Steve’s Coast-to-Coast Cycle Ride

Steve Bowker has asked me to  post details of his forthcoming Coast to Coast cycle ride in support of Stroke charities on the Pennine Blog.

Below is a copy Steve’s page explaining the whole thing (click on it for a better view), and below it is a link to Steve’s flyer.

It may be worth pointing out that it is not possible to accommodate people on the whole three day ride now, unless they are totally self- sufficient, but Steve is happy to get support from anyone willing to ride along (slowly), for a day.

SB C2C 1

SB C2C Flyer

Winter is a coming!

I have a couple of totally unused bargains here if they happen to fit your tyre size.
£20 for either the chains or the socks.

Halfords snowchains (cost £80-90).
Fits: 155/70R12, 165/70R12, 145/70R13, 155/70R13, 165/60R13, 175/60R13, 145/70R14.

Autosock 580 (cost £50+).
Fits: 165/55R16, 165/65R15, 165/70R13, 165/70R14, 165/70R15, 165/80R13, 175/55R15, 175/60R14, 175/60R15, 175/65R14, 175/65R15, 175/70R13, 175/70R14, 175/75R13, 185/50R16, 185/55R15, 185/60R15, 185/60R15, 185/65R13, 185/65R14, 185/70R13, 195/45R16, 195/50R15, 195/50R16, 195/55R14, 195/55R15, 195/60R14, 195/65R13, 195/70R13, 205/60R14

Lingmell Dash

I’m having a problem with the Stats for the PFR Champs following Lingmell Dash. The results are on the Wasdale MRT website at but they are difficult to read, some runners’ names are missing, and some are entered twice.

If you were at the 2015 Lingmell Dash race, please can you let me know who was running and the finishing order (if possible).

At the moment I have Jane Mellor, Nic Barber Barber, Ric Houghton, Dave Soles (twice – different times), Steve Watts, Ron Rees and Rob Taylor. No sign of Roger Ashby or Paul Hills, and there may be others who were running but who are unlisted.

NB in split races like this I usually factor women and men together for the champs using the recorded times – could be difficult for this one!!!!

Jura Thoughts

Casement Quote


Alas – this year we were missing from Jura yet again, but, after the last fallow year, I was hardly up for it! From the results I see there was a good Pennine presence, and some fine performances too!

At the very time you were running over the Paps, Alison and I were cycling the very hilly road which skirts the cliffs of Fair Head, across the waters over in Antrim, and, just above Murlough Bay, we came across this, an excerpt from a letter by Roger Casement to Elizabeth and Gertrude Bannister, written the night before he was executed in Pentonville Prison.

Unfortunately, although it was a dry and sunny day, the distances were not clear – we could just about make out the gloomy bulk of Kintyre, but not the “keen and clear” peaks of Jura.

(N.B. the  reference to “Benburb” is a ballad written by Casement commemorating a battle fought in 1646 during the aftermath of the Irish Rebellion.)

Pennine Handicap Race 7 – Boars’s Head – Final Race

Pennine Handicap  – Race 7 – 14 March 2015
Reports by Dave Jones

Race 7 – Seniors
Nineteen courageous runners arrived, most of them early, to face the daunting challenge of navigating round Lyme Park and environs and the car park was occupied with people on the pub seats and in cars working out their favoured routes before their start times. The Solicitors, who had apparently spent large portions of the week endlessly scouring the area for small metal tags could probably have just gone round the corner and quietly entered the answers on their maps but, being men of honour, they didn’t. Continue reading

Pennine Handicap – Race 6 – Lantern Pike

Pennine Handicap – Race 6 – 28th February
Reports by Dave Jones

An eager horde of twenty-six runners descended on the Lantern Pike for Jim’s excellent and cunning route, where the navigation between the points was definitely of less importance than how you got out to them and back from them, although, judging from the conversation in the pub, Fairvage Clough provided several pauses for thought.

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