25th February - This weekend I've done lots of running in the Peak District as due to the weather and cows calving (we've got 22 now!) it was more worthwhile running locally and being at home. This has though enabled me to do a Park run (my 21st I think) and the West Yorkshire Winter League race. These are great events and the Dewsbury event uses the Hoppits race course which is how I got involved. So a 5ish mile blast round Stainland Lions course on Sunday morning followed by 4 hours over Bleaklow on Sunday afternoon. The legs were pretty shattered at Winter Mondays last night!
15th February - I went to the Lakes on the Saturday with Andy Heading to try and recce Leg 1 of the BG. Storm Dennis was forecast and after 4 hours we decided enough was enough and retired to a cafe! That evening was the Ambleside Climbers Shop Charity event at 4pm however the worsening weather meant that attendance was lower than booked. I enjoyed watching the Barkley film and talking about 2019 and my plans for 2020! The audience were great and asked some really good questions. Afterwards Cathy said for me to get off as the roads were getting flooded. We made it out by going through some deep waters and were thankful to do so. Thanks ever so much to Inov-8 and the Climbers Shop/Joe Browns for organising the event. We raised £360 for Odyssey and Hugo has been in touch to say thanks!
On the Sunday I headed over to Saddleworth for the New Chew orienteering event. With a strong wind and showers forecast it looked very cold out there as I drove over Wessenden. Looking at the map there were a lot of stream junctions and having had lots of poor experiences of Stream Junction finding on this event - I wasn't keen! But it had to be done and so it was! Not very fast but reasonably accurately. I then headed off to Wessenden for a 40 pointer and halfway there realised that it might not have been the best decision as I only had two hours and was as far away from the Finish as I could possibly be - knowing that the route back was rather rough too!
I collected the 40 pointer and then just basically headed for home! making good progress I debated a 10 pointer but after floundering around in a stream/river bed in heather and rocks I aborted that silly idea and just ran in finishing with 10 minutes to spare and all my 225 points intact! 9th Overall in the end and 1st Lady. Chew 2020 Results.pdf This is one of the best races in the calendar and many thanks to Peter Cobley and Saddleworth Runners for a great event and the best pie and peas ever!
11th February - To get some more Barkley training in I went to Wales with Kirsty Hewitson despite the forecast and Storm Ciara coming in. Saturday wasn't a bad day until 3pm (although too cold for photos) and we managed a lot of the Rhinogs ridge from Barmouth bridge to Clip before aborting down to Trawsfynydd (finishing over another impressive bridge) just before dark. Thanks to Flora for collecting us from there. On reaching my van at Barmouth though I saw I had a total flat tire but between us we had changed the wheel in about 20 minutes! Off to the pub and pizza for tea. The forecast was very bad for Sunday and over breakfast we decided to abort and go home. That was such a good decision as even getting out of Wales meant driving through flooded roads and up onto pavements. We We were all home at 11am and tucked up inside in the warm! Photos
On a very windy day I completed in the Wadsworth Trog on 1st February. I set off wearing longs and warm thermal just wanting to enjoy it as we'd had a long tiring week on farm. I don't like some of the new course and tried to settle into a running rhythm on these flatter sections. I felt good though and the wind did help once by blowing me uphill but overall it was quite a battle even running downhill against it. I had looked at my previous times and thought I'd done 3.26 hours and 3.34 hours so said to Steve Sanders that I was hoping for 3.30 hours. I was glad to finish and get out of the wind and am very chuffed with my 3.24 hours! I was 4th Lady and 1st LV50 - beating the LV50 record - which I checked afterwards was actually my own! 2020 Wadsworth Results
28th January 2020 - Last weekend I attended the National Running Show in Birmingham as part of the Bad Boy Running Ultra Zone. I have done a podcast for Bad Boy running in January 2019 and kept in touch ever since. My slot was on Sunday morning but I arrived on Saturday lunchtime to take in the show. It was much bigger and busier than I ever imagined it would be! It was good to meet up with Keri Wallace from Girls on Hills and we had a great time at the show and also in Wetherspoons then the "Networking dinner" in the evening. I never plucked up courage to go and talk to Laz on Saturday and then couldn't find him before leaving on Sunday. Oh well - that will have to wait till later in the year!
25th January 2020 - Last week I have been attending the Fell Running Association Race Organisors meetings and found myself in the Lakes on Thursday so me and Wisp went for a long run over Helvellyn. I ended up running hard so that I could get back and make the Ambleside branch of Alpkit before closing. I actually ended up running through Ambleside in full fell running kit and throwing myself through the door at 5.27pm surprising them all. Thanks Alpkit for a lovely warm pair of Rhombic Waterproof Winter Gloves !
18th January 2020 - I had a great weekend running on the Welsh mountains with Kirsty, Flora & Wisp. For a change we went to Dolgellau and the weather was perfect. Saturday we found a great route ending up on Cadair Idris at sunset however on Sunday we weren't so fortunate and out descent eventually led us to a recently deforested forest! Thanks so much to Flora for collecting on both days and saving us from a long road run back! Photos of both days
12th January - Trigger in cold, wet conditions. As part of the organising team I sat at Registration until 15 minutes before the Start and didn't realise how cold and wet it had got outside. Hence I set off in 3/4's and a lighter waterproof than I would have really liked. I felt good though and as usual glad to be off and leave organising to someone else for 5 hours! The rain came down as we headed to Wessenden and I was soaked right through. Then as we climbed Black Hill the wind and the clag came in. Overall the conditions suited me perfectly and I warmed up running into Crowden where I was chased by Kev Saville. At least having Kev for company made the flat running pass quicker and I was glad to reach the bottom of Torside. I put more gloves and hats on here and ascended into the clag again. The water was just running in all the trods making it hard for me to tell whether I was in a stream or on a path heading towards Shelf Moor. I emerged pleased to see the Woodhead Mountain Rescue marshalls there. I dived off glad to be heading down again. As I approached the path near the waterfall I caught some runners and we headed to Snake Top CP. Straight across as it was too cold to stop. The clag was coming and going but I went too far along the flags and ended up in some rubbish ground down Withins. The Cp appeared quickly and I was surprised that runners ahead were going up the path. Never mind I thought as I headed direct. I bumped into more runners climbing towards the Fence CP and it was Conrad Rawlik and 4 other men. They disappeared off after the CP but I caught them again at the Woolpacks. It was good to be running with people to try and keep up with. I love the descent down from Grineslow Knoll to the Finish and especially as my hands warmed up! Running into Fieldhead Campsite I was happy to finish and very chuffed with my time (4.38.30 hours) and 2nd Lady position behind Megan Wilson. Results
Steve said he set off steadily and was initially disappointed with his 6.30 hours but now knows he can push a bit harder. We're both entered into the Manx Mountain Marathon at Easter!
8th January - Brief synopsis of my Christmas and New Year
Christmas Eve to Boxing Day - travelled to Devon and spent Christmas with my Aunt Maggie and family. Had a stinking cold / cough but festivities helped!
Home to the farm for a couple of days
Weekend - off to Galloway to Mark farm then on Saturday 28th I travelled to Ireland to race with Billy Reed over there which was tough being an 8 mile trail race. Also Sunday went for a very windy run in the Mournes - cough subsiding a bit.
Week - spent decorating at Mark Farm. Finished one room completely and ran out of paint! Steve's sister Sue and John visited to celebrate New Year! No running!
Home to Trigger preparations!