An eventful 24 hours on the Lakeland Fells supporting Michele in her successful JNLC. This 48 mile route with over 17,000ft of climbing is not for the faint hearted and Michele’s training and determination paid off on the day allowing her to complete her ‘Joss’ well within the allocated time for her age category. A privilege to play a minor part in it : )
Arriving at Dunmail Raise for support changeover
Looking strong at Dunmail Raise – the halfway point. 24 miles done – 24 to go!
No. 1 trainer and husband Albert doing what has to be done – change of socks and shoes for next leg
Sheer determination and focus to claw a way up Steel Fell from Dunmail – that look!
That’s the climb – Michele leading the way
Weather beginning to close in – Helm Crag or the Lion and the Lamb from Dunmail
Mark at Sty Head on support having completed Leg 1
Graeme, leading them in at Sty Head - his job done, now for a pint at Wasdale Head Inn
Andy knows he’s in it for the next leg too – quick food stop
Here she comes a round of applause led by Tony – both he and Albert will continue to the end
Determined now – that’s 35 miles in the bag and just 13 to go
Daughter Abigail in red has done a sterling job on support and encourages a bit more fuel to be taken on board
Quick drink and they’re off
Now cold and with zero visibility on the tops – Ian will navigate over the required summits. Tony descending over the boulders of Great Gable
Into the void with Andy
A successful completion and into the arms of Joss!
At Greendale Bridge
Heroes one and all – unfortunately one supporter took a fall on Seatallan sustaining head injuries resulting in a callout to Mountain Rescue. Tony was evacuated to Carlisle Hospital where he was treated for his injuries which turned out to be superficial. After a night in hospital Tony is now home and recovering well. This can happen to the best equipped and most experienced of people and we’re all extremely grateful to the Wasdale, and Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Teams for their help and assistance
Taxi for Mr Varley!