Evening run up Blorange

I spent the last 2 days at a customer site in the south east of England. On my way home last night I decided to explore a route up a mountain called The Blorenge. I did not take any pictures, though I am sure the view would have been great if it was light. Being Novemeber the 5th, I felt the youff of Abergaveny let me down somewhat with few fireworks going off.

The Blorenge from the north is just over 500 meters of ascent, some of which is up a old mine works incline and some on open hill side. Nearly all of it is steep, so until the top plateau there was little I was able to run. Still a great hill training venue which is quite reasonable to do at night. Indeed, I was quite surprised to see an other set of lights out running who clearly knew an easier/better way down than straight back down the north face. I really missed my Mudclaws for the 1st 100m of descent.

Many thanks to Martin Beal and his blog for the idea. I have passed 100's of time to my shame, but never though of using it as a training ground and an excuse to break the drive home up. So if Martin at the top of end of the sport can do the ascent in 21.5 minutes, those of us at the other end might find 30 minutes a good target. Last night the ascent took about 45 minutes to the plateau, but some of that was spent reading the route description and looking for the track in the dark.

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