Lakes 42

April 26th, 2017 by Carmen

Lakes 42  (08/04/17)

Quite hard! – Simon’s post race analysis made it 40.5 miles and 3000m ascent.


The weather was great, dry and bright – would have been grim in the rain. It was very cold and frosty to start with (breakfast was 4:45am) for the 6am start from Askham, but things warmed up fairly quickly in the morning. We returned in one piece – 12 hours 36 mins later. The low point for me was the ascent of Place fell (Helvellyn felt fine) – Simon thought the reverse. We were miles behind the winning time – around 7.5 hours. But a good few hours in front of the last finishers. Soup, a cup of tea and cake awaits you at the finish. We were too tired for a pub dinner so just had a bit of quiche and a few snacks before going to bed.

It is a great low key annual event – with around 100 people taking part. Run by Nav4/Joe Faulkner. Supply your own map. No fixed route between checkpoints (which are old style orienteering clippers). There were 3 snack and refreshment stops en route (each time you pass through Patterdale and on the road at Thirlmere). No cut offs – just need to back before last orders!









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