Fantastic pic Stolly!
Fantastic pic Stolly!
Hills and Guinness
Thanks to everyone that supported me on Saturday from 4am to 10.12pm - 18hours and 12 minutes. I owe a lot to everyone that came out on the hill and also to those backstage especially Amanda Heading of www.racekit.co.uk as they made a record BG round possible in those conditions.
I always advocate not doing rounds in bad weather but the forecast was showers (same as for the Wasdale race which actually turned out perfect running weather) and so I went for it. Leg 1 was blustery and Skiddaw rather foul. Then the skies lifted and across Helvellyn we had views across to Scafell which looked promising. I managed to gain a bit of time on my 18 hour schedule until Great End where slippery rocks did slow me down a bit. Ill Crag and Broad Crag were horrid and the Scafell's lethal. After Broad Stand I needed two minutes just to calm the nerves and then the rock slabs up to the plateau were scary. Running into Wasdale once again the sun came out and although I could see clag on Gable there was no way I was dropping out then with only two legs to go.
Leg 4 started promising but a glitch in my schedule to Red Pike unnerved me, then I didn't eat, then my stomach packed up on me. Forcing a rice pudding down was a "make or break" and it did work by Green Gable although I had lost more time fighting it and the rocks by then. The hail and wind on Brandreth was the absolute pits and I was so glad to be getting off the hills to Honister.
The last leg was time to push it; my stomach had settled helped by soup at Honister, and I didn't have to worry too much about energy. I could picture the finish and even the road felt good as I didn't have to pick my way across rocks and could stretch out. What a feeling to sprint up deserted Keswick streets and touch the Moot Hall!!!!
And yes planning has started.....
Yes it could, although I would have expected the rash to appear sooner if you were symptomatic quickly. The kid of contact allergic reactions that make you feel unwell typically cause marked swelling of the area affected with heat, redness and itching. More serious cases have airway involvement. Could deffo have been a contributory factor though along with the driving rain bullets, wind and slippery rocks.
BTW I think I left my posh Camelbak insulated water bottle in Kelly's car, did you spot it?
Yep. Hes has your water bottle and I also have someone's OMM woolly hat
That could be mine too,I'll check tonight
Hi guys, Protodoc, I've got your waterbottle in my car. We decided that I'm most likely to be in your neck of thewoods sometime soon. I'll get your hat from Stolly & drop both in some time soon unless you are anywhere near Masham, in which case give me a ring.
Stolly, that rash does look pretty hope it goes away soon. I reckon it was the bracken...its dodgy stuff.
'The birds are the keepers of our secrets'