|Date||Saturday 4th September 2011|
|Start Location||Car Park, Little Town|
|Weather||Overcast but summits clear of cloud|
|Time Taken||3.5 hours|
|Peaks Climbed||Robinson Hindscarth Dale Head High Spy Maiden Moor Cat Bells|
Training runs had been pretty limited recently. Apart from the mountain marathons themselves, Scott and I had not been on any runs together since May Bank Holiday in 2009. With the Mourne Mountain Marathon fast approaching we decided to try and squeeze a run up on the fells and basically just catch up. I decided to travel south and let Scott choose the location for our run and his selection did not disappoint.
The plan was to run the route of the ‘Anniversary Waltz’, a fell race held each year to commemorate Wynn and Steve’s wedding at Newlands Valley church on Saturday 20th April 1996. We would be starting from a different location however and we would be carrying mountain marathon equipment for a night in the fells but the peaks would remain the same. The Anniversary Waltz starts at Stair Village Hall and traverses Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells before finishing back at the Hall. We would be starting from the car park near Little Town and running until dusk then camping and completing the route the following morning.
After a brief ‘pitstop’ in Keswick we arrived at the car park, got changed and sorted our kit out for the night. At 5pm we set off up the road that leads to High Snab. Although it was overcast, the clouds where high in the sky and the tops of the peaks could clearly be seen in all directions. The first part of the route followed a tarmaced road and climbed gently up into the glen. From here we headed north-west and a stiff climb up onto High Snab Bank, the ridge that leads up to Robinson. It was far to steep to run but we hiked up as fast as possible and once on the ridge resumed running. The path gradually gained height and apart from a rocky section we where able to run most of the way.