Saturday, 18 May 2013

A Coopes Dozen Outing - Saturday 18th May

Decided to join friends half way round their completion of the above route which visits twelve summits on the West Pennine Moors.  Dreadful forecast, hence my decision to meet the crew at Hordern’s Stoops taking with me a flask of hot coffee and some cake.

Weather lived up to expectations and some trouble in finding some of the summits in the complete white out of cloud and clag.  So bad that my camera stayed in the car!  My run amounted to just over ten miles, with about 1500ft of climbing, but in pretty atrocious conditions and that was enough.  Below are the conditions at the road crossing just before setting out on my part of the run.

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Ed and Mick arriving at the road crossing

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sunday Run

Managed a brief outing before the rain came on at lunch time.

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Rain’s not far away then

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The brambles are beginning to reclaim some of the old machinery on my route

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Walled garden of Dandelions on the old railway bridge

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A fly in the ointment Dandelion

Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race - Sat 11th May

Went over to watch what could be the last running of this event due to NW Utilities intransigence on access – some pics of the runners here.  Very cold, but rain held off – had a swift half in Black Dog whilst runners were on the hill.

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Just caught the end of the junior races

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Sums up the conditions pre-race

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A few folk warming up below – and they needed to!

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RO Dave Bateson pointing the way

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Race Winner - Joe Mercer, South East Lancs Orienteering Club

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First Lady Lynne Clough – used to be a Chorley member, but no evidence in this one

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… and finally it faired up a bit on the way back to the car Smile

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Rucksack Club Meet

Looping the Lakes, devised by Mike Cudahey and led by Inken Blunk was a fine way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend.  The full route of 82 miles and 19,750ft of climbing was completed by Ian and three other Rucksackers whilst others, including me joined in for part of the route. 

Not wanting to tempt fate and my back, I elected to walk the first day of the route which amounted to 42 miles and 9,250ft of climbing.  Although the first part of Saturday was a little wet, we did see some sunshine with strong winds featuring on the high passes.  I’ve made a full set of photos available if it’s of interest.  Here are a few to give a flavour of the meet.

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5.30am and its time to go

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Our leader Inken after one of the many stream crossings

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Approaching Lingy Hut

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Northern Fells – not far from Dash Falls

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Support HQ

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Newlands Fells

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Black Sail Hut

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Sheltering from the wind on Black Sail Pass

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Grasmere, Helm Crag – no sign of the Lion and the Lamb

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Ready for some lunch – the four completers (Mike in the background)  with Rae 2nd from right – note Ian’s shoe being held on by a crepe bandage after a sole failure!

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Glorious sunset lighting up the fields and stonework of Penruddock

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Helvellyn in the distance from Penruddock