Monday, May 20, 2013

Scafell Marathon

The inaugural Scafell Pike Trail Marathon was run yesterday, which as you might expect was a marathon, on trails, up Scafell Pike. This definitely was a mountain run, but unusually for a marathon was 27.6 miles long, making it longer than the Lairig Ghru… anyway, a splendid time was had by all.

The route was varied, winding along lakeside paths and country trails before making the climb up to Styhead pass and the corridor route to the summit of Scafell. Unfortunately, anything above 1500 feet was in the clouds, so map and compass were required to cross the summits over to Esk Hause and back to Styhead.

Luckily for me (but not for them) several competitors got lost, and even traversed the hill section in the wrong direction, allowing me to make up a few places. There was still several miles of boggy paths, extra-slippery rocks and small dogs on leads to negotiate before the final limp into Keswick to much fanfare and complementary flapjack. I got round in 05:22:49 which was good enough for 21st place.