Many thanks to all the walkers, runners and volunteers who turned out on a very wet day for the 38th Swaledale Marathon organised by the Swaledale Outdoor Club. Despite the weather (it rained most of the day!) the usual enthusiastic participants enjoyed a great route around the hills of Swaledale. Full results are now available here and details of the trophy winners can be found here.
SOC have been going to Seathwaite Hut in Borrowdale since 1974. However, the last two years has seen poor attendance and it was decided that 2017 would be the last year we booked the Hut which is a shame as it is in a great location and has a wonderful atmosphere.
Twelve of us stopped in the Hut on February 24th to 26th: Ian, Graham M, Graham B, Peter K, Yvonne, Carol A, Anne L, Judith & John, and Barbara, James & Leigh, and we were joined by Graham & Glenys who stopped in a nearby Inn.
The inaugural Swaledale Outdoor Club Bake Off was held in the clubhouse at the end of November as part of the Club's 50th anniversary celebrations. The mountain bike section has held an annual Cake Off for a number of years and earlier on in the year challenged other sections to an inter-section Bake Off - a number of heats were held and eventually the club's crack baking squad came together last Monday in the clubhouse for the final showdown.
In thinking of ways to celebrate the Club's 50th Anniversary, Peter B came up with the great idea of 50 people cycling 50 miles on the anniversary of the founding of the Club. This was in addition to visiting 50 different cafes during the year which we easily achieved.
Many of you have not yet been on your summer holidays but looking ahead don't forget our all sections weekend in November. The Club has booked Dufton Youth Hostel for its exclusive use on the nights of 4th and 5th November.
Places will cost £30 per adult (that’s £15 per night). Children will cost £20. There are several 4-bedded rooms – if you wish to have exclusive use of a 4-bedded room for less than 4 people then the cost of the room will be £90 (£45 per night).
The club camp at Usha Gap, Muker attracted a good cross section of SOC members with families well represented. Steve and Carol found an excellent B&B nearby and a number of people came and went over the weekend in order to take part in activities. Anna who had organised the weekend put up the club shelter in the middle of a large field which we had almost to ourselves. The facilities at the campsite were excellent and the views inspiring. Two walks, a cycle ride and a caving trip were on offer on Saturday morning.