Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wanderings around Winter Hill

Gem and I had a great day round Rivington and Winter Hill on Sunday battling against the elements, I was testing out my new shoes bought last weekend after a quick jog round Latrigg on a whistle stop trip to Keswick. I decided to try the New Balance 840 I loved the RX terrain but unfortunately they are not made anymore, and these were £50 in the factory shop so cheaper than anything else I had considered.

12 months ago I was battling severe weather on the OMM and being featured on the BBC News, but this year a fellow competitor from last year had invited me to his wedding, thus getting me out of it for another 12 months, I will be back to finish it next time.

We decided to make an early start and try and get in about 3 - 4 hours of running around the local fells, vaguely following parts of the Winter Hill race, the wind was definitely against us and climbing up Winter Hill from Egg Hillock was definitely hard graft. It was great to be out getting a few miles in, I need to get back into it ready for the Tour of Pendle next month. Talking to a couple of friends on Saturday night I have some competition. I might even be tempted to a recce on Friday afternoon if I get out of work in time.

I've been out on the bike a bit, cycling to work and went for a long ride taking in a few climbs last week when I was off work. I'm off again on Monday and Tuesday so I think I'll take advantage and get a couple of long days out, one running and one on the bike. I have been having a littl bit of knee pain but I think its down to all the miles I have done this year and hopefully nothing serious.

Just need to figure out my goals for next year, I've been looking at a few events and noticed that I can qualify for the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc, a race I have fancied doing for ages so I'll have a look and maybe venture out for something a bit different. Any good ideas gratefully received.......

 I have been following loads of blogs recently and its great to read about people's antics have a look down my blog roll and take a couple of minutes to check out some of the blogs, a really good read.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

BG Reunion Dinner

Last night was the Bob Graham Round Club reunion dinner at the Shap Wells Hotel. It was the end of a BG journey that started about two years ago, recieving my certificate from Anne Johnson, the womens record holder for the BG and 24hr record (66 peaks!). If felt great to finally hold that certificate in my hands, although Mark Hartells words were resounding through my head still. If it wasn't for all the help I have received during my training, and on the round it would have been impossible to be here, thank you again to all those who helped me to get to the end I don't think I would ever be able to repay you fully, but do remind me I owe you all a pint at least !

Thursday, October 01, 2009


We have just had a wonderful two weeks holiday in France getting plenty of bouldering done and getting some sun. We have been to Font four times before, but every time we go we find new places to explore, it is a beautiful place and the climbing is as hard as you want it to be, loads for everyone to do. Two weeks in a tent has been great and I feel fully refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of training again, just need to decide on the next goal.

Off for another day of Bouldering at Apremont

91.1 with the fine white sand

Got a bouldering mat and a baguette, all's good!

Franhard Haute Plains

Grez sur Loing, village where we camped

At the tent

Chicken on the fire, nice !