Friday, 27 July 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
The 2011 Lakeland 100 start line
The Lakeland 100 is a classic 104 mile circuit of the Lake District with a 40 hour time limit now in its fifth year. Last year I failed to finish due to a foot injury but the extra mileage and ascent covered during the Tour du Mont Blanc a couple of weeks ago should stand me in good stead. The event starts from Coniston at 5.30 on Friday and heads off towards the Duddon Valley. This year you can follow competitors live at Sport Ident. All being well I'll have completed the route by 9:30 Sunday morning...
The video below is from my efforts last year
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Mont Blanc from the Italian side
Very little snow left on the high passes
Stunning scenery above Contamine
Great views of Mont Blanc on day 3
Mont Blanc from above Courmayer
The climb out on Courmayer
Approaching the Refuge Elena for the world's best chocolate chaud!
Climbing towards the final col
A friendly Ibex
The Aiguillle du Midi from Chamonix at journeys end
Friday, 20 July 2012
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Race winner Ben Bardsley crossing the dam
Today I was out with my camera on the Scottish hills supporting runners in the Arrochar Alps fell race, a British Championship counter for 2012. Drizzle and low cloud didn't slow the leaders down on this long and demanding course which summits four Munros from a start at sea level. Borrowdale's Ben Bardsley finished first breaking Billy Bland's record in the process. Full results are here and there's plenty more photos on my Flickr page.
Long lines of runners tackle the first of four big climbs