Starting and finishing at Hawkshead Recreation Ground, the 17km Hawkshead Trail Race, 17km Hawkshead Trail Challenge and 10km Trail Run follow circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. All of the routes take in the infamous ‘Coffin Trail’ hill, a serious undertaking for those who attempt to run all the way to the top! Underfoot conditions are generally good, particularly for those used to off-road running.
The 17Km Trail Race was nominated as one of the Grand Prix events this year and 3 Harriers had pre-entered this event. Unfortunately Marcus was unable to make it on the day and leaving Steph Scott and Ian Brown to complete the course and take maximum points. No such luck for Steph who barely managed to get round the field at the start before feeling the recurrence of a calf injury and dropped out as a (sensible) precautionary measure. As this was Ian’s first ‘race’ since an enforced 10 week break from running, he naturally found the long climbs a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, Ian managed to complete the 17Km in 95 minutes and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The same 17Km route is used for the ‘Challenge’ which starts an hour before the Trail Race. This event allows the less experienced runners to enjoy a long trail run without being in a race, as such.
Tynedale were well represented in the Challenge with 4 runners completing the distance: Jan Oliver (1:40:35), Nick Robb (1:56:37), Nicky Jeffrey (1:57:08) and Gavin Spickit (1:57:20).
This is a great day out (if you have a day to spare) and despite the long drive and £29 entry fee is well worth the effort.
The Grand Prix results have been updated to include this event the recent Marathon results by Club members (Note: if you have done a marathon this year and it is not included, please let me know!).
The next Grand Prix event is again a Trail Race, but a bit closer to home. It is the George Ogle 6 mile multiterain race starting at Swalwell Cricket Club on the 29th May. There is a race limit of 200 so pre-entry is advised in case the limit is reached.