>the 25km mark

>Yesterday was the first of what I would describe as proper mountain runs in a long time, running a chunk of leg 3 of the Bob Graham round before veering back to Langdale.

So for those not familiar with the route, it started just before 9am from Dunmail Raise. A viscious 300 metres of climbing straight up the Eastern flanks of Steel Fell got the leg burn kicking in straight from the start. It was then a steady run over Steel Fell, Calf Crag and towards Far Easedale.

Approaching the gloom above Far Easedale

From the crossroads above Far Easedale, it was into the claggy gloom as I picked my way towards Sergeant Man before the short detour to take in High Raise. From here it was a steady downwards run towards Thunacar Knott and then utter confusion! Stopping to help two walkers utterly lost I managed myself to become totally disorientated in the pea soup conditions and before I knew it, was running 180 degrees in the wrong direction!

Harrison Stickle beginning to emerge from the gloom

Quick spot of relocation and it was onto Harrison Stickle and, as the clouds cleared, Pike of Stickle. For the first time that day, I could now see what lay ahead.

Looking across to Lingmoor Fell as the clouds lift

Rounding Langdale Combe I caught up with the only other fell runner i saw all day, ou training for the Bob Graham I presume. He obviously knew the specific BG route better than I as we swapped leads round the East side of Hanging Knots and towards the summit of Bowfell.

Bowfell and Crinkle Crags

But from we parted company, as I raced down towards Three Tarns and the final pull across Crinkle Crags. A pounding and painful descent followed into Oxendale before returning for a well earned pint at the Old Dungeon Ghyll. Not as fast I would like, but no major pains or injuries other than my calf muscles screaming for an easier day.

25KM, 1600m ascent, 4:15hrs

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About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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