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Ultimate Trails 50km & 100km Ultra

The planning that goes into photographing an Ultra isn’t quite as difficult as I thought it might be, only going to a few locations and travelling around by bike most of the way that’s going to be the challenge!

The weather could be a issue so I’ve got some a great location planned for Saturday afternoon and for Saturday evening the location could be interesting with light, etc… here’s what happened.

On Friday night I rode over to Brockhole at about 6pm, saying hello to my dad before in Windermere.

Stayed around for the marshal and briefing, I went to bed camping with the rain spitting a little at 9:40pm ish for an early morning at 5am, I can hear the boats rocking on the lake, should be a nice start tomorrow.

Awake at about 5am, ready for the start at 6am. Still dark but the exposures are coming out nicely. One set of my flash batteries has run out of juice so I will have to find more if I am to survive the night!

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Once the start had happened I helped set up in Patterdale about 7am with unloading the van. In Patterdale I found some replacement batteries and took photos of Ullswater and a swan.

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Made my way up the grizedale valley to await the first 100km ultra runners.

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Its 10:20 now, no sign of anyone yet. For fun my front break has decided to give up working, right when I need it. At least the back works nicely.

I’ve seen the first two fly by at 11:30 before the 50km arrived.

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Climbing to a higher more alpine position to photograph the 50km passing about an hour later.

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I headed down the difficult way to Dunmail Raise and then road to Stickle Tavern where I left my bike in favour of foot to climb up Stake Pass.

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Climbing up stake pass I’ve see plenty of runners and a dragon fly!

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Getting to the top was worth it although it took a while, the view was really nice from the top.

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Making my way down when it started to get quite dark. Taking some night trails at the bottom. Didn’t see too many people on my way back to stickle tavern, think I could be walking pretty fast at that point.

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Once I had a few chips and got a few photos at stickle tavern, I headed back to the finish to see a few people.

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Too tired to carry on so headed to bed about 1am, will see when I wake up, hope it wont be raining then. It was raining lightly when I woke up, so I got out of there and to somewhere dry before it really started to rain.

I woke up again about 7, it was raining a little so I packed up my tent quickly and got someone where it was dry before it really rained!

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I travelled 55.57 Kilometres (34.53 miles) this weekend and really enjoyed the exploring.

Photography: Start and Grizedale Hause, Langdale Valley, Stake Pass and the Finish


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