DIARY: Back from the Lakes

I have a lot of topics to catch up on since returning from the Lake District yesterday. Long story short, Snowdon proved, on the one hand, to be a remarkable experience with plenty of news about the future of the race and a personal meeting with Kenny Stuart, whilst on the other hand being a temporary low-point of my fell-running career when I delivered a shocking ascent and workman's descent to finish 3 minutes outside last year's time. Illness may have played a part but I don't know yet, but will return to this subject later.

Therefore I won’t waste too much time talking about the race on these pages but will put word to the many interesting anecdotes on the way especially those given by the legend that is Kenny Stuart.

Things got even more interesting when we left for the Lakes where I had planned recces of several Bob Graham Peaks (there’s 42 to choose from). This turned out quite the adventure for myself and Aoife and was only eclipsed by our “perfect day” at the Ambleside Traditional Sports Fair where we got to see traditional Lakeland events such as hound racing, grass biking, Cumberland wrestling and, of course, Guides Races up the nearby fell. For us, though, the highlight was very good performances as we both participated in the Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round, a 10 mile race taking in the seven Lakeland peaks of the traditional Fairfield Horseshoe.

After both experiences I have had time to reflect on the good of the bad of my training this year, where my heart really lies in running terms for the coming year and revised plans for autumn…

So all of this coming up…