|Caroline - last minute race prep|
|Sunset over Coniston|
|Andy Johns - looking relaxed pre start|
Dalemain to Howton Total distance covered 11.2
miles 1 hour 35 minutes 67th place
Howton to Mardale Head Total distance covered 20.6 miles 3 hours 44 minutes 79th Place
Mardale Head to Kentmere Total distance covered 27.1 miles 5 hours 18 minutes 77th place
|Gatescarth Pass Photo from www.cloudyskiesandraining.com|
Kentmere to Ambleside Total distance covered 34.4 miles 7 hours 2 minutes 74th place
Ambleside to Langdale Total distance covered 40 miles 8 hours 11 minutes 66th place
Langdale to Tilberthwaite Total Distance covered 46.5 miles 9 hours 43 minutes 66th place
Tilberthwaite to Coniston Total distance 50 miles 10 hours 43 minutes 23 seconds 72nd place
The race provides a free meal to each and every finisher so I settled down to a plate of Cottage Pie and washed it down with another 4 cups of milk.
Andy had been following Caroline's who was not having the best of days, so I popped off for a quick shower (lovely hot showers also provided foc.) and a change and then we headed into Coniston to wait for Caroline to finish, which she duly did in a very creditable 12 hours 25 minutes.
I've done a lot of running on the West Highland Way and I'm regularly asked how the Lakeland races compare.
With no disrespect to the WHW, the Lakeland races are far far tougher, bigger climbs; steeper climbs; poorer ground conditions, overall much less runnable.
Overall I couldn't be happier, it's a colossal PB, far beyond my best goal of PB by 1 hour.
Now its time for a brief rest, before my next challenge the Helsinki Marathon in 4 weeks time.
To close I'd like to register a huge thanks to RD's Marc & Terry, to the veritable army of marshals and helpers who gave up their weekend, thanks for an epic Lakeland Adventure.