Dec 08 07

Richard and I spent the weekend in Derbyshire after spending too much time moving house. On Saturday we took a colleague of mine down Giants Hole and then retired to The Castle in Castleton, which was wonderful and warm. Later that evening we camped at Barracks Farm in Hope. I was pretty cold all night, but in the morning we realised why. It had been -7 degrees C, there was ice on the outside of the sleeping bags where the condensation had formed, and my contact lenses had frozen in their saline water…

We got up, hurried into the cafe and had breakfast to warm up. Following this we drove to Bakewell through the wonderful frosty scenery to take part in the last Dark and White Mini Mountain Marathon event. This is a 3 hour score – find as may controls as possible. They were all around Great Longstone and Ashford in the Water and it was beautiful day. Richard came 4th in the men and I came 1st. The final results aren’t out yet, but as I won the first one also and it’s the best 2 out of 3, I’m hoping to be in the prizes. Richard may well be in the prizes too, but we have to wait to find out!

The weekend was rounded off by cake… of course … in Bakewell.

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