The X-Pennine 300 Challenge
The X-Pennine 300 Challenge has been developed by Durham Cow editor Joe Watson as a personal 48-hour coast-to-coast endurance challenge which he’ll be undertaking on behalf of the charity Carers Trust between the 16th and 18th May 2014. The 295-mile course incorporates 78 miles of running and 217 miles of cycling utilising two of the major trails that pass through County Durham, the Weardale Way and the C2C Cycle Route. Starting on the Weardale Way at the car park on Bridge Road (NZ 205300) in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, the first stage is a 40-mile run through Weardale and the villages of Witton-le-Wear, Wolsingham, Stanhope, Rookhope, Westgate and Wearhead to the first transition point at Killhope Lead Mining Centre at the head of the dale.
Route (click in the map and drag to see more)
The bike section then heads west on the A689 crossing the border of County Durham & Cumbria at Killhope Cross over a steep, windy ridge shortly after the start, before picking up the C2C route on the fast descent into Nenthead. Here the road option will be used, passing through Alston and over Hartside to Langwathby, Penrith, Threlkeld and Keswick before taking the route over Whinlatter Pass to Whitehaven on the coast. The journey will then be retraced as far as Nenthead before hitting the climb over to Allenheads and the next into Rookhope then using the off-road incline and railway path to reach Park Head Station. At Consett the route option to Roker is used. Although the eastern end of the Weardale Way starts at the Bede Memorial Cross on Roker Terrace, the transition will be at the quieter C2C finish on Marine Walk where the second part of the run begins passing through Chester-le-Street and Durham before arriving back at the start in Bishop Auckland.
Joe will be keeping a blog of his thoughts and training progress up to, during and after his challenge with updates also appearing on Facebook and all of his training sessions will be available on Map My Run. He has set himself a target of raising £1000 for Carers Trust and all donations, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted on his Just Giving page.
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