Autumn 2019

Autumn saw us meeting up with Cal Major as she cycled northwards promoting the film of her epic paddle board trip in 2017. This time we also got to meet James Appleton (photograher/film maker and no bad fell runner) on his way back to Keswick. A protest about a planned fish farm off Glen Sannox on Arran even saw the kayaks making an outing.

Our enthusiasm for mountain marathons saw Emily and myself in Durisdeer in the Lowther Hills at the end of September. The area was new to us and the courses a good bit longer than we are used to. (25k both days) but we managed to tough it out. Although there were no screes, we still managed to find a “Ravine of Terror” towards the end of Day 1. I think we’ll go for the short score course in future so that we can do distances better matched to our levels of fitness. Still we both seemed to enjoy it despite the pain!

Kathleen and David popped up for a quick visit. We did the usual amount of walking with a pleasant trip to “Beaver Land” However, the “Game of Thrones” Monopoly game was a hightlight especially for Kathleen who wiped the floor with everybody.

The news from Oz has been of Johnny’s goal keeping exploits that resulted in a fractured finger which was a bit more serious than first thought. Hopefully, all on the mend now.