Getting the miles and metres in

Well its been a topsy turvy few weeks, a hard last dash of build-up ahead of this years LAMM, followed by the anguish of having to pull-out at the eleventh hour as my partner struggled with a back injury to the elation of finishing my first long fell race in more than 2 years inside the top 20.

A few weeks ago it was a round of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge – a short, sharp but highly enjoyable fell run. There is something special about running over technical ground.

Picking myself from the disappointment of missing out on this years LAMM, and with a desperate need to kick start the training process again, i headed around to Langdale for a cirque of Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

The following day, keen to get two back-to-back days in And have something of an experience close to the sustained anguish of a mountain marathon (!) i headed around to Grasmere. Sadly the weather wasnt playing ball for early June, it was cold and very wet. And what followed was a mentally long run over Helm Crag and into the central fells.

Helm Crag in the cold rain of a June afternoon

After that thorough dousing a dose of inspiration was much in need and a work – trip to aviemore provided the perfect ingredients, the northern cores and a magical June evening.

Running high on Cairngorm

Enjoying a brief rest on the summit of Cairngorm

And so finally to today, the Great lakes run, my first fell race in two years, after the months and then years of frustration due to injury, and what a race to start with. One of the longest and certainly most challenging of the Lakeland calendar. The weather was mixed, the ground greasy and the visibility at times was exceptionally poor. I focussed on maintaining a steady pace, today was my own race, a race to gauge how much I still have to do and hopefully give me just a little confidence that things are back on the right track. And to my surprise, I finished in 3:43 – half an hour faster than my hoped-for time, and bagged 20th spot. I can live with that as my return to competitive running. It’s now time to change that broken record!


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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