Three CUOCers (Elizabeth Bedwell, Lily Alger and Fiona Bunn) made the trip to compete in the Lakes 5 Days, taking the chance to familiarise themselves with the impressive terrain we have in store for training tour 2k18.
Day 1 was a wet and misty day on top of Silver How, Day 2 a slightly drier day on Angle Tarn pikes and Day 3 a beautiful day at Whinlatter forest which was reported to have been “actually really nice”, after hearing worrying reports about the grimness of the area from locals. All these days had a significant amount of climb so a rest day was welcomed, before the longest but flattest courses of the week on the moorland of Askham Fell. Day 4 was a day for depressions, with people continuously popping in and out of the very numerous examples across the area. The final twist in the courses was a tricky patch of gorse bushes right at the end which caught many people out. The final day was a very technical and physical middle distance course for all classes at Dale Park which was the deciding factor in many of the overall standings.
Fiona took the win on W21L after having a closely fought battle with Claire Ward and finally being able to discard the score from the nightmare Day 1.
Lily came 26th on W21L, Elizabeth came 5th and 2nd on W20L on the first few days, then stepped up to W21L and had a reasonably close battle with Lily on the final 3 days. Not content with 5 days of running up the peaks, both Lily and Elizabeth ran in the Rest Day Urban around Ulverston, with Lily coming 30th on the Brown and Elizabeth 8th on the Blue.
Well done to all 3 CUOCers, it was good to see the CUOC top venturing up some summits for a change!