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Jun 08 2013

Walk 65 – Leeds/Liverpool Canal Challenge

65th Walk 1

No caption required really. Leeds was a very long way from here

route: gargrave to leeds via skipton, bingley & rodley – Leeds/Liverpool Canal
Date: 8th jun 2013
distance: 34 miles (gargrave), 30 miles (skipton), 16 miles (bingley)
ascent: ???? feet
time: various – see below
walkers: charlie, chris, chris snr, claire, danny, darran, dave, david, dean, graham, holly, jamie, janet, jill, jimmy, karen, lisa, lucy, marc, matty, nicki, paul, sara, simon & tony

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Mulling around at the start line

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The team shot of the 17 starters from Gargrave. The one person missing… me

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As we set off the two runners (Jimmy & Danny) soon disappeared from view

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Finally underway and we had somewhere in the region of 12 – 13 hours walking in front of us

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No more than 200 yards in and Sherpa G- String has a problem with the very first gate

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Very apt

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The Rambling Badgers and friends head towards Skipton

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Small gaps started to form as we began to stretch our legs

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A homemade sign in a lovely little garden.

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The support team and the two walkers tackling the 30 mile challenge from Skipton

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Skipton canal basin

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The first of only half a dozen barges we saw moving

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This heron flew to the opposite bank as I approached

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Not really a day for sight seeing but Tony spent a short while here

The reason for the walk was to raise money for five worthwhile charities

The reason for the walk was to raise money for five worthwhile charities

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The first check point at Kildwick

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More walkers arrive at Kildwick

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Time for a short break and change of socks

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G, Charlie & Janet arrive

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Matty Boy & Vidal soak up the sun

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When refuelled, each walker signed out and set off for Bingley

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Looking back towards Kildwick

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Note to Vidal: when answering the call of nature remember to check both ways

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Beaky didn’t seem too concerned by the prospect of trolls

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After 15 miles Izzy the dog began to limp, so Holly carried her

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Matty Boy takes his turn to carry the dog, who was collected in near Riddlesden

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By now we were just about half way

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The first arrivals at Bingley, and the first sign of discomfort

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Lunch time

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Lisa (left) and Karen (right) were starting from Bingley and joined Jill & Claire

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Vidal & Matty Boy reach check point 2 at Bingley Five Rise Locks

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Wu Tang checked every walker in and out

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Charlie & G

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Janet followed a few seconds later

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Holly & Beaky arrive at Bingley

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New pairs of socks as well as refreshments from the support team

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Blister prevention

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Blister treatment

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Bingley Five Rise Locks from the top

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A view of the locks from the bottom

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Looking back to Dowley Gap Locks from the bridge which is the one and only time we crossed the canal. From now on the canal would be on our right.

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A short rest en route

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We now had under 10 miles to go

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Tony, Janet, Charlie, G & Marc enjoy a breather

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Darran & Sara were the first to reach Rodley after starting from Bingley

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Paul leads Dean & Chris Snr towards Leeds for the last 6 miles

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The second wave of walkers arrive at Rodley

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28 miles done for Beaky & Holly

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Wu Tang came to meet me, Vidal and Matty with a bottle of water for each of us.

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Chris & Lucy reached Rodley but were unable to carry on due to injury

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Finally, after more than 12 hours the view we wanted to see

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The finish line was now in sight

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Charlie, G & Tony complete in 12 hours 23 minutes

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Janet finishes in front of Marc in 12hrs 25mins

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12hrs 34mins for Beaky & Holly

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Vidal & Matty Boy finished with me after 13hrs 13 mins

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Jill, Lisa and Claire reached the pub at 8:55pm and thus completing a wonderful day

Finish times

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