Friday, June 16, 2006

Friday 16th June - Ennerdale

53 today and by recent tradition my birthday should be 'celebrated' with something slightly out of the ordinary (last year it was my first LAMM, my first mountain marathon) and a few years before that Pauline & I did our first LDWA walk, our first night walk, over Skiddaw & Blencathra. Today, well tonight, I am going back to Skiddaw & Blencathra on a slightly different route and, hopefully, at a faster pace as a support runner for Mark Davies on his clockwise BGR.

Ennerdale was hot and apart from a struggle between just before and after Iron Crag I am pleased with my run, 38 minutes faster than last year, third counting runner for V50 team that enables us to retain first place in the Championship and my first points in the club fell championship. No matter how hard it is Ennerdale really is worth the effort - a classic long fell race in wonderful, beautiful countryside and I am really looking forward to my Leg 2 when some of will be revisited.

On Sunday Pauline and I went to the Ulpha Fells for a fairly gentle 16 miles and 4000 feet to visit 14 Wainwright Outlyers - I know this is the start of my taper but the weather was too good not use. The rest of the week was pretty quiet - 12 miles and not enough feet to mention.

Last Week
Miles: 51 Feet :13600 (tonight's run to be added to these)

Support Teams
Injuries continue to force changes. Paul Murray pulled a calf muscle trying to recover from a previous pull and is now pessimistic about his chances. Brendan has stepped in to navigate Leg 4 and Suzanne is hopeful (and probably hopelessly optimistic) about her ankle recovering sufficiently. It would be great shame if she is unable to make it because from the very beginning she has been very supportive and hugely enthusiastic about the whole thing. Chris Heys is making a 'Rooney like' recovery and running well in the Horwich Tour so he looks good for Leg 5.


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