During the week we climbed twice and organised the annual Scout/Guide orienteering Champs so not much time for running except to jog round putting out and collecting in controls. I woke on Thursday to find a sore ankle tendon- no idea how that happened but it seemed to get better and no worse with exercise. I hoped it would allow me to get round OK.
By Friday we were in Grasmere and meeting the team at Ascend Events ready for the Lakeland 5 Passes event. All the flags, banners and display boards went up that evening which gave me a relaxed start to Saturday and the race.
|So pleased to have all these sponsors for Runfurther|
Bob went off early to do parking duty and I pottered with breakfast and kit. In the hall I tried to direct Runfurther people to the boards and spot prizes before I met up with Richard L who I have not seen for ages. Earlier in the year I had persuaded Sabrina to enter and ensure that she had 4 counters for our series. I was keen that it was won this year by a fast runner and not an old plodder. She claimed to be tired after the Dragons Back and then an impromptu Ramsay Round last weekend. It's fair to say she did start cautiously as we streamed out on the tarmac and track towards Loughrigg but from that top at about 3 miles she started racing.
|On my sunny recee|
|Kirkstone and red Screes from Wansfell|
|Hayley - winning woman|
|The views you might have got if you were lucky|
|Not race day|
Again they were runners from other parts of the country and had no idea where they were or where they were going. I had twice called runners back in Ambleside and was now asked if we were "on Kentmere". The look I got when I pointed out Red Screes across the valley and explained that it was our next summit was priceless.
|Richard putting his poles to good use|
|Red Screes from Kirkstone|
|The top on a sunny day|
I set off to take the last serious climb eating as I went. The climb was tough but I loved the descent to Scandale Pass- don't mind mud and bog.
|soft ground at last|
The male runner I had my sights on ran steadily away as I ran/jogged and walked. Another woman caught me and this dredged up some spirit and made me fight to stay with her.
I have decided I prefer Aldi 'fake' naked bars to the real thing and will never bother with gels even if they are a freebie (MF Jellies were what I should have had).
|more grass at last- it didn't last long though|
The final steps to the upstairs of the hall were cruel but I stayed ahead, by less than a minute. Bob was back from the Kentmere CP and so was here to great me and get me cups of tea. After cup 6 he did suggest I just asked for the tea pot. My foot was agony for over an hour but eventually it eased as I got stuck into the delicious post race meal. We had agreed to wait for as many runners and especially Runfurther runners as possible and so had a very relaxed late afternoon.