Under a burning sun


It was 730am, the temperature was already 19 degrees and I was running along the Western shoreline of Ennerdale Water.


Despite an early start there was to be no escaping the burning sun and the heat was to play havoc with my plans to recce the full Ennerdale Horseshoe route, a taxing 23 miles of rough montain running and 6000ft of arduous ascent on any day. On Sunday it was simply too much, by the time I had dropped down from Kirk Fell to Black Sail Pass, I was exhausted. Lightheartedness, fatigue and a desperation for shade and water in equal measure meant it was time to listen to my body. There wouldn’t be much distance reduction from this point, but I could at least avoid any more ascent. And so I headed onto the climbers traverse, headed for the valley and called it quits. I’d still ran the best part of 20 miles and climbed several thousand metres, which was more than enough that day.


Morning sun



The magical Innominate Tarn – Great Gable behind


The Ennerdale Valley


Distance: 21 miles / 34km Ascent: 1850m Time: Very slow! 6 hours


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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