Duddon done

Well that was a great weekend, I’ll leave writing about the race to those of you a little nearer the sharp end, I just kept going up & down & turning left, I fell over, admired the scenery when I looked up & crossed the finish line flat on my face after a swallow dive.

The post race pies were great & the prize giving memorable, Stef B sporting his sharpest GI haircut added to his collection of Pete Bland credit notes (he can now afford half an innovate shoe) & Steph C just kept picking up prizes (all thoroughly deserved) but all this was knocked into a cocked hat by Roger who picked up the ladies V70 prize &, quite frankly, made my day. The trip to the Blacksmiths Arms was particularly enjoyable, I found waiting at the bar was no hardship, it quite stole my heart.

The weekend at High Moss for those of us who immersed in the whole experience was rewarding & enlightening, I can confirm that a good crumble does not need oats, Haydn has sod all to do with modern baroque, motor bikes are dangerous (seriously Rob), there is such a thing as a sock monkey & the Duddon Valley is very,very beautiful. A Sunday morning walk up the Walna Scar road to peer over a frosty Coniston is breathtaking.

My thanks to Geoff B for suggesting the trip & for acting as general factotum & sheepdog for those of us who needed rounding up & to all who added to a fantastic weekend.

Sign me up for next year.


Pennine Hut Weekends

Pennine Fell Runners have booked three hut weekends in the second half of 2013.
1. High Moss in the Duddon Valley has been booked for the nights of 09-10/08/2013 to cater for runners doing the Turner Landscape race from Seathwaite.
2. The Langton Adventure Centre at Hartsop has been booked for the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay – the night of 05/10/2013.
3. High Moss in the Duddon Valley has also been booked for the nights of 08-09/11/2013 for runners doing the Dunnerdale race from Broughton Mills.
If you want to book space for any of these weekends, please let me know.

Shared Access Minibus

A minibus will be available from June 2013 for use by community groups in Hayfield. Travelling to a fell race in the minibus will be possible on June 5th; to get to and from the Boars Head Fell Race in Poynton, leaving the Royal car park at 18:30. The cost per passenger will be £2 return.

The intention of using a minibus is to reduce the number of car journeys made and to make it possible for people without a car to travel to an event. Continue reading

PFR-MCC Joint Meet at Blaen-y-Nant


Many thanks to Steve Bowker for organising the joint Pennine and Mynydd hut weekend at the Mynnyd’s hut, Blaen-y-Nant, at Cwm Crafnant in the Carneddau, high above the Conwy valley. For those who have never been, Cwm Crafnant is a beautiful hanging valley tucked in the hills behind the village of Trefriw, and approached by a single-track road through craggy woodland. Continue reading