The Angry Corrie 32: Jun-Aug 1997



Not every spring sees a General Election, but each April/May does bring the hillbagging world's own version of constitutional reform and sweeping change in the shape of Alan Blanco's annual update to his Marilyns list. This comprises a 4pp insert to The Relative Hills of Britain, continuing the rolling update of height/name/location changes whilst also providing up-to-date details of those who wish it to be known they've climbed 600 or more of the 1551 Marilyns and are thus eligible for the Hall of Fame. Although there has been no landslide of recent entries, the overall turnout is noticeably up: the 1996 group now joined by Smithies, Harwood, TAC quiz winner Stuart Benn, Blanco himself and, recently on High Willhays, fabled Beinn Teallach discoverer Richard Webb. The published update cuts off at the turn of 96/97, but these figures are generally correct to late May:

TotalName - current homeBorn1st Marilyn (and 1000th)
1368Bowker, Rowland - KeswickCheshire 1930Great Orme 1937 (1000th: Turner Cleuch Law 3/95)
1353Bowker, Ann - KeswickWatford 1936Dunkery Beacon 1947 (1000th: Farrmheall 6/95)
1261Payne, Tony - LimerickLondon 1957Dunkery Beacon 1974 (1000th: Ellson Fell 9/95)
1001Donnelly, Colin - CaernarfonGlasgow 1959Ben Ledi 1969 (1000th: Cruach Tairbeirt 2/97)
870Crummett, John - BradfordHalifax 1945Great Whernside 1961
722Smithies, Don - LeedsBlackburn 1931Snowdon 1946
703Adshead, Gordon - WilmslowManchester 1940Great Gable 1954
671Blanco, Alan - GlasgowEverton 1952Moel-y-gest 1967
644Benn, Stuart - InvernessGlasgow 1960Meikle Bin 1970
605Webb, Richard - WolverhamptonLudlow 1961High Vinnalls 1966
601Harwood, Eddie - ElginA mysterySchiehallion year unknown

But, but ... late shock news! No sooner was this decided than Blanco went south to visit some relatives, both human and hilly. He paid a visit to Abberley: nice hill. Visited cutting: horror! Workmen! JCBs! Swampy! (Well, not Swampy, not yet.) The cutting is being completely filled in, and the drop will diminish enough to cause a new status crisis. Having had its fifteen minutes of fame, will Abberley revert to SubMarilyn backwaterdom? Or once the cutting is deemed part of the landscape, is it forever there, troubling, absently nagging, like a phantom limb? More bizarre still, a dazed and confused Blanco quizzed his enemies the workmen for details and learned that the 48k tonnes of in-fill are being quarried from the summit of Titterstone Clee Hill - the very Marilyn to which Abberley Hill connects! What goes around, comes around.