Well it’s only up the road a bit and on well-known local paths, so I thought I would go for a trot out. Whilst preparing in Norwood Village Hall, it was good to meet up with Jim Sneath, who I didn’t know had entered (secret Three Peaks training).
So off we went at the early time of 8.30am but it was a lovely day and relatively dry.
Off up the west side of the reservoirs to Thruscross, from where we went up to Rocking Hall and down to Bolton Abbey – lots of snow up there still – a good 1/2 mile of solid running on the snow. This was quite funny as some were in road shoes.
Jim and I ran together but he got ahead as we went up Beamsley Beacon and over to Round Hill. He stormed down the Fell Race course and through the bogs – some competitors from away were not very complimentary about the bogs and stood there looking for the dry way through!
When we got to the start of the track, Jim’s family were there to cheer us on and I said that Dad was going a storm and would easily beat me. So on to Timble, with Jim paying for his early speed, and over the dam to finish.
A lovely lovely day and a privilege to be able to take part.
I finished in 4.11 with Jim a couple of minutes behind. Then there was chilli, rice pudding with tinned pears and all the tea you could drink and home by 1.30pm.
These LDWA events are cheap, friendly and great fun – give them a go. Best day out in the (God’s own) county for a bit. And now to eat. More details from Nidderdale LDWA.