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Easter Jolly 2007 report
| This years Settle Harriers
Easter Jolly was the biggest yet by far:- 22 Adults 19 children and babies
and two dogs!
It was the perfect weekend! The Carlisle Diocese Youth Centre based at St
John's near Keswick was our accommodation: a very spacious, light and well
equipped centre in an idyllic situation, perched high on a little mountain
road miles from anywhere, with beautiful far reaching views of Blencathra
and the evening sunsets.
This year saw an even more diverse range of activities taking place; lots
of running as you would guess but also road biking, mountain biking,
swimming, scrambling and rock climbing, over night camping, walking.... The
weekend was the hottest so far in 2007 with temperatures in the mid twenties
for both Saturday and Sunday, which was ideal for lounging around outside
and sipping cool beers, but not so ideal for 5-6 hours of running. So to the
training, which is what it is all about.... Two eager groups departed on the
Saturday morning a group of 3 extra keen girls got dropped off on the flank
of Helvellyn on the edge of Thirlmere, and did that mountain and then
followed the lovely runnable ridge northwards over the Dodd's to the Old
Coach Road, then across the vale and back home. Next group off - after a
rendezvous with Loz, 6 fellas and a dog set off to Honister to do a
backwards tour of Ennerdale, not hugely long in distance but a heck of a lot
of ascent...! Some beautiful running over some of prettiest Lakeland fells.
The mountains where unusually quiet, perhaps the heat had put many off...?
Sunday morning, another warm morning and two hundred of the fattest
sausages where cooked up for breakfast and provided us with fuel. The
training aspirations where clearly not so intense this morning, some managed
a run while others went scrambling, climbing and exploring, with George
doing his first roped climb up a 50' crag. Some went to the river, which was
cold, but not too cold for the little-uns to splash around in for an hour!
Most of groups headed home mid afternoon after trying vainly to finish off
the remaining food mountain, most went by car, although not Dave H who had
Murf in tow on their scenic hilly ride home.
Suggestions welcome for next year, although St Johns will be hard to
beat, but a change is always good...
Till next year...