Pure Challenge – Bowland 100k Challenge

On March 18th Cathie Hall and Tim Swarbrick entered the Pure Challenge – 100k Bowland Event. Yep, that’s not a typo. It does say 100k!

The course pack said the trail would be tough and boy did it live up to that!

Starting at Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland the first 50k of the route headed north and up Catlow Fell (486m) and Croasdale Fell (544m) before dropping into Dunsop Bridge.
The last 50k will saw them scaling Fair Snape Fell (520m) before walking to Chipping, Whitewell and Waddington.

Weather was not favourable with much of the trail being under water and dangerous. Cathie managed to finish the course so a massive well done to her. Tim was making good time hitting the half way point ahead of time. Due to bad weather and severe conditions the event was called off at 9pm for those still out on the fells.

This is the second 100k event that has been cancelled due to weather for Tim, hopefully it will be third time lucky



3 replies
  1. Andy
    Andy says:

    Run by ‘Pure challenge’, apparently it was a badly organised disaster, not only the weather spoiled it. It was called off at around 9:30pm due to being deemed too dangerous to continue, but walkers were waiting up to 3 hours to be transported back to base at Slaidburn, where many were on the brink of hypothermia. Plenty of negative feedback on their Facebook page…..Unless they’ve removed it.

  2. Dave
    Dave says:

    When the events have finished, do the people responsible for posting the fluorescent posters all over Chipping come back to remove them?

  3. Lee Southworth
    Lee Southworth says:

    Yes it was badly organised,I walked the whole thing on my own soaked to the skin but hey due to the weather being so bad I now know that it would take a lot more than a bit of cold and wet to dampen my spirits,I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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