At the start of the day the weather was cloudy, with a cold wind off the sea. Phil and Ian got off to a good start at 9.0am watched by family and supporters. One lady from the village had heard Ian talking on BBC Radio Cumbria about the run in aid of MS Research, and had come along to wish them well. Her sister had Multiple Sclerosis, so she was keen to wish the runners good luck. Her visit gave them a tremendous boost. Rendezvous points had been arranged on route to check on their progress and ensure they had plenty of liquids and energy for the run. 30 miles later they arrived at Stonethwaite in good shape although tired.
Distance run: 30.5 miles
Day 2 Stonethwaite to Bampton
The day dawned clear and bright after an overnight stay at Honister Youth Hostel. The weather continued to be unexpectedly sunny and warm as they ran up three big mountain ranges, including Helvelyn. This was always destined to be the most difficult and challenging day of the week in terms of climbs and mileage covered. The ascent and descent was punishing on ankles and feet, and as a consequence Ian turned an ankle which proved painful in the evening. Phil started to find niggling blisters and foot problems were developing.
Distance run: 29 miles
Ascent: 6,500 feet
Day 3 Bampton to Kirby Stephen
The runners awoke to warm spring sunshine which turned in to an extremely hot sunny day, almost as hot as a summer day. As Phil and Ian left the Lake District they still encountered some tough climbing through the hills. Feet and ankles continued to suffer with the punishing terrain. Sunburn was a feature, and Phil commented that on one side of his face he looked as though he had holidayed in the Mediterranean, whilst the other side had been on holiday to Iceland!
Distance run: 25.25 milesAscent:
Day 4 Kirby Stephen to Reeth
After watching the parrots flying around Kirby Stephen (we all saw them, and no one was hallucinating!) Phil and Ian also got off to a flying start. This was another day of fantastic weather, so Phil was able to top up his sunburn. Again the route and the running was not for the faint hearted with much climbing in to the Yorkshire Dales. A rendezvous point at Keld village celebrated the half way point of the run. Feet and ankles continued to be tormented and punished by the terrain, and were a cause for concern in the evening and following morning.
Distance: 23.5 miles
Ascent: 2,500 feet
Phil will have to run backwards as a donor, with incredible knowledge of these things, had suggested! 🙂