Drench, Dry, Repeat.

Another day, another dousing.

Monday heralded the new working week but there is little new weather. My running kit had just about dried out from my ventures on Saturday and it was time to immerse myself once more. Its been another mostly wet day on the Cumbrian Fells again today with relatively mild valley temperatures. Its funny how the body adapts. Despite it being some 5 degrees at the summit of Kirkstone Pass it felt uncomfortably cold. On the positive side, the cloud base was not quite so low on the Eastern fells today. In the brief weather window we had around lunchtime it was hovering around 800 metres and at the same time the temperature appeared to be dropping ahead of this afternoons deluge.

What that meant for my lunchtime dash over Red Screes was that it was largely raining up to the highest summits to begin with, with only a smattering of hail and sleet mixed in amongst the rain on the outward leg, a brief lull mid-way round before the onset of more rain, but with snow above 600m on my return leg.

Fell running in the lake district

A brief window in the weather. Looking across to Dove Crag

Fell running in the lake district

Minutes later, normal service is resumed but this time at least its snow

Fell running in the Lake District

Sums it up really! High winds and snow on the return leg to Red Screes


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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