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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Back Up & Running

Activity This Week

This weeks stats:

RunBikeWalk( miles)
This week1116936
This year1116936
Ascent (run/walk) this week3700'
This Year3700'

Alan & Graham on Bleaberry Fell

So far off to a good start.

First highlight was the discovery (at least for me, others seem to have been far quicker off the mark!!) of running on the beaches of the Solway Coast. Had a really good come back 10k run on Sunday evening after the Directors / Trustees weekend at Blaithwaite, along the beach at Allonby. Took it very easy and completed in just about an hour as the sun was setting - fantastic.Have also made use of the much unloved bike this week in an effort to rebuild some fitness, I don't like it much but it is useful for this purpose.

Fell Running (22 January 2011)

Ard Crags & Knott Rigg

With: on my own

Weather: dry & clear; light wind; just around freezing point

My new bag on the unremarkable summits of Ard Crags & Knott Rigg

Although these two summits could described as unremarkable in their own right this is a gem of a short run in the Newlands Valley. Once again left the car at minus 2 degC and ran up a very pleasant Rigg Beck until level with the end of the wall on the opposite side where I began to ascend steeply on to the main ridge. The next section up on to Ard Crags summit ridge was the only part that contained some bits that were difficult (at least for me) to run.
The summit ridge that leads to Ard Crags & connects to Knott Rigg was a joy to run: fluid; airy; free - is this the closest thing to heaven on earth? After Knott Rigg I folowed the curving ridge to descend to the road via Keskadale Farm. The tarmac section to finish is the only negative.

Approx 5 miles; 1700' ascent; 90 mins
Wainwrights = 2

Ard Craggs summit ridge
 Fell Walking (18 January 2011)
Walla Crags; Bleaberry Fell; High Seat; High Tove; Armboth Fell

With: Graham & Alan-R

Weather: Pleasant day; dry; cool; good vis; just about frozen on summits

9 miles; 2000' ascent; 5 Wainwrights (3 of them new for me)

        Alan & Graham on Walla Craggs

High Tove

Centre Life  (http://www.blaithwaite.co.uk/)

During the week maintenance projects have progressed at pace. Richard has re-decorated room 2 in the Main House & got on well with the glossing downstairs. Allan is back up & running with refurbishment of the campers shower block - all new showers & pine cladding throughout the interiors, they'll look really good when finished.

The cold weather has returned with a vengance - frost each night & bitterly cold on Thursday with freezing fog persisting all day.

A Church group from the same weekend of last year returned to the Main House & a ladies retreat in the Stables have been our guests. The ladies group are well known to us & Kay was able to join them for a good part of their stay. Thankfully the fog finally cleared around lunch time on Saturday. Think it was a Blaithwaite fog as my morning run in Newlands (see above) was completely clear. I do like the groups to be able to see the Centre in sunshine.

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