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

Zoë Procter’s Paddy Buckley round (24 hours and 2 minutes)

This was my second attempt at the Paddy Buckley round, having aborted half way round five weeks prior due to really bad weather, and I wanted to give it one last go this summer while I was still fit and psyched. The route is 62 miles over 47 peaks in Snowdonia, North Wales. It covers over 8500m of ascent (28,000 ft) and has only been done by about 130 people.


Leg1: Capel Curig to Nantmor (6:05)

I started at 11 am on Saturday 15th August 2015 from Capel Curig with David (who I met for the first time) and Will (who had been having a go on our last attempt and will be doing it solo soon with an overnight bivy). The weather was sunny with a pleasant fresh breeze and all went to plan up Moel Siabod and then over the grassy, bog-hopping rolling terrain before the Croser quarries and the half-way point of the first leg, just over 3 hours in. Experience had taught me to break this long leg into two legs and the same was done with food and water and runners. Mary and Heather were waiting for us after some yoga and snoozing and the large team of us speeded along to Moelwyn Bach and up and down and up to Moelwyn Mawr and then across to the formidable Cnicht, and the long descent into the first support station at Nantmor half an hour ahead of schedule. Continue reading

Pat’s BG Comments

I did the Blackpool Marathon back in April 2009 and afterwards I decided I had enough of road running – I needed to find something different. To cut a long story short within a month I was out on a Thursday run with Pennine up Lantern Pike on a relatively quite evening as a lot of people were travelling up to Jura. Not long afterwards there was great excitement on Thursday night that went way above my head but from what I could work out somebody had done a long run, which I assumed was a race. Dave Bowden explained that it was not a race but a personal challenge, I was still none the wiser. (Who would that have been 2009?) Sometime later my brother in Dublin asked me to order a book about hill running for him as the postage to Ireland was too expensive. You guessed it Feet in the Clouds. Well I had to read it before bringing it back to Ireland at Christmas. The seed was sown! I knew it was not practicable back then, I was just too new to fell running and my family was too young. I decide that I would wait until my 50th year when two of the three kids would be in secondary school and that would give me more time for training. I was partially happy for it to be a long way in the future as I was a bit (a lot!) scared of the amount of training. But over the past few weeks as the day drew nearer I was starting to get a bit scared of the training finishing, what would I do afterwards! Continue reading

The Billy Bland Challenge


I have an idea to put a team in for the Billy Bland Challenge during June 2015. Not too worried about a time target, we just want to have a great time in the Lakes and complete the BG as a team. Website address below.

Anyone interested?


Wicklow Moonlight Challenge

Stroke Association



IN AID OF STROKE ASSOCIATION (registered as a charity in England and Wales no 211015)

THE ‘MOONLIGHT CHALLENGE’, is an invigorating adventure through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland. The route is approximately 27km long and takes place on 8th November under a full moon, weather permitting, and is organised by the local Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team with the aim of fundraising for their team – a voluntary Mountain Search & Rescue Unit and dedicated 999 resource for which volunteers give up their time freely 365 days a year for no personal recompense. Continue reading

Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge – July 5th 2014

Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge – July 5th 2014

I had my first attempt at this run back in 2009 when I was a spritely 50 year-old.  Unfortunately I wasn’t really that spritely; it was at the start of my ankle problems and the training hadn’t gone well.  To cut a long story short, I missed out on the 12 hour limit by about 3 minutes, but Ian Warhurst had found the strength to keep going strongly at the end and finish with about 10 minutes to spare. Continue reading

Joss Naylor Challenge

I’ll be having another crack at the Joss Naylor Challenge on Saturday 21st September.  For those who aren’t familiar with this challenge run, it was instigated by the great man himself specifically for over the 50s.  The run involves starting at Pooley Bridge, crossing 30 summits and finishing outside Joss’s house, at Greendale Bridge in Wasdale, 77km (48 miles) and 5200m (17000ft) of ascent later.  Oh yes, and I only have 12 hours to do it in.  (Someone pointed out to me last week that it’s like 2/3 of a Bob Graham in half the time!)

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12 in 12 for Mesothelioma UK

Please find below some pictures from our recent walk in aide of Mesolthelioma UK. The intention was to complete 12 peaks in the Lake District in 12 hours. This we did but we did change the route from the original intention.

My sister was spending a fortnight in the Lakes with her family and had set up camp in Hawkshead. With the walk starting at Wasdale Head, some hour and a half away, we decided not to do a circular walk. Instead, we decided to make our way back towards Hawkshead to make the evening ride home a little shorter. We still wanted to do 12 peaks and we still wanted to include Scafell Pike. Therefore, I devised a route from Wasdale Head to Coniston which looked achievable in the 12 hours and it had the added benefit of going across parts of the Lake District I didn’t know that well. Continue reading