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posted by The Safety Officer on 23rd Feb 2012

A run which will surely go down in the anals as a "thank f... we survived it!" It started off inauspiciously by pissing down with the sort of rain that gets into every orifice, the path down Doctors Gate was a small fast flowing river, no sign of drought on Bleaklow. At some point we turned right into a clough and then proceeded to scale an "Extreme" cliff, which certainly set the bowels moving. Penny has cause to remember this for some time as she froze on the smallest of slippery ledges with nothing but black void above and below (Quote: "I signed up to do fell running not bloody rock climbing!") The next point was a pond, 'nough said and then up the edge of Dowstone Clough with the sound of a raging torrent that would have swept all before it had we attempted to cross it, well below. Some daft chough (Tom Westgate) decided that Bleaklow Head would be a good place to visit and so we did and it wasn't, but amazingly we did find it in the black void. By this time it was agreed by all but Tom that we had had enough fun and so set off in a southerly direction in the freezing cold, black void. It has to be noted that Messrs Westgate and Holmes, after suggesting that we follow their lead in the void, disappeared and abandoned the rest of the party to their fate. The Safety Officer (had he been available) would have been beside himself with rage at this gross neglect and blatant abandonment of standard procedure but most of us were too knackered to care just wanting to get back to the cars in any direction. So after talking Maurice out of going back north again, we set off south and, praise be, found the path. An interesting "run" and one which was quite nice when it ended!

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Andy says:
February 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Suffice it to say that the 15 runners left by Holmes/Westgate did show commarderie-and did brandish compasses in a Southerly direction-and ensured young Clive -fresh back from using the Southern cross as his navigational aid-returned to base.This was not the first time the front runners have shot off-the return from Mermaid's pond -early in the season was not great with several runners not knowing the Northern edge in the dark being left to be shepherded back .Re-grouping at various points is essential for morale as many Warts begin to tire,uncertain where they are,after 90 minutes-yet are happy to be out.Usually there are a number of runners with local knowledge,compass skills to spread around but we should not assume that.The Woodhead outing will be a time for close order.Andy.
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Tom Westgate says:
February 23, 2012 at 04:34 pm
The Doctor Gate "climb" has to be a fair cop - the "navigators" took a line and got it wrong. As for leaving the herd beyond Hern Clough we left them with the instruction "head South" - unfortunately they could not quite take it on board.