A couple of weeks ago we went to recce the Fairfield Horseshoe race route: 9 miles/14.5 kms and 3000 feet/914 m. I’ve walked this horseshoe before but only anticlockwise, and the race is clockwise. The weather was perfect, sunny but cool and breezy as Sarah, Sabiene, Andy, Ian and I set off.
It was a lovely day for views.
As the day was so good there were lots of walkers about. One of the best aspects of the day was the walkers’ admiration: “Good grief, look at them, they’re running!” etc. – it was a real ego trip 🙂 🙂
Astonishingly, last weekend’s weather was just as good so there was no excuse to duck out of the race.
After a short run up from Rydal Hall the track ran through a farmyard covered in a deep deposit of cow poo and mud. I decided to outflank this, many went through it – one unfortunate person ended up face down in it 🙁 After that the ground was mostly firm.
Obviously I couldn’t take pics whilst running, so here is one of Sarah and Andy outflanking the Bad Step on the recce descent.
I really enjoyed this race – usually it is only in retrospect that I think I have had fun! The only bad bit was the hard track from the bottom of the fell back to Rydal Hall.
The race was followed by a quick recce of the shops in Ambleside where we discovered a new cafe. We thought we would give it a go, and when we were presented with vouchers for free cake that settled the matter. Unusually for these days it does not appear to have a website so here is a relevant illustration: