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January recce, the report..



The story of the weekend..

It was very cold.. that is my remaining memory from the weekend, but on the positive side, the stars were out in full force.. and i’m not referring to celeb runners.

Adam Smith gave a great talk on Saturday evening at Crossthwaite Parish room in keswick, there was close to 50 people attending, including members of the local running clubs. The presentation was well received and everyone went home with a lot of homework to think about!

I left Keswick at 7:00am Sunday morning to drive over to Buttermere and due to the frost/ice reports, decided to follow the A66 towards cockermouth and drive down the valley to Buttermere. The alternative options were Honister, Newlands or Whinlatter and neither sounded inviting! As I passed Braithwaite I could see cars travelling along Newlands valley in the direction of Braithwaite and presumed some had attempted and turned back. As it turned out, there were cars stuck on both Newlands and Honister, which lead to a few people not making the recce run. I arrived 7:45 in Buttermere and the sun was just starting to rise, the view was absolutely amazing. The bus loaded up and we waited until 8:15 just in case any late comers arrived, then headed for Coniston. It should be noted that at this point, I went back to the B&B in Keswick for a full English breakfast.

The day was glorious, but ice on the paths slowed many runners to a crawl and extended the times for the day. It was business as usual for young Paul Navesey who ‘strolled’ into Buttermere at 3pm after 5 hours before heading for the customary skinny latte to wait for dad. He commented that he would have been earlier, but met some people he knew on Blacksail and stopped for a chat.. It was dark by 4:30pm and the temperature dropped significantly at Buttermere. We watched head torches slowly descend Scarth Gap and make their way along the shore of Buttermere and by 8:30pm all had arrived safely back. A long journey back for many and if like me, you had to be in work at 9:00am Monday.. I salute you.

A big thank you to Terry, Clare, Kim and Beverly for manning checkpoints and shuttling in the minibus, also to Rich, Natasha and Angela for staffing the finish. I have adopted the remaining flapjack (customary for any recce) and will be working my way through it over the next few days.

Hope to see you all April 1st for Dalemain to Ambleside, a long section but hopefully warmer weather!


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January Recce, Final Details..

For Saturday evening guest talks, arrive 5:45pm for 6:00pm start. There will be 2 presentations with break between. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be free on the evening, any voluntary donations will be given to charity. The location of the guest talks is the Crossthwaite Parish Room, Keswick. For Google Map location GO HERE.

For more details regarding the guest talks, please see the previous blog on this page by GOING HERE. Part of the session will be a practical workshop, you will be completing strength and flexibility exercises so please dress in running kit and you may also wish to bring pens and paper to make notes or a camera to take pictures, which will be very valuable for future use!

There will be a register at the door as you arrive, if you are bringing family/friends/guests who have not paid to join the recce, we ask that they donate £5 to charity in return for the guest talks and refreshments, this is paid at the door.

Sunday morning, the coach departs 8:00am from the public parking spaces at the foot of Newlands Pass, Butttermere. For Google Map location GO HERE. Please arrive at 7:45am, it is approximately 40 mins drive from Keswick. The coach will drop you off at Coniston John Ruskin School, we will have a register of attendees with emergency contact and mobile numbers. There will be a minibus following the last runners so those who need to pull out at Wasdale will have the option, but please do not rely upon this and presume you can stop at Wasdale. if you do not intend to complete the full distance to Buttermere, you should not start.

Bring map, roadbook and GPS if available, it is your responsibility to do the preparation beforehand and be ready to go. We will not have maps, roadbooks or any GPS assistance on the day. You must also bring full kit as per competitor area, TheEnduranceStore will be there on Saturday evening, if you need anything in advance they will bring and deliver to you. Email or go to Do not underestimate the kit requirement, in particular your head torch!! This section is long and difficult, it is a totally different challenge compared to recce 1 in November.

You must sign in at each of the checkpoints on the route so we can safely end the recce. The two checkpoints are Boot and Wasdale, there will be no checkpoint at Seathwaite (CP1). If you do not sign in at checkpoints, you will be presumed missing. Water and basic refreshments will be available, but please bring any other drinks or food for the day. It is critical that you sign in at the finish to confirm your safe return.

Please note that registration for this recce day will close Wednesday 11th January.

To sign up go to the Sportident website and log into your account using the username and password you established, when you entered the 50 or 100 event. Select the ‘edit your entry details’ function and scroll past your personal details to reach the recce day sign up section. Tick the boxes required and proceed to pay. As per all other recce days, at least £4 of the £15 fee will be donated to charity.

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