The area was great, except for the tussock bogs in the far SW corner
and I was pleased to be the only woman and vet to complete the A class and to come in the top 8.
I also finished early enough to get changed, eat and enjoy socialising with loads of friends.
The next weekend we ran more locally and I did clock up about 27 miles but I was taking photos, enjoying the scenery and exploring as well as running.
|Battery death yet again!|
A new pair of waterproof socks from Aldi kept my feet dry even on the bog approaching Great Hill.
|Looking back to Darwen Tower on my first climb|
|He wasn't impressed when I showed him the no bikes sign!|
|Angry face? Would be a great place to live|
|Looking back to Rivington Pike|
|The Lakes in the distance|
|It will be a great oak forest in a few decades|
I had time to sit in the sun with a cup of tea before Bob arrived back. A wonderful day to be out.
|The same age as me|
Last weekend a birthday party took us to Haworth and so we stayed on Penistone Hill in the van before a run on the Sunday.
Both of us were keen to fit in a long run before Round Rotherham 50 next weekend. The forecast was good and it was a glorious morning.
I set off early and met few people as I ran up to Bronte bridge and the Withins Ruin. later in the day it would be busy with the Withins skyline race, families and Chinese tourists.
This is the only place in the UK where I have seen footpath signs in Chinese! Not sure I approve of the religious signs stuck on the rocks though?
The ground was drier than I thought it might be and I was soon on the flagtone path running down to the Walshaw reservoirs.
For now I was sticking to the Haworth Hobble route and was soon at Widdop dam and climbing onto Gorple Gate track.
I didn't want to go as far as Long Causeway and the horrid mud at Stiperden House so I explored to permissive path to both Gorple reservoirs. I even had time to stop and admire the old photos and neolithic axe head at the cottages.
Usually it is head down and race so I had never stopped here before. The next section had a multitude of paths and following the Pennine Way seemed too simple so I set off exploring. It wasn't long before I recognised bits from one of the relay races I had done some years ago. Eventually I ended up at Blackshaw Head and my next decision point.
|CP from a previous race|
|It was ridiculously steep|
I had no water but there were lots of blackberries to feast on. I ate loads until two mountain bikers teased me. That was it. I was off and they couldn't keep up. I arrived at the top smiling and shot off to Grain Water ridge having stopped to drink from the biggest stream I could find.
I paid for the pace and was a bit slow heading to the Top of Stairs. I had also made up enough time to tempt me into exploring again. I should have used the YORM route but dropped lower to the Calder Aire link path instead.
Bits were lovely but some bits were the muddiest of the day so on the outskirts of Oxenhope I turned north to the van. I blagged some water from the end of the Withins Skyline race and did a loop of the hill. Bob was not back at the van so as my garmin battery died I set off for another loop of a mile or so in the last of the sunshine.
Huge grey clouds had been building for a while and as we drove home the rain began. We had been lucky and had the best of the day.
So now I hope I am ready for the 50 miles of Round Rotherham, followed by the fun of the Ullswater Way challenge, then the OMM, Warrington Way and a couple of Street O events in between.