I was supposed to be testing a Berghaus GORE-TEX® jacket in the Jura Fell race on Saturday. Distressingly though the temperature hovered around 30 degrees and concerns were more focused around sunstroke than weatherproof membranes and breathability.
Another memorable flight in John English’s plane meant Paul Ramsden and I arrived after a full day in the office but still in good time for beer and food in the Jura Hotel. But hot weather does not bring out my finest performances and to finish was enough for me. If it had been a mountaineering trip I would have stopped early with heat exhaustion and bivouacked. Unfortunately though the cut-off times of fell races prevent that kind of relaxed approach.
That was supposed to be the peak of my fell racing season and leave my legs fully prepared for India in September. But in retrospect it was curiously enjoyable so I think I will extend the season to include Duddon Fell race in two weeks time. With luck the weather will be nasty enough to cool me down and give that jacket a good testing at the same time.
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