Heather Dawe: Riding with kites
- Monday 13 July 2015
My legs are stiff riding up Norwood Edge, one of the harder climbs heading out of Otley. I shouldn’t be surprised – three weeks ago I cycled the route of the Fred Whitton and went fell running in the Lake District, a late effort to try to get fitter for the Yorkshire Dales 300 bike packing race the week after. The following weekend saw me pacing a friend on his Bob Graham Round in the Lakes. He had a great run, getting around in under twenty hours. He just got faster and faster during the leg I supported him on, when he realised that, having started running to a twenty-two hour schedule, he was on for a sub-twenty if he got a move on. Usually supporting someone on the Bob Graham is relatively easy – it’s a long way and it pays to go steady (for most at least). Fortunately I managed to keep up but it was surprisingly hard.