And Lesser Mortals
15th June 2011
thing that separates the extraordinary from lesser mortals
on the fells is their ability to complete the Bob
This was touched on in BB1115
and I am pleased to report that Stan's son, Martin,
completed the 42 peak, 72 mile round last Saturday,
thereby emulating the achievements of his father (and
(you may remember that he and Bryan wanted an easy day
out last week in anticipation) reports:
had a good day and finished in 23 hours
5 mins (22 mins faster than me).
was going strongly all day and had virtually
perfect weather. The support he had
was fantastic with probably over a hundred
people out supporting him on the day.
the second leg he had 14 pacers!!
a totally different ball game to when Bryan
and I did it, and there are now Bob Graham
maps and a quite clear route round.
it's still a heck of a long way and the
equivalent of climbing up and down Everest
in a day in height and descent.
and I climbed Skiddaw to meet them on the
first summit with drinks. We also did the
tops on the last leg and met them on Robinson,
the last top. I carried on down with
them (see photo left) to the finish so completed
all the last leg whilst Bryan returned to
Honister where he had left his car.
both enjoyed the super conditions and views and it was
great to be part of it.
was a chap from Chesterfield who was effectively doing
the round on his own, called Matt Beardshall, and he
was adopted by all Martin's supporters and dragged round
with Martin. In fact, he appears in the team photo on
the last top, Robinson, to the left wearing a cap. Similarly,
see photo of him and his supporters nearing Robinson.
turns out that apart from being a fell runner he is
also an author and Martin has read one of his books
Coast to Coast. In conversation he asked
Martin if he had read his latest book, Run Like Hell
and today Martin received a signed copy with a super
inscription saying it was a pleasure and an honour to
run with Martin and he was inspired by Martin's fitness
and hopes they will keep in close contact. Dallam
have also had a super letter from Matt who says he has
never known such support and the help and encouragement
he received was overwhelming and he wants to become
a member and run with the club.
expedition today pales into insignificance in comparison,
even when one takes age and physical condition into
account! We all have
had our physical problems recently (even Superstar Stan)
and only this morning
I woke early to a massive cramp in my left calf. Was
it the product of the new pills on which I started two
days ago and would it affect my performance? Whatever,
the outing planned was a modest round of the upper Kentmere
valley to test out the progress of John PL's new(ish)
was not a nice morning. Damp and drizzloid. So-called
Flaming June in its habitual guise. Five of us
travelled in John PL's car to park by the village hall
in Kentmere. There was almost nowhere left to park.
Two minibusses had recently arrived; their identically
dressed youths had dismounted and were being briefed
in two groups about elementary map and compass work.
Were they borstal boys on a day out?
the cattle grid
set off up the western side of upper Kentmere,
passing the unusual cattle grid at Hartrigg, eventually
reaching the mining buildings- Reservoir Cottages. These
had been recently renovated but there was no clue as
to by whom or to what use they were being put. All
were tightly locked and shuttered.
the reservoir, we split into two groups. The two
Johns and Roger made their way across the dam whilst
Stan and I took the longer route around the reservoir.
This went well apart from us both getting wet
feet when trying to cross the stream at the far end!
John and John cross the overflow
crossing the stream
back down Kentmere Reservoir
regrouped at the quarry spoil site below the reservoir
on the west side and here we had lunch and the team
photo. Across the valley was a larger spoil site
and spoil across the valley
it was a gentle stroll back down the valley to Kentmere
and the car. JPL's knee seemed to bear up reasonably
back up Kentmere
of one of the minibusses suggested that the groups we
had seen earlier were actually troops of either the
Scots 1 or Prince of Wales 4. New recruits, I
hope, based on their unfamiliarity with maps! I
wouldn't like to think that the defence of the realm
rested in their hands just yet!
15th June 2011
now for a Big Josie item!
She Was Infamous?
your series on Big Josie,
I am sure she, or her protégé,
used to work as a barmaid in Manchester and particularly
the Kersal Cell, which is in Salford.
or whoever, had exactly the same attributes during the
late 60s. She was called Josie, too, and
was generously proportioned.
S, 15th June 2011
this Big Josie before she moved to Boot?
more to this story yet?
We are investigating!
climbed in feet:
Don, John PL, John S, Roger T, Stan
routes ares now being put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading BB1116.
see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
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of new BOOTboys reports.
A Promenade of
The B Team
A Little Bit Of
Home From The
Taking The Brunt
Up The Spout
Not The Royal Wedding
Kentmere Parts 1 & 2
5th, Saturday 7th May
Five Unknown Tarns
Gurnal Dubbs Revisited
A March Through The Mist
Wednesday 15th June
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