>Hope Returns

>It has now been 8 months since I had knee surgery, two weeks ago I took my first tenative steps back towards running on the fells again with a run back upto Potter Tarn and I am now running 2-3 times a week, with only slight post-run discomfort. Its too early to say with any confidence whether I am fully fixed or whether I will return to where I was before, but I am being insanely optimistic.

This is a major milestone, in a year that has been full of ups and down, comebacks and setbacks. Looking right back to January 2009, when I first became injured, it is only now that i realise quite what an impact this has had on me both physically and mentally. I hope that this time the comeback is final and we can look forward to a busy year of fell running and mountain marathons. But its not going to be easy – I sense alot of frustration over the coming months, dealing with a massive loss in hill-running fitness and strength, i must focus on getting back to where I was and then moving on again.

Phase One of my return is the purchase of my new Hope Vision 4 Head-torch. 960 lumens of seriously fell crunching illuminative power to brighten up the very dark winter months and add a little excitement to nights on the fells this winter. Its pathetic how excited a grown-man can get about a head-torch, especially one that costs the same as a just-about road-worthy car with a few months tax and MOT thrown in, but hey they’re not really comparable are they? This is a prime example of British Engineering, beautiful CNC machined aluminium casing and a surge of power to wash-out the Aurora Borealis. Its a little like trying to compare a Rover 100 with a few rusty patches and 100,000 miles on the clock with an Aston Martin DB5.

And so armed with this the nocturnal training runs can resume….


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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