Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Original Mountain Marathon 2009


Mr Uhdd has phoned to say all is well and he and his partner have completed the Original Mountain Marathon,  they have as the saying goes ‘been accounted for’. Yesterday he tells me was tough.

I wonder what state his feet are in.

(Here are some feet I photographed earlier.)

Feet 2-2

He didn’t ring home till the two day event was completed, he had a mobile with him, but it was only for emergencies and had to remain in a sealed bag till the race was complete. You can read about the event and its history here.

There’s a blog, but no one is saying very much,  so we will just have to wait till they get back for the full story.

Maybe I should do a before and after shot of his feet, Mr uhdd tells me his feet are in pretty good nick, for a fell runner that is.

Feet 1-2

Last years event was surrounded by some passionate debate, my personal  take on that rainy Saturday is here. I think I had better go and make a hearty stew or some such, I’ve got a feeling he will be hungry when he gets home.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “Original Mountain Marathon 2009

  1. The photos kind of made me think of a nudist version of The Bill end credits – now sadly defunct

  2. I can feel the sea on my toes – thank you.

  3. Now safely back home. Feet remarkably unscathed, although a bit wrinkled from trudging through bogs all weekend! Wet and windy on Saturday, brighter, but still windy yesterday. In the end a satisfactory result, not at the front of the A Class, but not at the back end of the field either.

  4. Congratulations, Mr Uhdd! I’m glad to hear that you and partner are back all in one piece. I hope you enjoyed the stew. That was the detail of Mrs Uhdd’s post that most appealed to me. I imagined how welcome a hearty stew would be after two days on the fells. Then I started wondering if you’d be wanting mashed potatoes or jacket potatoes with that! Last year it was going to be soup, do you remember? I really need to send my menfolk out more often, to get wet, cold and muddy. And teach them the joys of coming home again.

  5. The question should be not how are the feet, but what colour are they?

    Two showers later and mine are a paler shade of peat bog brown, but I really shouldn’t have used a light blue towel last night (I wasn’t thinking quite straight at 2am…).

    • That was late Sarah. UHDD mentioned that you were running. Which class?

      The terrain was very tough off the “motorways”, but at least the weather was kinder than last year.

  6. I did the short score, but my lift home was with an A course pair who finished at 14.30 so were in the big bus queue. We left at about 16.30 and got back to Aberdeen just after 1.30 am.

    I got onto one the motorways on saturday, not sure whether it was better or worse than the tussocks as some of it was very deep. Did you see the chap who lost his shoes in a bog and finished the day barefoot?

    • Mid Wales to Aberdeen, after the OMM that is a marathon in itself!
      For non fell runners, I should explain the ‘motorways’ are the tracks made by those who have gone before, (other runners and those who mark out the course) trampling down some of the long tussock grass into a more run-able route.

    • Similarly, my running partner and I had to wait for an Elite Class runner who was giving us a lift home.

      No, didn’t see the guy who lost his shoes, but he must have been a sight. The best I heard was from our lift who went into a bog up to his chest and then found he’d joined the rotting corpse of a sheep. Yuk!

      Not on this event, but I heard of a runner in one race who fell into a bog THROUGH the corpse of a sheep!!!!!!!

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