Sunday, March 19, 2017

another new blog

NEON DIAMOND

Be sure to checkout my new blog http://neon-diamond.blogspot.co.uk/


Saturday, March 18, 2017

A New Blog!!!

A NEW BLOG!!!

First things first a new blog...... 


     I am going to start a new blog (but still keep this one) with baking, crafts and many more. I am            going to use this to do a blog in my spare time as someting extra to do. Though someone is always having an adventure.💙💙💙💙

     I want to use this as a kind of memory book so i don't forget recipes i make up or even DIYs that        might come in handy. I want use be able to go back to memories that I have forgotten and                    remember them clearly again as if it happened yesterday. 💙💙💙💙

     This is also going to be a way for me to be inspired by websites, books , videos etc. and to share it      with others. I want it to be a blog that people can come to every week to be happy, and inspired          and a place to put my ideas on like a notebook.❖❖❖❖

      I hope you will enjoy my new blog and will have ideas and learn new things from it. 😃😃😃😃


My new blog is called Glitter Ball here is a link

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grindelford Gallop

Last weekend the Hope fell race was a messy one! Checkout the facebook video
Lovely weather by accelerate

Undeterred by the weather my intrepid explorers ventured out to Great Longstone. Starting from the Crispin pub we wandered up onto Longstone moor into the snow. This was a useful recce of part of the Grindelford gallop route.

The following weekend was the actual Grindelford Gallop race this is a 21 mile route heading out of Grindelford along the Derwent valley then on upto Eyam, Foolow and Longstone moor. After Great Longstone the route proceeds along the Monsal Trail to Bakewell railway station. Then up through the golf course to the Chatsworth. After Edensor the route passes in front of Chatsworth House and goes to Baslow. The final climb of the day takes the traveller onto Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt edge then a fast finish back through the Haywood  to Grindelford. The route is shown below. 



The start of the race was exciting it's referred to as The Scrum.
I followed someone from the Killamarsh kestrels proceeding at a convincing pace. However on the downhill stretches I didn't holdback. I paid for this on the final run from Baslow to Curbar edge. In training I'd manage to run this but I had lost it! I was plodding uncomfortably along the edges.

Crossing the Haywood stream was as usual entertaining the other week, when out running with Louis, I splashed some walkers how embarrasing! Today with a photographer  I made another splash wobbling across and almost falling over!

The final stretch through the Haywood was fab, I'd held a little back to enjoy this bit! It helped having someone on my tail I managed to catch a couple of people. This was a fab race and it's not surprising that all the places are taken within 10 minutes of entries opening.

It's always great to have support of my family and buddies from the North derbyshire running club.  One of the good things about the race is the food a bowl of delicious soup, bread and a mug of tea provided a brilliant end to the race.

The race results are here.
The grindelford gallop site

This race is a fab way of raising funds for the Grindelford primary school.

My next race is the spire ultra on the 27th may.
This is a stepping stone to a 66 mile ultra in the lakes..., perhaps this time I'm trying to bite off too much,   mmmm  dubious, training is underway, watch this space.






 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lathkill with the Tiggers

I'm frequently asked about the length of a walk, most of the time I guess, occasionally I attempt a fairly accurate measurement. For reference the length of this walk was determined using my Garmin watch and came out to be 4.2 miles. That's the distance along Lathkill dale going from Conksbury bidge to the gate at the top of the dale near the village of Monyash.

Before Amanda dropped us off at Conksbury bridge, she reminded us of an excellent new years eve walk with Sally and Simon's family ( New Years Eve at Lathkill Dale).

 Louis dabbing in front a a fallen victim of storm Doris! I try to dab but I just get dirty looks!





It was good to wander around the remains of the Bateman's house here we went through a gate and  descended  some iron steps to the entrance of a 12m lead mine shaft. This was safely fenced off and nearby there was a winder which when turned illuminated the shaft, it was very pretty.

There was a lot of water and the cave, from which the river starts was gushing, it would have been perilous to explore here today.








As we neared the top of the dale we recalled old gruesome tales!

Happy in't Mud!