Borrowdale Fell race (17 miles, 6500 feet ascent)
I don't like running. Not proper running anyway. But I enjoy steep ground and rough terrain. When the mood takes me I like being out in bad weather too. So I loved the Borrowdale race on August 2nd.
This race starts and finishes in Rosthwaite and takes in checkpoints at Bessyboot, Esk Hause, Scafell Pike, Styhead, Great Gable, Honister and Dalehead summit, before the final sting in the tail – half a mile along the flat valley bottom. After my usual slow start I caught Jack after an hour. We were running in cloud along an indistinct path and she asked me to stay with her. We had reccied the route previously except for the first section to Esk Hause. We thought that the field would be tightly packed in the early stages so that it wouldn't be possible to take the wrong line. How wrong we were. The faint trod we were following came to an abrupt halt and so did the runners in front. After a quick bearing we were back on track and passed a group of runners we had already overtaken once much earlier. We probably only lost 2 minutes but it was frustrating. Still, that's fellrunning and we should have known better than to rely on others (are you reading Jim?)