Monday, 3 December 2012

Logan's Run - A Kinder Bimble 8mi. 17/11/2012.

This was a special one-off fell race that went up and down the highest peaks that the Kinder Scout area can offer; it covered some ground not normally accessed (with special permission, of course). Common for much fell-running activity around these parts, it was based in the ubiquitous Hayfield Scout HQ and organised by the equally ubiquitous Andy Howie and team. It was designed to provide daytime pleasurable exertion to complement the evening annual FRA 'Do', which this year was held in the Moorside Hotel above Disley (I didn't attend).

Categorised as an 'AM' race according to FRA rules, it was challenging, so times were slow. They were even slower for the unfortunate few who lost track of the flags on the descent from Kinder and the next climb (all off-path, naturally). Some turned left back up towards the plateau and some turned right to follow the stream down the valley.

After our exertions we got to eat soup, bread and loads of home-made cakes back in the scout hut (cakes sold in aid of cancer charity). It was a shame we only had 71 runners when 150 places were available, especially considering the latest overnight downpour had cleared off. Nevertheless, most of the food went anyway and an impressive sum was raised for charity. Fell runners are gut buckets, understandably.

You're lucky because I took quite a few pictures on the way 'round. A brief summary appears below:

Waiting for a latecomer.

A stile.

Into the clag.

Stepping up.

Kinder moonscape.

Another climb.

The marshal's dog looks too clean.

Heading for home to....

....tea and cake.

Job done!

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