Calum had planned to do a Solo BG last year, but picked up a foot injury early in the season then races started, so it didn’t happen.
So since no races this year and I’m injury free, once I got a free weekend and a weather window I went for it. I left Moot hall on Saturday night at 10pm. Miriam and Fly clapped me off and they made their way to Threlkeld for a few hours sleep.
I didn’t set off with a schedule, just decided to walk the ups and jog the downs,
and presumed that would get me round in under 24 hours.
Once off Blencathra I stopped by the van to grab fresh water, some watermelon and a cheese pastie then headed up Clough Head. I was greeted by clag and wind on the Dodds, so had to stop and put trousers and a extra jacket on. Sunrise on Fairfield was more than welcome and seemed to burn off most of the clag. Miriam was waiting for me a Dunmail raise with a bowl of crunchy nut and a cuppa. I packed my bag with another pastie, a few wraps and some snickers.
I didn’t want Miriam to have the hassle of driving to Wasdale,
so just told her to meet me at Honister around 3pm and off up Steel fell I climbed.
Stopped on my way off Scafell to refill my bottles and started to realise that I definitely hadn’t packed enough food to make it to Honister. I rationed it best I could but took the final bite of my sweet potato wrap on Pillar. Between Pillar and Honister was certainly my low point, I started to hallucinate on Pillar. Where I thought I had seen a horse but thankfully I think it was only a big rock. But once back at the van at Honister I nailed some more watermelon and 2 pieces of mars bar cake, I instantly felt better.
It had taken me just under 17 hours to get to Honister and I started to wonder if I could go sub 19 hours, so arranged with Miriam to meet me in Littletown with my road trainers, but unfortunately Littletown is further from Keswick than I had imagined and surprisingly enough it’s really hard to run sub 7 minute miles at the end of a BG. So in the end I settled for a 19.12 BG round. It was an awesome day in the mountains.
Strava link HERE