Hawkshead Trail Race
Saturday 19th April 2008 saw the 2008 Lakeland trail series kick off with the Hawkshead Trail Race, a 15k course through some of the most scenic and varied countryside in the Lake District. The race was voted the “best race in the UK in 2007” by Runnersworld magazine.
The route follows a circuit along well-marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways and takes in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. Underfoot conditions were pretty good on the day, and the course had two tough climbs, the second of which took in the infamous Coffin Trail. After the climbs came some fast descents, particularly for those used to fell running.
Prior to the start runners were entertained with live music and dancing and the event had a real party atmosphere. Phil Abbott of Long Eaton Running Club tackled the course for the second consecutive year, finishing in a new course best time of 1:23:30. Vicky Yeomans, also of Long Eaton Running Club tackled the course for the first time, finishing in a respectable 1:44:09.
The next race in the series is the Gaburn Trail race, which takes place on 31st May 2008.
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