Don't ever let it be said that romance is dead in the Dark Peak. Spyke has been in touch to fill us in on some of the details of Jude's recent purple patch on Lakeland Fells ... some of which the Calendar admits had rather passed it by in the welter of other summer successes, short and long (not least because our correspondents on the ground seem increasingly thin these days - remember, folks, that briefly penned race reports to accompany results, however incoherent, are always welcomed by the webmaster, carshare and the calendar).
In a remarkable display of consistency in the Lakeland Classics this year, Jude won the women's races at Duddon and Ennerdale outright, coming second and third respectively behind the current British and English champions at Buttermere Horseshoe and Three Shires. She also won her age category in all five races; and can probably be excused coming tenth at Borrowdale since she'd only completed her extremely impressive Bob Graham Round in 18:54 (third/fourth fastest woman ever?), just two weeks beforehand.
Even by Dark Peak standards that's pretty good going, and those wishing to show their appreciation may like to visit Jude's Just Giving page set up to raise awareness for Parkinson's Disease.
Our informant (only ever so slightly to the delight of your malevolent correspondent) was also quick to jump to the defence of the top end more generally, pointing out that Wasdale has clashed with FRA champs races twice in the last three years. Any suggestion of emotional scarring by scurrilous calendar hacks in our previous postings are, needless to say, entirely unsupportable and the Calendar - much like the Sun newspaper - hereby offers a full and heartfelt apology to anyone inclined to take anything it has to say at all seriously.
That said, it also can't quite resist making reference to @galarunner's recent Facebook posting in response to the announcement that Wasdale will again be one of the champs counters next year: "... the Castle Carr long sounds like a much better option for those of us who go jelly legged at the thought of having to do Wasdale".
And for the avoidance of doubt, here's another smiley face :-)
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