Saturday, 26 December 2009


We have had a touch of snow but not as much as some have had. I was working down in Kent when they had a lot down there and I had to take one or two of the old roads to get home. Badger loves the snowy weather and is always waiting at the door when I get home. He seems to go faster when it has snowed.
Hmmm maybe though thats me going slower on the hard slippery frosty ground

He sometimes runs off in front and has the cheek to sit there waiting
Torch on here. He has a bike light attached to his collar at this time of year. Also Badger will suddenly stop for no reason and start stamping on the ground

Coming back to fetch me. A good collie will always wait for his master. Even though Badger can sometimes run ahead, he will never run off. If I stop he stops and constantly checks my whereabouts.

No trains today mate

The cricket club seems a bit quiet at this time of year. I love this sign its great.
Here we are having a minute. You can see the hills in the background that we have come from. Halfway.

Stuck behind a truck in Kent just as the snow came. Sadly even if we had got snowed out that night, this truck wasnt carrying any overnight cakes.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Tankies Trog Fell Race

Well I have just about recovered from the Tankies Trog Fell Race. A twenty odd mile race which starts in Marsden and heads south to Edale. A very tough race with a lot of climb, bog rock, stream crossings and just about everything else you can imagine.
I trained hard for this race and I think it just about paid off. My teammate just beat me into 2nd place and It was one of those days when everything went perfect.
Id recced this route so much and knew the lines much better than years previous, but I still needed a bit of help from some of the local lads.
I decided to don a lucky Santa hat for good luck and after a hearty breakfast of Porridge which made all the difference on the day it all worked out quite well.
The weather was awfulin places but you have to put that out of your mind on these long trudges and just keep going. Sometimes.
A brilliantly organised race. I will be back to try and win it.

The final descent into Edale

I think the Santa Hat got a few funny looks en route but I like to liven things up a bit and have been known from time to time to wear odd things at races.

Crossing Crowden Brook

Looking a bit serious here. My mind is miles away.