Another year of trail running and fell running and some great memories.
January gave some cold, crisp, blue sky winter days, probably my favourite running conditions.
my favourite running conditions
In February I organised a “navigation for fell runners” course. It was great to meet new people and pass on skills to help them gain confidence for more remote runs and races.
navigation for fell runners
March saw winter return with a vengeance, instead of spring sunshine it was deep drifts – exciting running adventures!
The snow stayed into April on the high moors. Where some people see bad weather, others see perfect conditions for practising navigation!
fantastic weather – for practising navigation!
In May I led a recce for runners who had entered the Dig Deep races including the Ultra Tour of the Peak District. When they did this section in the race they would be 55 miles in!
race familiarisation run
June, summer. Not the month you’d expect me to be testing a new waterproof! The Montane Minimus coped well with the horizontal hailstones, my legs not so well!
Ouch – me legs!
July, the Ultra Tour of the Peak District sponsored by Mammut, and here he is! Well done to all runners who undertook such a tough event on a scorching day.
The Mammut behind the UTPD
August, and much to the amusement of my friends a familiar face is seen on the cover of Trail Running magazine. A beautiful landscape shot spoiled!
In September the sun shone as I trained on the hills of the Peak District. I never tire of the fantastic views from my playground.
hill reps in the Peak District
October and more blue skies. Seen in green testing Mammut’s trail running range, available at Outside, Hathersage.
going green with Mammut
November, and still the sun shone. Chill, crisp autumn days and enjoyable running.
crisp autumn sunshine
Finally December and before the storms we had more blue skies. I was found enjoying a photo shoot with the excellent Summit Fever Photography here capturing my favourite Inov-8 Roclites in action.
getting to grips with gritstone
So that was the year. Thank you to those who have helped including;
Inov-8 (Roclites and Mudclaws have been my shoes of choice throughout the year) Montane, Mammut and LED Lenser. Also to Summit Fever for their brilliant photographs and video clips.
Finally thanks to everyone who has used Fell Running Guide this year, for coaching, navigation training, race preparation and guided running. Hope to see you again next year.
Best wishes, Dave