Our part time maintenance man Stuart Dickson completed a fabulous endurance race last weekend – ‘Lakes in a Day’ a 50 mile trip around the Lakes with some high’s and lows, he finished a fabulous third and we are all very proud of him here is a little blog he has wrote about the day – well done Super Stu!
Anyway a little info on the race, I was up at 03.15 to get to Cartmel for 05.00 we then got coaches to Caldbeck for the start at 08.00, there were about 350 entries but I’m not sure how many started, we left Caldbeck ( Home of Bill Teasdale ) and head out to High Pike and onto Mungrisedale Common and from there onto Blencathra, we descended via Halls Fell Ridge to Threlkeld where we just filled our bottles and off we went (by this time Kim Collison the eventual winner was already at Clough Head! ) the route followed the old railway for a while where we left and set off up Clough Head which was tough. From the top we headed out to Calfhow pike, Great Dodd , Watson Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, and eventually Helvellyn, from there we went to Nethermost pike, dolly waggon pike (eventually filled our bottles up at Grizedale Tarn) and then slogged up the side of Fairfield. Our leader Kim (runs for GB by the way) was now leaving Ambleside, we then headed to Heart and Dove Crag, High pike, Low Pike, and then into Ambleside for some food at the Kelsick Centre by the school lost about 25 minutes there waiting for my mate Mike, in that first half we’d covered about 26 miles and climbed over 10000 feet!
After changing from fell shoe to trail shoe we left Ambleside to finish this beast, we headed to High Wray along the road and the bridleway from Breathy, then over Claife Heights and Moss Eccles Tarn to Cunsey, and eventually far Sawrey, we then followed the lake shore for quite a while and this is where I reached a really low point, I was struggling to get any kind of rhythm going but after a while I managed to give myself a good talking to and got back to the job in hand, after a couple of hours we reached Finsthwaite where we filled bottles again and grabbed salty crisps and sausage rolls and headed off again, Mr Collison was well finished by this point! The salty crisps did the job of holding off the cramps as we headed through the woods and on to Newby Bridge it was at this point we realised all we had to do was keep running and 3rd and 4th was ours!
Heading up the apply named Canny Hill from Newby bridge took us out onto Brow Edge near Back Barrow and after a bit of cow dodging we got to a unwelcome climb up to Big land Tarn, from here there’s a mixture of fields and woods that are a bit of a blur and soon we were on the road to Cartmel Village. This was the point where we went quiet as we knew the finish was coming soon, Mike had already said he wasn’t going to contest 3rd place as I lost a lot of time at Ambleside waiting for him, but I wasn’t going to be handed it!
The pace kept up and eventually was below 7 minute miles! Mike couldn’t keep that up and I crossed the line at 18:49 in a time of 10:49:05 Needless to say I was very happy to get third place. Mike crossed the line a few minutes later and was rather ill afterwards poor lad.