|Flying on the Lawley descent|
Great picture courtesy of Al Tye (fellrunningpictures.co.uk)
We checked in at 10:30 and went through the kit check, then to get some breakfast (cooked variety, we didn't plan on running hard in the first hour or so!).
At 12:30 we walked over to the starting field and collected our tallies.
|Strangely appropriate, seen on the way to the start...|
When the starting horn sounded Giz hared off like a scalded cat (apparently he wanted to be in the lead in the Hike, just once), but most of the rest of us adopted a very steady jog. We started walking just past the ford, and alternated with a gentle jog on the way up to the gate at the bottom of the fell. The Caradoc ascent was the usual trudge, but Em was already wisely urging me to hold back a bit more: she had a plan not to get out of breath for the first couple of hours, and it was definitely a good one on such a hot day.
|Em climbing Caradoc with huge line of hikers behind|
|Almost equally long line of hikers in front: an awful|
lot went off way too fast in the heat
|Starting the first descent, off Caer Caradoc. Lawley next, top centre of pic|
|Descending Caradoc (courtesy Colin Williamson)|
|Emily never stopped smiling! (another CW pic)|
|Andy Davies leading the race, coming off the Lawley as we start up it|
|A bit further up, JT of Newport (ultimate team prize winners) came down past us|
|Em low fiving Phil as he descends and we finish climbing the Lawley.|
Phil had a rough one later in the heat, we caught him at Stiperstones
summit and he retired somewhere round Habberley in the end.
|We'd had a bad spell coming off Stiperstones but water from Rick and fruit|
from Lisa and Heather (supporting the Newport guys) picked us up and we
climbed Earl's Hill well, and descended it even better...
|The sun set as we headed through Easthope Woods, grouped by now, and|
after a few problems, this is Matt coming into the checkpoint at Shelve
|Much, much later in the night this is Em, waiting near|
the Pole Cottage checkpoint. Must remember not to
get my finger next to the flash lighty thing on the phone.