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    A good first route please

    for a total novice

    I suspect you chaps get a lot of questions like this on here and get a little tired of repeating yourselves, so I'll try and keep mine fairly specific.

    1. I need to decide on a route to have a crack at. I'll be in Keswick in early March. I thought of:
    a) Skiddaw up and down the motorway
    b) Skiddaw round (up the ridge from Bassenthwaite and round via the waterfall, down the bridleway)
    c) Newlands horseshoe

    Given that I have never run more than two hours at a stretch on the flat perhaps they're all too ambitious. I can however walk quickly all day on the fells. My fitness is good: am around 43 mins for 10km and do British Military Fitness classes three times a week, which is pretty high-intensity.

    2. And the first of doubtless legion questions on kit: can I get away with my normal trainers to start off with?

    Richard Askwith has a lot to answer for, eh ...

    anyhow, any help / suggestions would be much-appreciated

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    Re: A good first route please

    What the hell you doing on the internet at 3.06am!!!!

    Skiddaw will be nice for you. No navigation problems because its like a bloody main road up the side of the hill!!! You could always turn back if you felt it too much. Lattrigg at the bottom of Skiddaw is a tough little test. I see these British Military Classes in Heaton Park and at Sale Water Park. Does the instructor never do the exercises or are they there to motivate?
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    Re: A good first route please

    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunner View Post
    What the hell you doing on the internet at 3.06am!!!!
    Looking forward to being asked, 'What the hell you doing up a mountain in March in a pair of shorts and a bumbag?'

    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunner View Post
    I see these British Military Classes in Heaton Park and at Sale Water Park. Does the instructor never do the exercises or are they there to motivate?
    To motivate and shout out the routines and pace changes etc. They'll run ahead pacing some of the longer running sections, and they'll demonstrate some exercises in detail so they're done properly, but the top group generally doesn't need that.
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    Re: A good first route please

    Newlands Horseshoe is an absolute classic. Don't worry that you've never run for more than 2 hours before - you'll probably be walking most of the climbs anyway.

    Not sure about 'normal trainers' though. I started out with a pair of Salomon trail shoes for the first 6 months of my running, which were ok until I started doing steep descents where you really need some studs.

    Good luck and enjoy it.

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    Re: A good first route please

    cheers GeoffB, will-do!

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    Re: A good first route please

    Skiddaw is fine in trainers if it's dry, although fell shoes might be better. I wouldn't do Newlands in trainers, unless you don't mind getting a wet arse.

    The nice thing about Skiddaw is the views over the other fells on a nice day or evening.

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    Re: A good first route please

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB View Post
    Newlands Horseshoe is an absolute classic. Don't worry that you've never run for more than 2 hours before - you'll probably be walking most of the climbs anyway.

    Not sure about 'normal trainers' though. I started out with a pair of Salomon trail shoes for the first 6 months of my running, which were ok until I started doing steep descents where you really need some studs.

    Good luck and enjoy it.
    thats right if your doing something steep ascents and descents on grass id sugest some inov-8s or walshes try inov-8s website very useful as it shows you different terrains for differnts shoes www.inov-8.com
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    Re: A good first route please

    Quote Originally Posted by Mud View Post
    I wouldn't do Newlands in trainers, unless you don't mind getting a wet arse.
    To which the reply would be: GRASSY ARSE for the advice
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    Re: A good first route please

    Quote Originally Posted by merrylegs View Post
    To which the reply would be: GRASSY ARSE for the advice


    That's quite good ML!
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    Re: A good first route please

    thanks all

    guess I'm just a little nervous about going up in winter on my todd and clattering my bonce in a boulder field somewhere 700m up

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