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Runners and walkers take the heat in Keswick Challenge

by Press Release
Monday 10th June 2013

Race report: The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge - June 9, 2013

Hundreds of runners and walkers braved the high temperatures to complete the most popular trail running event in the North of England yesterday (9 June).  The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge started and finished in Keswick, taking participants on a route that included spectacular Lakeland views.

Club runners, charity fundraisers and soldiers from the British Army took part in the 11km and 22km distances which started in Station Field, near Greta Bank Farm.  The route started out along the Keswick railway line, climbed the northern shoulder of Latrigg Fell, before travelling down Cumbrian Way to the finish line. Participants were officially set on their way by the Mayor of Keswick, Councillor Martin Pugmire.

Elite runners competed in the Home Countries International race, with senior and junior athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Steve Vernon, who will represent Great Britain at the European Mountain Running Championships this July won the senior men’s event in a time of 39:51.

Entertainment in the event village was provided by the Ambleside-based Fairly Famous Family and children could also experience the Keswick Adventure Centre climbing wall.

Peter Riley, Project Director at organisers Nova, who also organise the Bupa Great North Run said: “The heat brought an extra challenge to the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, but the participants did exceptionally well.  The atmosphere was great and it's fantastic to see the runners and walkers taking to the social media sites to say how enjoyable it was.  We've also had hundreds of spectators here today enjoying the family entertainment and food in the sunshine.

“This year's event has been a great success and we hope to make it even more enjoyable in 2014.”

Leanne Day, from the Calvert Trust charity in Keswick ran the 11km and said: “This was my first Karrimor Great Trail Challenge and I loved it. The course was fantastic and there was such a great atmosphere, with the runners giving each other lots of support on the course."

Anyone who wishes to take part in the event next year can sign up to the reminder service online at www.greattrailchallenge.org


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