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Friday 28th to Monday 31st March – OAC Training Weekend


Another great four-day trip with 40-plus members taking part for the club’s first visit to Limefitt Park, Troutbeck.

Several keen members turned out for the traditional 11am Friday meet, this year at the Watermill Inn at Ings, just outside Windermere, for a damp and windy run of just over five miles, while Scott and Ian F took to the road to see how many speed cameras they could set off.

Unfortunately Ian sprained his ankle and managed ‘only’ eight miles, while Scott ploughed on to clock up 15.

After a short run in the evening everyone headed to Limefitt’s on-site pub the Haybarn Inn for food and drink ahead of Saturday; which offered up a 10-mile circuit of Thornthwaite Crag or seven miles across Wansfell.

Thornthwaite was the harder one with 2,700ft of ascent which most people took around three hours to complete. And if that wasn’t enough there were still  some who spent the afternoon out on their bikes.

Sunday was a slightly less arduous day with a seven-mile run to Orrest Head and back, the place where in 1930 Alfred Wainwright fell in love with the Lake District.

Most people head home on Sunday evening but for those that remain Monday is always a day to wind down with a walk before a pub lunch which was again a new one; Gummers How before the Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank.

Once again a huge thank you to Tom Hannah for organising.

Garmin tracks of the various weekend routes can be found here and more photos. If anyone has any pictures they like on the club Flickr page, please forward to run@otleyac.org.uk.

  1. #1 by Hannah on April 1, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Thanks to Colin too for sorting the routes out to accommodate everyone’s level of running. Had a fab time and I can’t wait till next year when I’m hoping I’ll be fit to join in more of the runs.

  2. #2 by Joanna Hobson on April 1, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Thanks to Tom for organising a great weekend, to Colin for being so patient with the “slow” group and to everyone else for your wonderful company. Fabulous weekend!

  3. #3 by Lisa on April 1, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    Many thanks Tom for organising what I imagine was a logistical headache, the location was perfect and the site itself was lovely. Thanks also to Colin for the runs, which were fabulous (although my quads are shouting at me now) and for the quiz which proved that I do know something, even if it is just the names of retro cartoon characters!

  4. #4 by Ursula on April 1, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Got to agree, Tom & Colin both did a brilliant job so many thanks for all your hard work! It’s the attention to detail setting it all up before we get there that takes the time and effort… Fantastic location in every respect and great company – nice to have the opportunity to meet runners I don’t see very often – even if it is as we grind up a fell or tip toe down the other side!

  5. #5 by Antonio Cardinale on April 2, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    I wish I was there with the group , it seems like a good place to be for running and as well as holiday, with loads of nice people to be with for a company. Maybe i will join next year , it is a shame not to be there in this splendid group of club’s members.

  6. #6 by Richard Hamer on April 3, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Let’s hope for good weather next year as well, then I can get my shirt off again.

  7. #7 by Caron Ralph on April 6, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Fantastic weekend, company, food, quiz and weather! Thoroughly enjoyed the fell on Saturday even with a barking cough and dodgy chest. Thanks again Tom and Colin for running routes and organisation-bring on next year!

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