Llanbedr to Blaenavon Race, 2004

Added here for posterity, after I rediscovered it on Westies' site: https://westerlandsccc.co.uk/llanbedr-to-blaenavon/ Where were you Chris Upson? You said you’d be here! Knowing how much you like a sound thrashing, I ignored my pulled hamstring and cracked rib (yes the price of Pen Cerrig Calch), and entered Llanbedr to Blaenavon (15m,... read more

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 2003: St Johns in the Vale

Damon sent me this write-up, which I am posting here for posterity. I expect it is on the Westerlands CCC website too, but I couldn't find it. Runner, Why do you Run? This was the title of a Boat-Race write-up exquisitely crafted by Chris Menhennet a few years back. It's a question that occurred to me several times over the first weekend... read more

Erskine Bridge Cross, 28 April 2001

A report from the Westerlands CCC website, possibly by Dave Calder, re-posted here for posterity. I think this was my first "long run" (apart from crazily running the Canterbury Marathon as a 16-year old schoolboy!) after starting to do a bit of fell running in 2000. Five hardy souls braved balmy sunshine and a gentle breeze on Saturday April ... read more

The Belfast Marathon - a good walk soiled

A report by Damon Rodwell, dating from May 2001, re-posted here for posterity. This was my first marathon (discounting the one I did a few days after my 16th birthday in Canterbury!). Mark my words – that Crispin lad will go places. [Wales wasn’t quite what I had in mind when I wrote this!] I somehow managed to talk him into accompanying... read more

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 2005: Ennerdale

A brief write-up by Chris Upson, re-posted here for posterity. I joined Crispin as a last minute replacement for Damon Rodwell in the Scafell Class. We failed to match Damon and Crispin’s usual high standard of finishing 2nd, but managed a 3rd place despite a few dithery moments trying to find checkpoints. The 4th team very nearly caught us... read more

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 2004: Coniston

An account by Damon Rodwell, copied here for posterity from https://westerlandsccc.co.uk/saunders-lakeland-mountain-marathon-2/ A strange feeling of deja vu surrounded this year’s Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, based around Coniston on July 3rd and 4th. Once again, Crispin and I had teamed up at the last minute (the Friday afternoon!).... read more

Vegetarian Leopard Pie

This is a recipe for a vegetarian version of Leopard Pie, or “Timballo del Gattopardo”, a classic but obscure Italian dish that could reasonably be called a “macaroni pie”, though it’s very different from the Scottish or West Indies versions. The original Leopard Pie is described by Giuseppe di Tomasi di Lampedusa in his book, The Leopard, and... read more

Father Mark Swooned (aka Imam Bayildi)

I submitted this recipe recently for “Choristers’ Cookbook”, which doesn’t seem to have materialised, so now pushing it up to my blog for Sarah Ward Clavier: this is what meat-eaters need when they go veggie for a month.It’s a Brecon Cathedral take on the famous Turkish dish "Imam Bayildi", which translates as "The Imam swooned". One variant of... read more

Yorkshire Three Peaks Race, 28th April 2002

Another emailed report to Westies, shortly after we moved to Brecon when I was still running under the “W”. This was possibly my worst ever fell race, in terms of injury, abysmal performance, and general misery! And that shoulder still gives me gyp now.3 Peaks (too many in my opinion) Still no word of Gordon R… hope you finished all right.But... read more

Brecon Beacons Race, 16th August 2003

Another emailed report to Westies.Rigby goes supersonic at the Brecon Beacons ‘On yer marks’…‘get set’……………133 runners start to shuffle…‘hang on!!’…133 runners stumble and start tripping over each other, but some are 20 yards down the road…133 runners are all thinking ‘What, is this going to be the first ever false start in 3000 years of fell... read more