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...
20 years ago I walked the Tour du Mont Blanc with CCOPS, my college
outdoor pursuits society. It was a great trip but an 80 litre rucksack
full of camping kit and 4 season boots meant it was a hard challenge
spread over 11 days. A quick alpine break has allowed us to trot around the
classic 110 mile circuit in under 7 days with a tiny pack and fell
shoes.We mixed and matched a few short days with a couple of monsters and took all the high level options we could. Lots more photos on my Flickr page.
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
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