Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wasdale ‘Horseshoe’ Fell Race Saturday 12th July

In the Lakes to take some pics, support friends and family on the route and generally have a great day on the fells.  One of the Lakeland classics ‘Wasdale’ takes the runners over 21 miles of mountainous terrain with a climb of 9.022ft (2750m).   The race record for the men was set in 1982 at 3hrs 25mins with the ladies record at 4hrs 12mins and the lady you see below came within seconds of breaking the record for the race – an amazing feat.  As I’m one of the fainthearted for whom this race is not, I had a gentle jog up to Sty Head, along the Corridor Route and up onto England’s highest mountain Scafel Pike (3,209ft) before following the race route back to the finish.

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Wastwater on the way to the race start

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This sheep had made its way onto one of the tiny islets

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Race start – my Ian in the Bowland vest -  two incredible ladies of the fells behind Nicky Spinks (R) discussing route choices with Jasmin Paris (L)

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Race organiser Richard Eastman getting them sorted

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Random kit checks to ensure everyone is carrying mandatory safety gear

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They’re off!

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Towards the Scafells from the path up to Sty Head

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Lingmell Fell (L) with Great Gable beyond

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The highest point in England Scafell Pike

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Marshalling can be a bit tedious until the runners arrive – still, good signal from the summit!

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On Scafell Pike - Yiannis looking for the first runners to appear on the path from Great End

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Looking at Pillar from Scafell Pike

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First on Scafell Pike and race winner Simon Harding (Macc Harriers)

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and First Lady Jasmin Paris – more significantly Third Overall, beating some top class men on the day

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Stepping into the Frame this young fella has no idea he’s in the company of fellrunning royalty lol - as Jasmin turns to head down from the highest point in the race

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Marshalls – without whom no fell race could take place

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The runner hands over his tag so that all competitors can be accounted for at the end of the race

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Where climbing began – Wasdale Head and its Inn

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Wasdale Head nestling below some of the greatest mountains in the Lake District

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Back at the finish and a weather front is moving in bringing rain on the tops – Looking up at the gap between the Scafells, Mickledore

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…and finally Great Gable

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Storms on Winter Hill – Tuesday 8th July

What a brilliant evening to be out on the moors – thunder cracking all around and deep dark clouds, but we were in that strong low sunshine and made it back to the cars before the rain arrived.  Others were not so fortunate!   But then they did have a curry to enjoy at the end Winking smile

 

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The path from Burnt Edge with Holdens Farm in the distance

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The light all around Holdens Farm with the storm clouds beyond was spectacular

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and  the sun catching the grasses

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more drama coming in from the south

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at the summit

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cotton grass

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The mast catching the sun

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Sunshine on Georges Lane – thunder rumbling all around, not long before that rain would be here

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Getting a move on

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and yes we did get back to the cars before the rain arrived Smile

Friday, 4 July 2014

Arriving in Barra - Wednesday 28th May

 

Down to Oban to get the ferry to Barra today to join up with the others for the Rucksack Club’s President’s Meet.

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The much photographed Stalker’s Castle set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe midway between Glen Coe and Oban and about 1.5 miles north-east of Port Appin.  You might remember it from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Below the lighthouse just beyond.

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A few shots around Oban before boarding the ferry as foot passengers with our bikes

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McCaig's Tower erected between 1897 and 1902 commissioned at a cost of £5,000 sterling (£500,000 at 2006 prices using GDP deflator), by the wealthy, philanthropic banker (North of Scotland Bank), John Stuart McCaig.

McCaig's intention was to provide a lasting monument to his family, and provide work for the local stonemasons during the winter months. McCaig was an admirer of Roman and Greek architecture, and had planned for an elaborate structure, based on the Colosseum in Rome. His plans allowed for a museum and art gallery with a central tower to be incorporated. Inside the central tower he planned to commission statues of himself, his siblings and their parents. His death brought an end to construction with only the outer walls completed.  The empty shell of the tower dominates the Oban skyline, and is now a public garden with magnificent views to the islands of Kerrera, Lismore and Mull.

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Here she comes

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Storms catching us up on the way to the Outer Hebrides

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Sunshine on our arrival in Castle Bay, Barra

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The view from our digs

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and later that evening

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