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Bowland Fell Runners News: July 2010

News: July 2010

Building on successes at Duddon, Jura and Ennerdale earlier in the summer, Bowland had a great day at Wasdale 2010. In difficult misty, wet and windy conditions, Jo Taylor was 1st FV45, Chris Reade 1st MV45, Leigh Warburton 1st MV50, Nick Hewitt 1st MV55 and John Taylor 2nd MV60. However, in the true spirit of the club, several members selflessly decided to engage in some exploratory activities as well as aiming for the prize list.

On the descent from the first checkpoint at Whin Rigg, the grassy slopes and well marked path were not good enough for John and he took to exploring Greathall Gill instead. Apparently a rope was not essential. At Greendale, Jenn Hutton confirmed that continuous rain and spectacles are not a good combination for fell running, decided discretion was the better part of valour and saved her legs for another day. After crossing the Pots of Ashness, Leigh took time out to check that Haystacks was still in its correct position in the mist and Nick did the same with Scoat Fell. On leaving Scafell Pike, the attractions of Piers Gill seduced Richard Mellon and he went downhill in a dubious direction, but still managed a top-twenty position at the finish.

Meanwhile Declan O’Duffy, Sarah Massey and Hugh Price convened the first meeting of the club’s new Lakeland Exploration Group, concentrating their efforts on possible descents off Scafell Pike. They explored several options, including lower Eskdale. LEG’s chief navigator Declan O’Duffy is reported as saying that Mickledore is a very nice place to visit on a wet July evening. He discovered several ways in which a Silva compass can aid fell running (opening energy bar wrappers, removing stones from shoes etc), but none utilising its magnetic properties. It was generally agreed that it would be better if the next outing of the Lakeland Exploration Group is not held in the middle of a race and John has helpfully suggested that taxi fares are a mandatory item of kit for LEG-ers in the future.

Wayne Walsh and Mike Johnson were missing from the club’s roster of Lakeland long distance specialists, but the Farmer ground support team were in attendance, which was universally thought to be beyond the call of duty, given the horrible weather. 

Posted by Nick Hewitt
 

Posted: Tue 13th Jul 2010

As you will see, many of the photos are from the old website and I'm not that good with a camera. Could any club members who would like their good recent photos to go on the website email them to Richard Mellon please? Several people have asked about a page on the website to allow them to share photos - I think a Picassa album with a club login would be better for this and keep the website in a more manageable state. 

Posted: Sun 4th Jul 2010