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It was the first time either of us had done this Lakeland classic and it won’t be the last! At 9.5 miles and 3000ft of ascent, it’s enjoyable for the quick pace of the descent via Hart Crag and High and Low Pikes. The start and finish at Rydal Hall had a lovely atmosphere and good facilities. It’s entry on the day and there is a rigorous kit check!

ViewRanger trace of route. Trace went a bit AWOL just after Hart Crag as I followed the ridge!

ViewRanger trace of route. Trace went a bit AWOL just after Hart Crag as I followed the ridge!

 

1km after the Start, on the way up to Heron Pike. Photo purchased from Atheletesinaction.co.uk

1km after the Start, on the way up to Heron Pike. Photo purchased from Atheletesinaction.co.uk

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It took 1hr 10 mins to get to the top of Fairfield, and from there the wind really caught you! The altitude profile below shows that the descent was pretty quick. There was an option of dropping to the left after Low Pike, and I think this would have been quicker. We both stuck to the ridge and had to negotiate the bad step!!

ViewRanger altitude profile. It really was a race of two halves!

ViewRanger altitude profile. It really was a race of two halves!

I’d not taken any drink with me and was feeling the first twinges of cramp but managed to finish before anything pinged! My brother John was the race organiser and he collared me with the mic at the Finish. When I mentioned cramp, support-veteran Sarah came over with a welcome cup of squash! ❤
Results can be found at: http://www.amblesideac.org.uk/Fairfield_2014_results.htm

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