Black Combe Runners

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Map, and idea, from Joss, Keith Richardson's biography of Joss Naylor.

Every summer Black Combe sets itself a challenge. This usually (but not necessarily) takes the form of a long relay run, so in 2007 we ran the Cumbria Way from Carlisle to Ulverston and 2009 we ran from the Greyhound in Shap to the Greyhound in Grizebeck. There is usually a leg for bikers and a leg for walkers, and there is always a big barbecue at the end. Sometimes it doesn't rain on the barbecue.

In 2010 the challenge is set by Sue: we're to run Joss Naylor's Lakes, Meres and Waters route in under 24 hours. Unlike Joss we're starting in the south, which takes the total distance up to about 120 miles.

The relay sets off from the top of Esthwaite Water at 6.30pm on Friday 13 August. It should arrive at Coniston Water some time around 6pm on Saturday the 14th, so the barbecueing will begin at 5.30 on the lake shore just north of the Bluebird cafe: exactly where depends on who else is there, and in how many boats.

Here's a provisional timetable, subject to a final round of haggling after the last recces are in:

Lakes, Meres and Waters 13 - 14 August 2010

from via to distance climb depart duration arrive runners
Esthwaite water
SD357975
Elterwater, Grasmere,
Rydal Water, Windermere
Troutbeck
NY414030
14m 1900' 18:30 2:15 20:45

Peter G, James

Troutbeck
NY414030
Skeggles, Kentmere, Small & Blea
Waters, Hayeswater
Hartsop
NY410131
19m 5800' 20:50 5:00 01:50 Pete T, Pat
Hartsop
NY410131
Brotherswater, Ullswater Dunmail
NY327117
11m 2800' 01:55 2:30 04:25 Dave W, Jamie, Peter K
Dunmail
NY327117
Thirlmere, Derwent, Bassenthwaite, Over
Water, Loweswater, Crummock
Buttermere
NY175170
40m 3900' 04:30 3:20 07:50 Dave W, Jamie (on bikes)
Buttermere
NY175170
Ennerdale Water Brackenclose
NY182075
12m 4600' 07:55 3:30 11:25 Sue, Will
Brackenclose
NY182075
Wastwater Boot
NY176011
5m 800' 11:30 1:15 12:45 Keith, Claire, Pete C
Boot
NY176011

Devoke crossroads
NY171977
4m 800' 12:50 1:00 13:50 Derek, Patrick, Dave H
Devoke crossroads
NY171977
Devoke water Walna Track
SD240968
6m 1100' 13:55 2:00 15:55 Dave P, Rob
Walna Track
SD240968
Goats, Low and
Levers Waters
Coniston Water
SD308970
7m 3100' 16:00 2:30 18:30 Will, Sue, Pete, everyone
Total 118m 24800' 24h 00m

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