Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Pleasure (and Pain)!

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 6/7th July 2013

Daniel and I were Team No. 475 in the Carrock Fell event which had 151 entries.

We last did the Saunders in 2003! This event was part of our plan to try out our kit choice and food, improve our mountain navigation and test ourselves for mountain fitness in advance of our October Event.

Unpacking the car on the Friday night
The Event Centre campsite in early morning sun

Our start was later at 10.00am – already the sun is really hot

Our course went up the diagonal path round the fell edge and then climbed up to Black Combe.

Looking back down on the Event Centre
On the fell top – looking north

The Lake District

Day 1 was 20.2km long on the direct line route with 805m climb. So we probably covered 21km plus or about 14 miles.

We came in 102nd from 135 finishers in 5h 38m.

Getting the tent out at the overnight camp

Packing up ready for Day 2

Day 2 was given as 17km long with more climb than the Saturday at 840m.

All the teams start together, so there is a lengthy procession of teams and the need to map read is minimal – especially as the weather was so clear.
Day 2, Sunday, was extremely hot and even though we ran as much as we could, other teams were overtaking us.

Coming over the top heading south – back to the Event Centre
Black Combe screes

Heading over to White Combe

Looking south to Morecambe Bay

Looking down at Whitehall Knott where we are heading

The pain of blisters!
Yes, we go down there!

Final run in – it was hard!
On Day 2, although we ran as much as possible, we came in 4hr 31min in 119th place, and therefore slipped down the order.

Overall, our 10hr 10min gave us 112th place out of the 130 teams that managed to finish.

We were also in the Veterans Race with a combined age of 100 – this gave us a better result against runners our ages of 43rd out of the 53 Vet Teams that finished.

It was a very pleasurable mountain event despite the pain of blisters and the exhaustion from the heat and effort needed.

Our de-briefing has given us a better idea of what food to take and we do need a modern mountain tent. Of course, being fitter and lighter will also help?!!

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