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Countrystride #113: WHY WE RUN - Fell and trail running in the Lake District

...in which we embark on one of our all-time favourite walks – up the Glendereterra valley – to ask why runners head into the toughest of fell landscapes on journeys of adventure, endurance, technical challenge and self-discovery. As we delve into the Back o' Skidda', we hear from Keswick born-and-bred Jacob Tonkin about the heritage of fell-running passed to him by his grandparents, and his support efforts on the Bob Graham Round. Returning below Lonscale Fell, we follow Chloe Thwaites' journey from near-paralysis on an A&E ward to a reconnected love with northern landscapes. Finally, we speak with Danielle Ledbury, author of new book Why we Run, about the 28 extraordinary runners she has photographed in the Lakeland fells; about trauma and recovery; about grief and joy; about vulnerability and community; and about that elusive flow...




View north up the Glenderaterra Beck into the Back o' Skidda'.

Setting out! (From left): Jacob Tonkin, Dave Felton, Chloe Thwaites and Danielle Ledbury.

Jacob and Danielle.

Danielle and Chloe.

The slabbed crossing of Roughten Gill.

Onto the Cumbria Way.

South on the Cumbria Way.

Fabulous light towards Walla Crag.

Sunshine and rain.

Our route for the day.

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