Friday, 7 November 2014

Raiders of the lost Park

Explorer Events, Peak Raid 3
Round one Edale

Round one of Explorer Events very first Peak Raid 3 and what better place to start than Edale?

 Based in the Village Hall, the organisers had scattered controls either side of the Edale Valley. Sunday morning they gave us all an event specific map and 3 hours to find as many orange and white orienteering kites as possible.

Clear skies and  a well planned course, meant that we were treated to some stunning views of the Vale of Edale and the hills that surround it.  Autumn Sunday mornings don't get much better than this.

Thank you Explorer Events and good luck for the rest of the series.

Ray M, still smiling after the 1st climb of the day

Lots of Smiley happy people

"Do you come here often?"

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


On a run from Banklands Cottage in Eskdale Green to Scafell/Scawfell. I had the privilege to meet  Wainwrighteers Tony & Janet. Scafell was their 212th of 214 Wainwrights. They went on to Slight side that day and completed their 214th last Sunday.

Congratulations Tony and Janet!

Unashamed selfie 

View from the
Shameful selfie 

Heading back past the peat huts.
 Sort yer hut out Pete. It looks a mess mate

Friday, 17 October 2014

TEA, EGG, WHY........ FUN

Rab Mountain Marathon 2014 

Well, I think it was Longsleddale. All place names had been removed from the maps but it did say Longsleddale on the car sticker.

This was team Ibuprofens 4th Rab MM and Ourea Events first. Previous organisers Dark & White had set the bar high, earning the Rab a reputation for being a challenging but relaxed and friendly event.
I am happy to say, Shane and his team did a fantastic job and continued the tradition, of slick organisation with a friendly atmosphere.

Here are some of team Ibuprophens highlights and randoms for this year:

Meeting old friends and new Hanno, Paul, Matt and Ike, Splatcher and little miss Splatcher.

Missing a control. Grrrrrrrr!(still not happy about that)

Clag, getting lost in it

Clag, relocating and getting unlost

Control code letters, TEA, EGG, FUN, WHY. I actually LOLed

Top course planning by Charles Sproson

Ray M, Now officially an OAP. thanks for putting up with me again.

Race directors report and competitor blogs on the Rab MM home page

Race faces

And you say that bit up there is the squiggly line on the piece of paper 


Lance Armstrong took EPO.
We opted for PEN performance enhancing noodles 

Very moorish

Finally, a very big thank you to Shane Ohly and all who made the 2014 Rab such a success.
See you next year.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Explorer Events, Peak Raid 3

Link to the Explorer Events website

This November/December, new kids in the Peak, Explorer Events, are organising a series of four, 3 hour, Mountain Marathon events.
These are mountain navigation races, a cross between fell running and orienteering. Set in the Peak District, they follow a score format. Full details here Peak Raid3 Race info

Ray and I will be having a go at, as many as we can fit in.  See you there!

Friday, 5 September 2014


MSV (Male Super Veterans) Rab 2014
Super as in super old, not unfortunately superfast or supernavigators.Though it sounds much better than old gits.

In an attempt to redeem myself from last years DNS, I have entered Ray and I in this years Rab Mountain Marathon

Saturday, 2 August 2014

More rugged rocks

Valley of the Rocks
A return visit to Caffyns Farm campsite. We first camped at Caffyns two years ago when the owners were in the process of upgrading the facilities. The campsite is still a laid back, pitch where you want campsite, in a top location and of course they still allow campfires.
 On top of that the newly refurbished Facilities are fab. 

Oh, did I mention it's just a short run to the Valley of the Rocks

A pair of Peregrines.
The winged variety can be seen hunting in this area.

Not impressed with being tethered but rightfully proud of his tent fairy lights.