Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Blizzard and bogs in the Cheviots
Prompted by an email from Andy Cox I ventured south of the Border for the Cheviot Horseshoe race (9.5miles, 2800ft). Poor start after getting lost in the lanes of Northumberland and arriving with only 5minutes to register and get changed. Full waterproofs from the word go, rain quickly turned to sleet and then snow as we climbed Cheviot. Major erosion issues up on the tops where the route joined the Pennine Way - if you left the made up stone track you disappeared (literally) in the bog. The return leg of the horseshoe was all off piste and required a mixture of skill and luck to avoid being swallowed up by the peat. The snow added to the fun!
Winning time was 1:30mins, I finished in 1:51 (24th) out of a field of 84.