Friday, 9 May 2008

Friday 9th May 2008

Last Week
74 Miles, 14694 ft, 18:21:20

Long day on Saturday with Denis, Pauline and John Swift having a look at part of the "Joss Naylor" route from Red Screes to Steel Fell. Long, long climb into the wind to reach the top of Red Screes before the fun of the ups and downs over Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield to reach Seat Sandal and the descent to Dunmail. Not content yet we climbed out of Dunmail to Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag. From Helm Crag, after scrambling to one of the summits, we dropped into Grasmere and slogged round the back of the mere and Rydal Water to the car in Ambleside for a 21 mile almost 7 hour day that finished in warm sunshine.

After a brief leg stretch of little note on Sunday, Pauline and I met Keith in Ingleton to do teh "Other Three Peaks" (Ingleborough, Whernside and Gregareth). By Whernside we were enjoying the hazy sunshine (something of a contrast with the snow we encountered here in March) so much we decided to go to Great Coum by way of Green Hill and Crag Hill before Gregareth. By Ingleton we had finished another 21 mile day and decided we had 'earned' fish and chips at Settle on the way home.

My calfs seem to have completely recovered from the Three Peaks and my chest has only the slightest of traces of stiffness left - not enough to provide an excuse to miss either Tuesday's track session or last night's hill session.

Next Week
On Saturday, Pauline and I are going back to the Lakes to do an 'extended Kentmere Horseshoe' with John Swift followed by something on Winter Hill on Sunday to provide the foundation for another 70+ miles and 10000+ feet week.

Support
Road Support is sort and so far, Colin Jones, Rob Green and Brendan Bolland have agreed to navigate a leg and while I have another couple of navigators 'pencilled in' I would still welcome other offers of support. I will start to confirm other offers next week and finalise my nutrition schedule. I have been trying marzipan, as recommended by Mark Cudahy, and it is very easy to eat and so I will be using it on the day - thanks Mark.

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