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posted by John on 11th Feb 2016

Priddock Wood is fun I told myself as we set off from the Ladybower Inn. Even before the climb, there was fun when crossing the stream, with some managing to keep dry feet via a precarious scramble and a leap and others going for a reviving semi-immersion over their knees. The fun continued up the steep, wooded, brambly, muddy, unstable and mossy hillside. Please think of any other descriptions (not rude ones) you would wish to apply to this epic start to a run. It was all topped off with an exciting clamber across the boundary between wood and moorland. Even at this stage, the group was now splitting, with at least three sets of lights heading for the Jarvis Clough rest home.

Here, now all regathered, time was called on togetherness and the less slow group set off into the night leaving the more slow group in the rest home. The stone circle was reached using an uneventful track and with the guidance of the lights of the faster leading runners. Reminiscences of races held round the circle on runs from the Sportsman brought a touch of sentimentality to the discussions (we must have been going slowly to be able to "discuss").

Crossing Cutthroat Bridge, the next target was the Derwent Edge path and then on to the Coach and Horses (not a pub) where there was some respite from the cooling wind. By now the Cap'n and John had wisely decided to return to the real pub and the rest of us including Bob, Mark, Graham and the newly recruited Leicester man, Steve Jones, dropped down Grainfoot Clough to the edge of the wood. Prompted by some health statistics from Bob that 15% of older runners were likely to have some heart problem, there were further discussions this time on mortality and the way to go, in both senses, before climbing all the way back again to the path leading to Ladybower Tor.

We practiced yet more dispersal by taking at least three different routes back to the pub, with some claiming the moral high ground by going further and climbing more. This was, of course, nothing to do with losing the way back. We were all checked in at the Ladybower Inn where Leicester man, Steve, revealed he was not driving back but was bivouacking somewhere near Win Hill and then, in the following morning, checking out the route of the Margery Hill race. As always, another good Warting/discussion outing.


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Steven Jones says:
February 16, 2016 at 05:28 pm

It was certainly a fun outing with a variety of terrain.

The fun continued the next day after a bivvy on Win Hill with an approximate circuit of the Margery Hill race the previous Saturday although visiting a few extra landmarks for good measure (by choice rather than poor navigation) on a glorious day with superb visibility. Without the impetus of an actual race I did rather more walking than running and later on had a bit of a stroll around Bradwell too before returning south.

Steve Jones, Leicester (actually joined DPFR January 2015 rather than being freshly recruited although maybe I should get out and about a bit more!)

John says:
February 15, 2016 at 04:42 pm

I have seen reports that atrial fibrillation is more common in athletes who have undertaken "heavy" training in the past (lets me off the hook then), if I can find any references I will pass them on. Don't know about any other heart problems.

Chris Barber says:
February 13, 2016 at 03:29 pm

I'd be interested to know a bit more about the 15% of older runners that have heart problems! How does that compare to the overall population?

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