallen snow, scouring Rampsgill Head and creating spindrift up to 3 metres high. We turned at Kidsty Pike, back over Rampsgill Head and down to Hartsop. A very fine winter day on the fells.

Looking West towards the Helvellyn ridge









Looking South towards Kirkstone Pass




















20150131-15-beetham-241-EditKidsty Pike and some spindrift



20150131-16-beetham-243-EditMardale from Kidsty Pike


20150131-17-beetham-247-EditHigh Street

20150131-18-beetham-251-EditRampsgill Head looking west to Morecambe Bay