Fell Race : Falstone

Come on up, the view is great

This is a tough race for such a short distance. Well attended again this year the ascent up the never ending tussock grass, in and out of the drainage lines, the false summits until the cool of the forest at the top of the fell is reached, is just a killer. Once the forest trails are reached things briefly become easier but worn shoes left me with out any grip at all (note to self : get some new ones, you’ve been talking about it now for weeks!). The route has several twists and turns and the view across Kielder Water is spectacular but we’re not done yet. There’s at least three streams to cross each with their own challenges, high mud banks on the far side, deep pools for the unwary and knackered legs and cow shit on the final run for home.

Back to the show ground to swap stories and adventures, some more drastic than others. One torn calf, several scrapes and me with a bloody lip having been thwacked in the face by a fir branch. Then for chips and beefburger and beer before the long drive home

Update

Have just made the credit card £70 lighter in exchange for a pair of inov-8 roclite 315 shoes. Bought them from Start Fitness and got a free pair of socks and a teeshirt from More Mile : bargain

This is my second pair of these inov-8 RocLite 315

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