As usual we worked well
together as a pair with Russ navigating from the maps and Paul keeping
an eye on the descriptions from the guide book and planning ahead
for the stops. We were forced to stop overnight in Horton for Russ
to overcome some hip discomfort which might have ended the race
for him but a hot bath and a night's rest sorted it. We were soon
into the routine of decent overnight sleeps, avoiding the noisy
checkpoints as much as possible and then jogging at a good pace
when moving. Jeff even joined us for a short evening stretch for
some welcome change of conversation.
As we finally allowed ourselves to think about finishing it was
clear that the weather was going to take a turn for the worse and
pushed ahead to avoid the worst of it. Disaster struck North of
Bellingham when in a coughing fit, something moved inside Russ giving
him pain at every breath. We stuck with it, moving slowly, long
enough to reach a forest track where vehicle access was possible.
Very frustrating after 235 miles completed but there was no choice
as it took several days for the pain to die down.
Paul continued on through the blizzard the next day to finish 4th
of just 6 finishers within the time limit and one of only 3 who
really stuck to the full Pennine Way route throughout. The race
justifies it's tagline of Britain's most brutal race!
of) - Tracking