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Height matters

In the months immediately before an attempt is made on the Bob Graham, it seems 10,000ft of ascent per week, is the target to have in mind. Height gain being far more important than simply clocking up the miles, it is this that most rely upon to build the stamina required. Being completely useless when it comes to any kind of formal training regime, I was quite pleased therefore to note that we had climbed more than 15,000 ft over the course of a long weekend in the Lakes.
Starting and finishing at Dunmail Raise, we ran legs three and four, continuing via Derwent Water on the second day to stay in Braithwaite. A painful fall while descending towards Honister on day two, put pay to plans to run leg two back to the car. Having made our way slowly to Threlkeld and followed the approach to Clough Head as far as the old Coach Road, we dropped back to the road, passing Thirlmere on the quiet side and eventually hobbling over the top of Dunmail Raise. And while the climbing was the important …

Playing second fiddle

Two Pikes, a Head and a Hill

Wishing on a star

The bogs of Blencathra

TheYorkshire Three Peaks

Witches, quakers and fell-runners

Four becks from Braithwaite

The last leg

Running the Cleveland Way

The bit in the middle of Bob

Back on the fells above Borrowdale

First and last light beyond Ravenglass