The route from Edale Road back to Bamford is fairly straightforward after a steady pull on the side of Win Hill the run from the springs (check point 8) along the old railway to CP9 should be a welcome section of speed! The run down to the river Derwent is really nice and I'd recommend this as a walk. Today was pleasant I had to shush the cows away from the gate to go across the bridge near the wier at Bamford mill.
The route from Bamford is a long steady plod following lanes and dirt tracks this didn't present any navigational challenges. Arriving at Burbage Bridge the instructions provide three alternatives. I concluded that the best alternative was probably option 2. The route through to Lawrencefield was fine until check point 14 I went in the wrong direction from here. Apparently, on the day, this section will be taped. When I did this I didn't locate the inclined plane and dropped down to Padley chapel.
The route is clear to the leadmill bridge at Hathersage, at torside farm I continued on to leam farm - the sign for Torside farm is hidden however there is a clear sign for Hog Hall. Be careful here. The run along the Abney clough is very pleasent, it's a great place for running which I haven't visited enough. Although the directions were sufficient I think it's easy to go wrong along here
For me the tactics for the day are to walk up the hills (remembering what I learned from the Spire Ultra a great lesson), oh, and don't forget to have a decent break at the check points.
There is quite a few sections of steady downhill I plan to jog these. The main sections coming to mind are as follows.
steady jog down through cave dale to Castleton and past hollowford
Jog the following sections
- down from Hollins Cross
- down Lose Hill
- from Ladybower springs to bamford
- along Stanage
- down green drive
Although my running has been minimal I've attempted to maintain fitness with some long cycle riding. Given my shortage of training todays session has made me realise that the cycling is not providing the required level of fitness. One positive though I recovered well from this days session.