The Long Tour of Bradwell was a fine, fine day out. Derbyshire was looking particularly pretty this weekend in the dappled sunlight, which made running around a large chunk of it even more satisfying. The race started at 9 am on Sunday morning and passed through the following places: Bradwell, Hope cement works, Pin Dale (up), Cave Dale (down), Castleton, Hollins Cross (up), Edale (down), Druid’s stone on Kinder Egde (up), Edale Valley (down), Lose Hill (up), Hope (down), Aston, Ladybower Dam, Bamford, Bole Hill (up), Stanage Edge (up), Hathersage Moor (down), Upper Padley (down), Leadmill, Abney Clough, Abney (up), Abney Moor (up), Bradwell (down).
In total we covered around 35 miles with 2000 m climb. Richard finished in 6 hours 15 minutes and I finished in 7 hours 32 minutes. Thirty-five miles was a fairly long way and when I finished Richard was still lying on the floor having not moved since he finished, I am nevertheless happy to report that this distance was classified as short in the Ultramarathon Running Championship Series, of which this race was a component.
(I’m mixing imperial and metric units in the distance and climb just to annoy Richard)