Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Pikes

Saturday 15th April - Rivington Pike Fell Race
Being a bit short, there is a tradition amongst a (very) small group of Horwich runners to have a run up Scafell Pike in the morning before dashing back to The Crown for The Pike race. Madness, I know, but given reasonable weather it becomes a good day out.

Scafell Pike
With Mark Davies, John & Ed Swift from the Old Dungeon Ghyll. Mark & I included Esk Pike on the way up and Rossett Pike on the way back. Deep snow patches and fair bit of icy snow at the top of Little Narrow Cove made the final ascent a bit more entertaining than we (or at least, I) would really have liked. With John and Ed a year ago we reached the summit (without Esk Pike) in 1:56:50 and this year in 1:54:12. Last year we were back at ODG in 3:39:12 while this year Mark & I gat back in 3:27:05 having gone over Rossett Pike on the way back.

Rivington Pike FR
Last year, after Scafell Pike but without a 10 mile road race the previous day, I managed a PB of 26:05 placing 17 of 33 V50. This year - another PB of 24:21 placing 5 of 25 V50. It may get quicker, slightly, but it doesn't seem to get any easier.

Great day - thanks to everyone who helps make The Pike race happen. Thanks John, Mark and Ed for the other Pikes. Off to pack some running kit for Central Park.


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