Monday, 31 July 2017

Coope's Dozen - 29 July

The last Saturday before Borrowdale so it must be "Coope's Dozen" - the annual pilgrimage visiting 12 of the 13 or 14 summits on and around Winter Hill.

Perhaps 12 or 14 runners gathered on the start line with about half that number intending to visit all 12 summits. Some of the summits are visited only rarely and very overgrown. This year is the worst I can remember and even the "fast group" took about 5 hours to complete the route. Of the five hours, one and a half were spent walking through thick and tall vegetation. In a couple of places the bracket was over six feet high - none of us could see over the top of it.

This was long day out - good for getting some miles in the legs and spending time on your feet. Fortunately the company was very good because the route was far from enjoyable.

Winter Hill from Hordern Stoops

Monday, 17 July 2017

Kentmere Horseshoe Fell Race - 16 July

A return to fell racing after a year or so's absence. Running on the roads through the winter seems to have worked because I avoided injuring my right knee for the first time for two years. It probably means I don't have enough climbing in my legs for even AM races like this but it is better than being injured.

This is my first time at Kentmere and before the race started I had been joking that I used to think this race wasn't far enough and now I think it might be too far! This isn't entirely a joke because after such a long layoff and many doubts about ever racing again I am more than a little nervous.

After a slow start at the back of the field I begin to sort myself out and pick up some places after the gradient becomes runnable. Descending is enjoyable again and my knee is still fine when I finish. I nearly avoid cramp but am able to run through it and, finally, walk it off after finishing.

Crikey, racing is hard work and on a less good day I am not sure I would have enjoyed it at all. I am glad I did it so perhaps Lakes AMs are the future.

Pete Bland - Fell Running Legend

Kentmere Church


Wondering - where the race goes

The Bernese Oberland - June/July

Not unlike a year ago we abandoned plans to head for Skye at the end of June because of forecasts of poor weather.With a little more time to prepare this year we sorted an apartment  for a week in Wengen above the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland. We saw rain for only a couple of days and were able to spend the rest of the time high in the mountains. A truly glorious week.

The Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Mannlichen Gipfel Summit

Approaching the Eiger

Kleine Scheidegg

The Eiger from Kleine Scheidegg

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Lauterbrunnen Valley


Towards Grindelwald

The Eiger and Jungfrau

Train from Schnige Platte

The Eiger and Munch

Jungfraufoch Train

Towards Kleine Scheidegg


The Eiger Trail 
The Eiger Trail 

The Eiger Trail 

Grindelwald Train

Murren below the Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau

The Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau

The Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau

The Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau