|Sunset over the Long Mynd, from the top of Caer Caradoc|
Another eagerly awaited Tuesday evening, and what a wonderful night it was too. Super weather, sunny but with a nice gentle cool breeze on the tops.
We had 25+ runners tonight, all in the one big group. Mark and Tom decided we would go up past Snatchfield Farm and cut across the woods under Hazler Hill to the top of Sandford Avenue, then up to Gaerstone and along the main Bowdler Hills ridge to Battlestones.
|Descending from Battlestones to Cwms|
The pace was fairly swift and I found myself skipping along near the front on the way up, chatting with Mark, Andy, Helen and Ruth. From the Battlestones we headed down by the Cardington Cracker route to the Cwms - Willstone track, and then directly up the very steep east face of Caer Caradoc. On top we were treated to a glorious sunset, but the evening's delights weren't over yet...
|Giz, and friend (I don't know this chap's name) on Caer Caradoc|
|Big gaggle on top of Caer Caradoc - there were a few of us not on this pic too!|
The route was probably about 7.5 miles, GPS says 2,000' of ascent, and 1 hour 36 minutes including stops (mostly short, one longer one on Caer Caradoc). I felt pretty strong but had a sore left thigh at the end which has stayed with me for the 24 hours since - but it's eased by some hamstring stretches. There's a 5 mile trail race over at Milford Common tomorrow evening which I might do as a pace session if the leg is better by then (see Stone Master Marathoners website).
It was nice to see so many friends out tonight, particularly Rob's return after illness, and also to have a good chat with Ruth about community hydro schemes amongst other things.