GPS Race Maps
Skiddaw Fell Race
'Skidder', all 3,000 foot of it
|Advertised Statistics||Measured Statistics|
|Distance||9 miles / 14.5 Km||9.4 miles|
|Total Climbs||2,700ft / 823m||2,700 ft|
Organiser's website and youtube video
Organiser: Allan Buckley (017684 83737 firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a tough fell race with a relentless climb and then a quad mashing descent, with no let up. The weather is typically mucho scorchio or bloody awful, the latter being better.
The race starts in the North end of Fitz Park, Keswick, with registration at the football club. The ascent takes you alongside Lattrig then steeply up a slate-covered path, into the fog and gail force wind. The lad who drove us back had his glasses blown away at the top. The descent is fast and long on mostly hard slate, trippy in places, with
a slight diversion compared to the ascent down some grass. It really mashes your quads and hip sockets.
There are good changing rooms at registration and free tea, coffee, sandwiches
and cake.Prize giving was efficient. Results were out the next day. Excellent marshalling and organisation (although we did wonder if one NW runner turned back in the fog before reaching the trig point at the top)
This race was my first after reaching a landmark birthday and the organiser kindly gave me a race number to match my age.
We stopped over and went to the Loft night Club in Keswick. We didn't stay
long as there were only two other people in there! We also managed to get locked out of the Queens Hotel which locks up at 11pm and requires a pass code to open the door.
The journey back was interesting, what with our driver having lost his glassess at the top of Skiddaw, but we arrived home in one piece.
Map and profile:
3D map - blue line
(C) Copyright John Mayall 2012