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Lakeland Four Passes

01/10/2018

On Saturday 29th September, Sue Jeffrey along with 197 other competitors set off from the small village of Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, the Lake District, to attempt the classic route of the Lakeland Four Passes. 

The event entries were open to walkers and runners, with the walkers setting off at 08:30am and the runners an hour later.

The race is a circular route of approximately 19 miles, taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes. The first past takes you to Sty Head Tarn situated between the Scafell Massif and Great Gable before dropping into Wasdale. Onto the second pass which is a long pull up Black Sail Pass before the short descent into Ennerdale and onto the third pass – Scarth Gap. The fourth and final pass is the old miner’s path skirting around Fleetwith Pike and is probably the hardest of the day, taking in the old miner’s building on the way to the top of Honister Pass before returning down to the village hall in Rosthwaite.

Weather conditions on the race day close to perfect, with only a strong breeze on the descent into Wasdale causing any sort of problem. Sue had an unintentional slow start to the race, due to the mass of runners all fighting to get through kissing gates and a technical section right from the gun. However, after a couple of miles the participants spread out and Sue was able to gain places, keeping a steady pace uphill and playing to her strengths on the technical descents. Walkers, tourists and spectators all gave plenty of support and encouragement to runners throughout the whole race, and Sue was lucky enough to have her Dad cheer her on and take photos at Scarth Gap and Honister Pass. Despite a nasty fall at 15.5miles, after the final check point at Honister Slate Mine, Sue was still able to gain places on the final descent and finished the race in 4 hours 27 minutes, taking the 6th female position and 30th overall.

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