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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Brotherton Lad View Post
    I did this last year 'for a laugh'. You need to know the precise line to take and be strong at climbing after several hours of running. Sadly, I was lacking in both departments and as I wearily climbed up to Ringing Roger, the gang I'd been with at Grindslow came running down. I'd lost the best part of 5 minutes. At least, I was able to see the funny side of this, in an especially ironic fashion.

    It is very tempting, RR seems so close from GK. The view from the brook, though, is not so favourable, especially because you can hear the finish line to your right.

    I'd strongly advise you to use the orthodox route on your first run.
    BL - Many thanks - I will indeed stick to the orthodox route this year and hopefully sometime I will be able to get across for a recce and a time trial of the 2 choices. It has not been possible this year, especially with a last minute entry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sore legs View Post
    recce and a time trial of the 2 choices.
    I tried on a training run. Done both options and the time difference was comparable to BL. And that was coming from Edale via from Hollings Cross. After the full race it would probably be worse. The climb is very difficult with the heather and rocks.

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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by sore legs View Post
    BL - Many thanks - I will indeed stick to the orthodox route this year and hopefully sometime I will be able to get across for a recce and a time trial of the 2 choices. It has not been possible this year, especially with a last minute entry.

    Thanks again.
    You would need to do a time trial after running round the course (so that's twice). The choice is between a relatively flat, but long way round, and an extremely demanding but shorter down and up. I wasn't especially fit last year and remember just stopping on the climb up and laughing at my foolhardiness, with added infantry curses, such as the classic 'you f***ing stupid t*ss*r'.

    There are some good photos on Google Earth, the ones taken from the path up to RR show the view over to GK.
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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    i can't wait for this one now, my longest race to date and is going to kill me, ah well a good excuse for a few pints afterwards!!

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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by sore legs View Post
    This is my first Skyline and having read some of the earlier posts there seems to be a route choice after the Grindslow Knoll CP. If the 'down & up' option is taken is there any restrictions or what is this route?? As daft as the question may seem, is it simply head East off Grindslow Knoll picking your way through the fields (looks like many of the walls are broken on google) and then cross the Brook going direct to the last CP?

    Any information on this would be very useful and appreciated.

    Thanks - Paul
    As has been said, unless you are a VERY strong climber and descender and a top 30 runner I would go round. you will loose out otherwise, I ve done it training many times and both ways, there is a racing line but unless you know it join the mortals...

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    Can anyone confirm if there will be any water stations on the route?

    I have seen reference to Hope and Mam Nick, but cannot see anything www race info.

    Plenty out recceying over the weekend I noticed , and plenty of stud marks on all the 'racing lines' :wink:
    Big water stations at Hope and Mamnick, don't count on Jacobs ladder as what is there is carried up and saved for those in desperate need. there are streams after JL that do provide water but they are quite low at the moment.

    I did the second half this morning from Mamnick. much wetter than last week, also quite cold. as you say plenty of stud marks on most of the route but 2 of the "race lines" were almost studless??

    Quote Originally Posted by barnyc View Post
    i can't wait for this one now, my longest race to date and is going to kill me, ah well a good excuse for a few pints afterwards!!
    Rescue Ale will be available for the usual donation

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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Myself and my partner will be marshalling at the road crossing in Hope so I will be cheering you all through. Taking lots of jelly babies too just in case someone needs a fix :-). So looking forward to this. Go go go lads and lasses. Getting really excited xx

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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by IanDarkpeak View Post
    but 2 of the "race lines" were almost studless??
    Which ones would they be?

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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by DrPatrickBarry View Post
    Which ones would they be?
    well theres that one by the plateaux path and the other by that stream

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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by IanDarkpeak View Post
    well theres that one by the plateaux path and the other by that stream
    I think I may need that lasso on race day.

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    Re: Edale Skyline 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by IanDarkpeak View Post
    I did the second half this morning from Mamnick. much wetter than last week, also quite cold. as you say plenty of stud marks on most of the route but 2 of the "race lines" were almost studless??
    They do say the cognoscenti recce those secret lines in bare feet, carrying their shoes. :closed:

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