Staffs Nose Record Breaking Team, 2013
UKC News, Nov 2013
© Tom Randall
Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker have recently broken the speed record on the Staffordshire 'Nose' Challenge, set in July by Andi Turner and Pete Bridgwood at 8 hours and 41 minutes. Randall and Whittaker held the original record at 9 hours and 56 minutes, now holding it at 5 hours and 53 minutes.
The Staffordshire 'Nose' Challenge is also known as the 'Brown-Whillans Day Out', and involves climbing all the Joe Brown and Whillans routes at The Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw. Originally, the challenge was to simply complete the routes in 24 hours, but since Tom and Pete set the first record, it has become, much like the Nose, a test of climbing speed and efficiency.
In July, Andi Turner and Pete Bridgwood beat Tom and Pete's first record by 1 hour and 15 mintues, even having time to have a break before climbing Ramshaw Crack. This inspired Tom and Pete to get back and have another go at the challenge and try and get the new record. After a practice day the weekend before, Tom and Pete headed out, with Guy Van Greuning to capture the success.
Unfortunately, as the trio arrived at the first crag, they found it, and both the other crags, wet due to a claggy mist. Rather than letting this stop them, they focussed on the positives and cracked on. Soon the weather turned from bad to worse, and it began raining. Unperturbed, Pete and Tom cracked on, though it definately got more difficult as Tom described on his blog:
Tom Randall on the Staffs 'Nose' Challenge, before the rain set in...
UKC News, Nov 2013
© Guy Van Greuning
The care and attention that the pair had given to things such as rope-flaking and boot cleaning were, by now, well out of the window as the pair raced up route after route, soaked to the bone but driven on by single-minded determination to beat Andi and Pete's record. Soon, exhaustion struck Tom as he fought to second Masochism, HVS 5b, thinking he may have tried harder on Masochism than Century Crack, they faced one last route; Ramshaw Crack, E4 6a. Tom spoke about the final routes of the challenge: