Borrowdale Fell Race and a 10 mile road race

I never got to the pack run this weekend – went to Old Trafford instead.  Never been before.  It’s big.  It was Wayne Rooney’s benefit match; 3000 Evertonians and a massive crowd of United supporters.  Anyway, we made ourselves heard.  And I was impressed that Koeman has definitely tightened up our defence.  We had as many chances as they did in a goalless draw; hopeful signs for the new season.  First match next Saturday; Spurs at home.

Nor did I run Borrowdale.  27 k and 2000 m of climb; my expected time probably noticeably over 5 hours, and, these days, my legs give up by about 2 hours.  I’ve entered twice; gave up at Great Gable once, timed out at Honister the second time.  No – I was there to assist the Race Liaison Officer.  He chose to observe the start and the finish, so I went up to the check point at Sty Head.  Nice day, albeit a bit windy, exciting and interesting watching the runners coming through.  Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team turn up in force every year; they see it as a good training day out in the hills.  So, as well as a couple of marshals at each check point, there are also a couple of MR members, keeping tabs on the race, keeping contact by radio right round the route, and generally contributing to keeping the competitors safe.  Organisation excellent as always, and a good day out for the 380 odd runners.

But I did plod round 10 miles of the lower Lune Valley from Lancaster City Centre.

Judge's lodgings Lancaster - where the judge who tried the Pendle Witches lived
Judge’s lodgings Lancaster – where the judge who tried the Pendle Witches lived

A good route, surprisingly free of traffic, but I found it hard; perhaps still the fag end of my infection.  My legs were heavy, and I took five minutes longer for the second half of the race than my, already slow, time for the first half.  As always, some more points for the club championship.

And when I got home, straight into energy sapping jobs around the house and garden, because the family had been doing this on Saturday and also Sunday morning.  I should sleep well tonight.

Family & Friends in the Lakes again – and Ambleside Sports

Not as big a do as last year.  Back at Windermere again, and a most pleasant week with family and friends.  About 19 of us at the peak.  Weather fair to middling.  Food – we catered for ourselves – excellent.  Company ditto.  And the accommodation just as excellent as last year.

I managed to sit in a canoe, windermere canoe

walk up a little hill, walk along a very fine lake, play chess with a 6 year old, kick a fairly squashy football, and generally convalesce from a horrible cold before doing the Ambleside Sports BOFRA race again.  The Rydal Round, also from Ambleside Sports, was curtailed this year; I think because of the very misty conditions.

My niece’s husband, from Berlin, was somewhat startled by aspects of the race; I think he’s a road runner really, used to flat asphalt.  As he was in road shoes I entertained hopes of getting past him on the downhill, but it was not to be.  Weather conditions at the Sports were less clement than last year – a fine drizzle throughout.  My 4 year old granddaughter managed 3 rosettes and 2 lollies, so was fairly satisfied with that.