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posted by Chris Barber on 27th Sep 2012

The first of the "unofficial" (yes, I know before someone starts a rant) warts runs, the first real one being last week from Rowlee Bridge which was generally a lot of fun! Anyway, to more current matters: the route took us in true warting fashion up through the forest to the top of the ridge and thence over a steady bit of moor to the Westend. Ok so far, everyone stuck more or less together, although there was the meerest hint of antisocial behaviour from the front runners! From here we went north into the unknown! Warts are naturally a cohesive group, dependent, as they are, on each other for survival in inclement weather. However, the benign nature of the weather, perhaps contrubuted to the "splitting" in the group and the loss of two of our less mature members. Poor communication meant that one group set off in the direction of Alport Castles and the other, including myself went off in a northerly meander. Yet two more runners whose names I shall disguise (A Damn Shit, anagram) went off into the dark without map or compass between them. So imagine our surprise, if you will, when the two major groups eventually reunited after one had visited the Castles and the other had set off towards Grinah Stones, only to find that the aforementioned had disappeared. So we set off in our usual direct line to the cars until the whisper went round that someone was injured! Who it was that started this rumour is as yet unknown, so....we set off back up the hill. I might say that in all my warting experience, I don't think we've ever done this before, so it was serious, or so we thought. The search failed to find any bodies, living or dead, so we thought "bollocks to this" or at least I did, and we descended through the impenetrable forest to the cars . Some fifteen minutes later the damn shits appeared from down the road in the direction of Westend.

A lesson for us all, map, compass, whistle is essential for these nights!!

There is a map of this run, view the post to see it

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#3127
Tim says:
October 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

I'm still trying to work out the anagram? Can't be me, I wasn't lost, I was following Ashley.............who assured me....................

#3121
Willy says:
September 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Ha, ha, ha.  Good thing the chair was not present to agonise over such buffoonery.  As indeed he wasn't to witness - it is alleged - somewhat closer to the Sportsman, another breakaway group of Warts indulged in similarly ill-considered behaviour.  Indeed, by the common consent of those most closely concerned, it would seem, considerably more ill-considered.

On the evidence of your track, Chris, it is nevertheless reassuring to note that the extent of your concern stretched to, ooh, at least a 200 metre long back track in search of your seriously injured absent co-Warts.

Oh, and as a final thought, if I've understood your anagram correctly, then I believe one of said damn shits still has the thumb compass I leant him several weeks ago ... good to know there's no danger that he lost it on the hill last night then.

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Andy says:
September 27, 2012 at 03:45 pm

Am amazed we went so far -but wandering up to the trig and the aweful path added mileage.As Chris noted map/compass are obligatory-we were ony a small group of 13 but the splintering led to problems ,which in bad weather could have been serious-hate to think what might happen with twice that number and less experienced Warts .Lessons from last night need applying-and faster runners need to wait or form a seperate group ,with numbers well established.We lost valuable time in the pub-as well-.

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