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Pendle Way

Pendle Way


Postby Slogger » Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:10 pm

Date walked: 09/08/2010

Time taken: 15

Distance: 72 km

Ascent: 1935m

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Walked the Pendle Way yesterday as a non stopper. Ive done ti many times previously, all in a single push (non stopper) with my best time for the 45 miler being 14hrs 41min. It is a circular route starting from Barley below Pendle Hill and involves 1,935 metres of Ascent and Descent (6,384ft).
Setting of at 3.35 am and heading straight for the steep steps up Pendle Hill, I felt good, although both knees were hurting from a very busy couple of weeks work with lots of squatting and twisting, cleaning carpets.
I was surprised to come across a group of five Asian lads, dressed in towny hoody jackets and shivering from the cool air near to the summit.. Apparently staying with family in Burnley, but from Kent they had walked to Pendle hill to catch the sunrise. They had arrived there about two hours too early.
Very soon as I progressed it was daylight though cloudy with occasional light drizzle. The path was very overgrown in many places, more so than I had ever seen it before. Wearing walking shoes, my feet soon became wet as I tramped through the long wet grass.
I always aim for an average 3mph when on these things, so 15 hours was my target. Things were fine for 30 miles, then as my legs started to get that tightening, seizing up feeling I had to put more effort in to keep driving them forward. Although I managed to keep the leg speed going, you just can't do anything about the diminishing stride length, which inevitable reduces your actual average speed. At 35 mile the top of my left foot began to feel bruised, but I decided to press on and try my best to ignore it. I arrived back in Barley, just two minutes outside of 15 hours with tight legs a sore foot and absolutely exhausted. I have done many non stoppers over the years even up to 90 miles but never finished one so drained.
Anyway a quick change of clothing, Scampi, Chips and a pint of Shandy in the pub, then the drive back home to a wonderful soak in the bath before one of the best nights sleep Ive ever had.
Dave.
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Sunrise on the edge of Fell Wood near Barley.
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Wycoller.
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Pendle Hill stands high.
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Knarrs Hill.
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A drained Leeds-Liverpool canal, near Barnoldswick
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Stepping stones near Roughlee.
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Re: Pendle Way

Postby PauloUK77 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:54 pm

That is some distance to cover in one day I would need at least 6 weetabix for breakfast to complete that one lol.
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Re: Pendle Way

Postby Slogger » Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:30 pm

The start was too early to eat anything proper but did manage almost a full bag of Choc Limes on the drive there. I also ate regularly, Kit Kat, Cereal Bars, Yorkie, Mars Bar, Snicker, Choc Muffin, Chorley Cakes etc. 2 litres water with Nunn hydration tablets disolved in a Camelback. Start heavy and lose weight as you proceed. Ran out of drink though with about 8 miles left so finished and hence my state quite dehydrated.
Never done a 45 miler in a day? - Give it a go.
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