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That's Lyth

26/01/2014

On Sunday 26th, some of the more determined Dumfries Running Club members were down south to take part in the annual 'That’s Lyth' event, starting and finishing at Kendal in the South Lakes...

This democratic event encourages walkers as much as runners over its 24 miles that includes a climb over Cunswick Fell, Whitbarrow and Scout Scar. The main challenge is to navigate round the route on foot and no prizes are offered for those home first. One of the main attractions are the checkpoints which seem to have many varieties of sandwiches, sweets and refreshments to provide sufficient energy on such challenging terrain.

To add an extra degree of difficulty, the weather forecast was atrocious, with driving rain and very strong winds, and several of the more sensible club members decided that they would give the run a miss. Of those who decided to take part, full waterproofs were a necessity.

In his first club race for many months, Frank Skachill closely followed by Mike Trant were the first to complete the challenge.

The rest of the Dumfries group started together to provide moral support and encouragement in the conditions, especially as there was no shortage of thick slippery mud and several places where streams looked as if they were flowing uphill! The group quite quickly realised that under such circumstances running together was a much preferable option. Richard McDougal, Jim Grierson, Paula Craven and Alison Groat survived their ordeal to finish in just over five and a half hours and were very appreciative of the hospitality at the checkpoints. Women's club captain Margaret Gray was part of this sociable group and took part even though she had just returned from holiday and in the latter stages joined with a group of walkers. Susan Graham showed guts and determination to pace a friend round in such challenging conditions.

Steve Mohan

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