Leg 10, Old A66 nr Troutbeck to Mosedale Road end

Having negotiated a herd of excitable young cows Dawn and I arrived at the ascent of Souther Fell. The bracken was as heinous as we’d expected! We bashed on through it and eventually reached grass and then our first summit of the leg. Then a lovely run along to the col before the longer climb up Blencathra which was unusually quiet. Just one tent near the summit. Dawn called the young man out of his cosy sleeping bag to come and take a picture of us! Then we had the lovely descent down to Mungrisdale Common. It was such a joy to be on the grass after yesterday steep and rocky ground. The rest of the leg was pretty straight forward with good going and a few short climbs. Before we knew it we had reached the summit of Bowscale Fell, our final Wainwright of the leg. Then it was another fabulous grassy descent down to the road to hand over to Graham and Tom D.  

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Leg 16: Glenridding to Dockray. Steve and Patrick

11.05 and Max and Stan come barrelling into the changeover bang on schedule, Max coming to the well deserved end of two legs with only four hours sleep between them, an awesome contribution. 
Off we go, straight up Glenridding Dodd with Steve finding some good trods through the bracken and scree. A photo at each Wainwright hones our selfie taking skills and we make steady progress: Sheffield Pike, Hart Side (with a slight delay to help some misplaced walkers), the out and back taking in Raise and White Side. A good Bob Graham short cut takes us to Stybarrow Dodd by which time the sun has properly come out and so on to Watson’s Dodd, Great Dodd and then the last summit, Clough Head where some impromptu yodelling takes place. 
The route back to Dockray along the Old Coach Road seems to last for far too long but we are into Dockray soon enough with the dogs leading from the front for the handover to Adam and James. Hills, sunshine, running. What’s not to like?Image.jpeg

Leg 9, Langdale to Rydal. Tom Carter and Rory Woods

I found this pretty tough! It was just about as far as I've ever run and not easy going in the dark. Really good effort from Tom who only joined the club a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure he expected to be signed up for a 7 hour leg starting at 1am! He also twisted his ankle pretty badly on the ridge out to Helm Crag but pushed on, clearly in a bit of pain, being careful on the lumpy bits but then speeding up the climbs.

It was a run of 3 halfs, starting with a nice sensible 1st half over the Langdale Pikes but then dropping down towards Borrowdale, back up Ullscarf and then straight off the other side down into The Bog at Wythburn. Ullscarf is not my favourite Wainwright and I will definitely not be repeating that route in a hurry. The Third half got much better, getting light just as we were climbing up the summit block on Helm Crag, and stunning views from then on with the sun coming up and mist in the valleys. With a few less miles in our legs the final ridge down towards Loughrigg would have been very pleasant running but it felt like it would never end and I think Tom's ankle was complaining. Putting the climb up Loughrigg at the very end was a bit mean but we managed to scrape together enough energy for a final sprint into Rydal.