So here's my round up of the year so far.
As mentioned in previous blog spent a day marshaling at the Grand Day out Cumbria. We had great fun in the snow.
|Our marshal spot at the Cockpit|
|Heading back down into Askham|
After driving home from here in a blizzard, I decided not to push my luck and withdrew from That's Lyth at the end of the month,the weather was horrendous and OH was not too happy about me going on my own and I didn't really want him to come and have to spend a day in Kendal in the rain and wind waiting for me. So that was that for this year. Kim would still like to do the route so this is something we can pencil in for later on and there's always next year.
Valentine Run - each year one of the members of our club organizes a brilliant day out of running and socializing at his house. Called, Frank's Valentine's Run, it's a great day out of running, eating and laughing. The weather this year was spectacular, warm and sunny in the open but with the bonus of the frost still lying in the shade.
|Thank you to Stephen Mohan for the photo.|
Then there was the club awards ceremony - ok it's not training but a great night of watching all the different people collecting their awards, then a bit of drinking and dancing yaay.
Getting on with my training in my own way. Running club on Monday and when I can make it track on Thursday's. Since becoming "retired" I've dropped half of my monthly income (our monthly income i should say) so therefore some things have to take a back seat occasionally, I don't always have the petrol or the spare change etc., but the up side is I have time for lots and lots of walking and some trail and hills. Doug, track coach organised a "Devil Takes the Hindmost" competition, guess who was first to be taken lol.
Lakeland Trails - Cartmel
One of the Lakeland Trails I hadn't done so basically just had to do it and what a great day out it was. Another really warm and sunny day made it just perfect for running and seeing the wonderful views. Met some clubmates before the start, both way faster than me though.
Time for Spring in Lakeland, this is an LDWA walk I've wanted to do for a long time. My friend Kim and I signed up ages ago, in fact I think we were about the first names on the list and I was really looking forward to it. Marissa and Kona came down with me for a drive and to keep me company there and back. We had a fantastic journey down which because of the road closure we had to go up and over Kirkstone Pass. Happy memories of my many journeys up and down marshaling at Lakes Sky Ultra last year. We were nice and early and got a parking space but they soon filled up and poor Kim had to park about 2 miles away and walk in to the start. Club mates Kim and Jo were also there and after the first few miles we all just stayed together. I have to say this is the hardest walk I've ever done, it seemed to be un-relentingly up, there were downs but even they were hard lol. The walk up through the waterfalls to Tarn Hows was spectacular and I'm going back to spend more time just savouring it. We had, had to set off late and did have one or two navigation issues on the way so we did take quite a while. The checkpoint guy at the last checkpoint asked if we wanted to quit. Bossy boots here said hell no, quit 3 miles from the end, no way lol. There is a possibility we were in the last few to finish., but finish we did, still within the time limit. There were an awful lot of runners on this event, but it's still a walk and the cut off reflects this thank goodness (in this case). Oh and it was another stoater of a day as we say here in Scotland. Very warm and sunny yet again.
|Jo P with a very familiar back drop. Looking back over the L50 route.|