No dawdling for Darren at Derwentwater

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Darren Gee was back in action this weekend this time at the Derwentwater Dawdle. This is a challenging 23 mile(route that takes in three tough ascents totalling 4300ft as you complete a full circuit of Derwentwater.
From the start at Victory Memorial Hall in Braithwaite runners make their way to the first ascent, the summit of Cat Bells giving stunning views back towards Keswick & over Derwentwater from here a fast and technical descent following the lake side and make your way past the iconic Castle Crag to Rosthwaite and the first check point at the Institute.

Another steep ascent soon awaits runners as they head up the steps to Dock Tarn, a beautifully isolated spot. After passing Watendleth runners get to the second check point located at Surprise View (and it lives up to its name) before dropping to the famous beauty spot at Ashness Bridge.
Another climb up to Walla Crag gives runners more stunning views over Derwentwater, after another fast and fun descent. One final short optional climb to the view point at Castlehead is included before runnerspass through Keswick beginning theirreturn to the start point. Darren had a great run finishing 14th overall in 4hrs 46. Excellent work Darren.