The 'Teenager' (15.4ml 7,600ft) started at 10am before the 'Anni' (11.5ml 3,600ft) which started at 11.30, but both converge so runners from each race finish together, and so; the slower Anni Waltz runners can pretend they're actually TWA'ers having done an extra 4,000ft of ascent, and the real straggling TWA runners can console themselves that of course they would've been much more sprightly if only they had chosen the shorter option. Needless to say I was a straggler on the TWA. Clare Griffin had a great run on the Anni in 02.23.39.
The Teenager With Altitude (route) involves a steep first ascent to Causey Pike, Outerside, Grassmoor and a steep drop from Whiteless Pike to a cut off at 2.30hrs at Newlands Hause. The TWA then climbs to Robinson via High Snock Rigg to join the Anni Waltz. The AW takes in a climb from Newlands valley floor up to Robinson, and retraces the final 3 Bob Graham peaks of Robinson, Hindscarth, and Dalehead before descending to High Spy and Maiden Moor to drop off the side of Catbells to the race HQ/finish at Stair village hall. There was free beer and chili at the end. CHILI. BEER. ...FREE!
Sarah managed to get some snappy shots of the day and had a fine walk out over Dale Head and back along the Catbells ridge. Joss Naylor and his wife were sat at Dalehead tarn watching runners descend from the trig. ...I would've tried to look less feeble had I realised it was him, although my legs were rather jellified from the vertiginous drop off Whiteless Pike. A great day.
A steep start towards checkpoint 1 at Causey Pike.
Descent from Dalehead - Teenagers or Waltzers?
Ascending towards High Spy from Dalehead tarn.
Sasquatch spotted in Newlands valley! Straggler descending towards finish at Stair with TWA race start visible on other side of valley and checkpoint 1 Causey Pike in top left.
The Teenager was won by Andrew Fallas of Carnethy in a fantastic time of 02.54.49 Spyke was just behind in 2nd place in 02.55.04. Scoffer was 3rd 02.55.26.
Judith Jepson was a very quick 1st lady in 03.23.32.
The Sasquatch lumbered home in 04.41hrs!