Sunday, 14 March 2010

Some tough training for the Bob Graham

Todays training run was an important test in getting ready for the Bob Graham Round. 45 kms and 3,000 metres of ascent. What would I feel like by the end? If I was suffering badly then the thought of doing more than double this would be tough.

Starting from Keswick with a team of around 10 runner from Dallam running club we headed straight up Skiddaw, a climb of 800 metres in around 6kms. The summit ridge was blasted by storm force winds and the ground was frozen hard. Everyone was bent double to make progress.

Storm force winds on Skiddaw

The next 15 kms took in Great Calva and Blencathra before a rocky descent down to the main Penrith/Keswick road and a short break for food.

The steep descent off Blencathra

Now came the long climb up to Clough Head and the start of the Helvellyn section which takes in 12 peaks all exposed to the strenghtening winds. By the time we reached the trig point on Helvellyn it was hard to even move at times, and sub zero temperatures made the challenge even greater. 

 Holding onto the trig point on Helvellyn Summit

We regrouped at the summit shelter before completing the last three summits of the day. It was a pleasure to drop down to the relatively mild temperatures at Dunmail Raise. Even after the last steep drop to the road (the descents can shred your legs more than the uphills) my legs felt fine, and I knew if I had to carry on I could have done so. Time taken was approx 8 hours, so well inside schedule as well.

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