|Phot- Ian and GL3D site Charlie attaching my Si card|
|Photo Ian and GL3D Route planning!|
6am came round very fast and I quickly got fed, organised and left the van. After a short spell in the marquee I decided I might as well get on with it. Starts are flexible between 7-9am and it wasn't raining yet! To avoid sheep and lambs we started up the road- up hill all the way to the track just after Muncaster castle.My legs felt heavy but I know the first 30 minutes of long days are not my best and told myself I would be fine later. It was good to get onto softer ground on Muncaster Fell and the huge cairn was soon in sight. First CP sorted. The winning mixed pair on the Elite were just up ahead and it stayed that way until Illgill Head. Braddan was also on my tail until the descent off Illgill where my toes screamed and slowed me down. It was good to have some company through Nether Wasdale and up onto the high fells. Somewhere in all this the weather started to deteriorate but the rain was not too bad and I was able to leave my hood down for much of the time. Dropping off the fell into Brackenclose we started to meet those on the B and C courses who had been bussed to the Woolpack in Eskdale. I also knew that the Elite would leave the A here. The fastest route to the Wasdale Inn may have been the road but I did not fancy tarmac and so used the footpath behind the campsite with river crossing and bogs.
|Windy Gap Credit Ian Corless|
|Soggy tents at Little Town credit GL3D site|
|Wilf's chocolate cake Credit L3D site|
|The dry bags, some were huge. Credit GL3D site|
|Pleased to finish in the sun- thanks Bob|
She did in fact find her route and so in the end beat me that day by 25 minutes. Ah well it meant she was now a minute ahead of me overall. We ran into Little Langdale in warmth and sunshine!
It was great to shed layers, put wet clothes to dry on the wall and get the tent up and dry too. (spare a thought for the marshalls that moved about 200 dry bags each day and loaded them in and out of vans, as well as putting up 2 tents and the marquee and being ready with download, hot water etc).
|Wind and sun to dry the tents|
|Cloud on the tops, it got worse. Credit Ian Corless|