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The smoothness of its polished surface is almost silken. The stone pulls all the heat from your fingers. The shape, long and elegantly curved in profile, widens to the unmistakeable, gently curved cutting edge, the bulk of its weight being just behind this point. From its shape you know this is an axe head, but… Read More The Multiple Journeys of the Langdale Axes
I let the hot water of the shower just fall on me and think back. I remember the energy of the first climb and the burning muscles of the last. I recall the joyous morning sun and the oppressive midday blaze. I smile at the buzz when explaining to others on the fell the task… Read More The Feelings of a day.
30th April Hardmoors 110 (DNF) 30th April Keswick Mountain Festval 50km (28th of 185; 06:05:36) 18th June Vegan 3000 (entered) 24th September Rab MM 29th October OMM Plus a couple of Rab Mini MMs and maybe a solo run of the Cumbria Way.
Position, 59th, 170 finishers. 10h 53m 30s Total Distance: 86.9km (approx. 54 miles) Total Ascent: approx. 2700m (approx. 8860ft) In reality… … I completed it which in the context of my 3 aims (completion, completion under 10hours, completion under 10hours within the top 5%) is the least satisfactory but when compared to my past attempts… Read More Hardmoors 55 – 22/03/14
Position, 5th, 86 finishers. 04h 24m 38s Total Distance: 50km (approx. 31miles) Total Ascent: approx. 700m (approx. 2300ft) While not a race with a considerable amount of climbing or distance I thought it enough. This considering I was still supposed to be watching for signs of long-term concussion after my head-injury in California where a… Read More The Lost Year Pt3: Ennerdale
The following three posts are an overview of the Lost Year (the last 12 months). They include posts written soon after the events with additional editing as well as new material. Position, 4th/5th, 122 finishers. 04h 25m 30s Total Distance: 42.2km (approx. 26.2miles) Total Ascent: approx. 1410m (approx. 4651ft) Despite concerns raised in my last… Read More The Lost Year Pt1: Howgills
Position, 162nd (21st M30), 1187 finishers. 08h 32m 25s Total Distance: 79.4km (approx. 49.3miles) Total Ascent: approx. 2750m (approx. 9000ft) Having DNF’d at the Hardmoors in March my ego was pretty subdued during my two days in Davos prior to the start of the 27th SwissAlpine K78 ultramarathon. The main thoughts in my head revolved… Read More K78 Race Report