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Abraham's Tea Round 'in reverse'

The 'rules' with any fell run (or race) are simple, tick the fells off in any order or in anyway you like. There is usually a race line or fastest most logical route but if you decide to do it 'your way' that's up to you. The same applies to our Abraham's Tea Round.

Chris and Steven are from the Northern Fells Running Club, who are currently dominating our Abraham's Tea Round with the most amount on members that have done the 'ATR' as it's now being called. It all started with Natalie, Liz and Claire heading off for a day in the fells. We didn't know they were going and much to our embarrassment did not have their cups of tea and cake ready on their return. We've made up for it since and anyone that lets us know they are attempting it will be rewarded with not only free refreshments but also a Golden Teacup on their return.

Chris and Steven did let us know and have also shared their run report (below) and map of their route:

Abraham's Tea Round by Chris and Steven

Please find attached the evidence of out Abraham's Tea Round (reverse tandem) Challenge.

Rather confusingly the various GPX route viewers disagree over the total distance. I suspect some use as-the-crow-flies and other calculate the actual ground covered. I’ve taken a general average for the distance with a lean towards those viewers that are best able to work with topographical data.

46km / 28.6 miles

The elevation seems to be the same across the great majority of viewers.

3662m / 12,014 feet

It was a great run out in the best conditions we could hope for, being warm but not hot and safely dry underfoot for the rocky sections.
Highlight of the day for me was belting down from Whiteless to Buttermere, which is something you wouldn’t get doing the route the ‘traditional’ direction: terrific views and excellent running tracks.

Is it better going clockwise?

The drop from high stile past grey crags is most likely easier if you were going up rather than down, but it probably evens out in the end. Psychologically, being at the turnaround point on High Stile and knowing that one more (brutal) push to get to the top of Robinson means a reasonably easy last 12km does help. Going the clockwise route would mean you still have some big peaks and the highest point (Crag Hill, 839m) ahead of you.

Thanks for the opportunity to do this. We may only be on the board in 2nd place for a brief time so we will lord it up whilst we can. Given my legs don’t feel too bad today I think we can do better still, so personally I’ll consider giving it another try at some point.

Many thanks,


Chris

14 August 2018 by George Fisher

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