|Date||Saturday 25th September to Sunday 26th September 2010|
|Start Location||South East Lake District|
|Weather||Dry with sunny intervals|
|Statistics Day 1||Position: 39/270, Points: 200, Time: 05:44:52|
|Statistics Day 2||Position: 111/268, Points: 120, Time: 04:49:36|
|Overall Statistics||Position: 61/268, Points: 320, Time: 10:55:41|
Four days after arriving back from the Mourne Mountain Marathon in Northern Ireland I was once again heading down the motorway; destination the Lake District. The good news was that it was only a 45 minute drive from Scott’s flat to the event centre in Bampton, south-east Lake District so we would not need to camp and could get a decent nights sleep and breakfast. The following morning, at 7am we where heading down the A66 with blue skies and sunshine above. The check-in time was flexible and we mulled around the shop for a while before heading up to the start. We where told to allow plenty of time to get to the beginning of the race and the organisers where not wrong, it was 2.5km and a height gain of 166 metres before we even set off! This provided a good warm-up however and 30 minutes later we had dibbed in at the start and was planning our route for the day. On the last score event we entered, we rushed the planning and missed out on some decent scoring checkpoints so we took a good ten minutes to plan things out this time.
Our plan was to tick off some quick checkpoints near the start then head through Fordingdale Bottom, up onto High Raise and then drop down to Hayeswater and up to Lingy Crag located near Angle Tarn. From here, we would make a decision depending on the time. We headed off to the first checkpoint, a simple 10 pointer located south-east of the start. With this in the bag we headed west to the next checkpoint, another 10 pointer on the top of Four Stones Hill. With decent weather, navigation was easy and we headed off the top and picked up the path that ran down towards Fordingsdale Bottom. We stayed a little bit high to avoid any marshy ground and as the clock hit an hour we dibbed in at our third checkpoint.