Runners head down Ennerdale.
Monday's Mountain - Scafell Pike

The heavy rains of Sunday night slowed eased off but there was no let up in the wind and the yachts coming in early on Monday morning had taken a pounding. Between 01.00 and 02.39 'Midnight Getaway', 'Mew Gull', 'Assent' and 'Positive Impact' came into Whitehaven Marina, but no one was in a hurry to set off up Scafell Pike.

Assent still had no engine and was sailed right into the lock, an impressive piece of seamanship in such strong winds, and Positive Impact decided to wait until daylight before Dean Townend and Heath Reilly set off. With his visual impairment Dean had had enough of night fell running on Snowdon!

Chic Nic came in later in the morning very shaken up after suffering badly with seasickness, so they took time out to recover a bit and take a shower before their runners headed for the mountain. They set the slowest time on Snowdon, but seem happy to take things at their own pace. On the bike ride to Ennerdale Graham Ascott stopped for a rest and said: "I've not been on a bike for 25 years!"

They are now bringing up the rear of the race as both the yachts left behind have now retired with neither reaching Caernarfon. ESOX was reported as being towed off Caernarfon Bar and Artful Dodger has retired, though we don't know if they ever left the marina at Pwllheli."

At the front end of the race the lead won by 'Lightning Reflex' was extended when 'Hannah' left to give chase, only to come back in again half an hour later. With no sail up at all they were still moving at 4 knots and it's a measure of how tough the conditions were that one of the biggest yachts in the race came back in again.

So, on Monday morning only one yacht was at sea and the rest were in port, most of them with their runners out on the Scafell Pike. Jonathan Blanchard and Philip Pascoe picked up their bikes and commented on the conditions on their way back. "It was so hard to find your way in the dark, the trail runs over rocks and is marked by cairns, but in the dark you couldn't tell rocks from cairns and we keep losing the path." The runners from Assent had the advantage of arriving at Scafell Pike after dawn and were delighted to set the second fastest time on the mountain stage.

Low clouds have stayed over the mountain tops for days now, so even in daylight careful navigation was still required. Black Sail Pass, which has to be crossed before reaching Scafell Pike was clear, though the wind was so strong it was hard work just walking downhill from there. Even on the big inland lakes in the 2 valleys the teams cross, Ennerdale and Wasdale, the wind was whipping up columns of water from the surface. Out at sea it's still far, far worse, with no sign of the storms abating just yet.
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