It’s the 23rd August and I’m only now getting round to writing this post about the Lakeland Trail marathon held at Coniston village which took place on the 6th July. It’s embarrassingly late but the weekend and the race were so lovely, I thought it was still worth sharing a few of my thoughts on the race and a couple of the lovely pictures showing the beautiful Lakeland scenery.
The Lakeland trail marathon starts and finishes at southern end of Coniston village, near the very old and interesting building of Coniston Old Hall. The course takes the runners on a clockwise lap of the lake using some gorgeous trails and allowing the runners to see some breath taking Lakeland scenery especially while the runners do a lap of Tarn Hows, a truly wonderful spot north of Lake Coniston.
This was my 4th time running this event, the course is anything but easy but the views are so rewarding I have to keep putting the race on my calendar each year.
The race is a tough test of a trail runners character with plenty of climbs and different running surfaces including good paths, rocks and towards the end of the race (where you could do with them) lots of tree roots to have to carefully pick your way through which is very difficult when you are both mentally and physically tired, resulting in many runners finding themselves keep tripping up.
This year we made a weekend of it and stayed at Brathay Hall for the night before the race with friends, the Bradley family. On the Saturday us boys had a walk up the hill above Brathay Hall and enjoyed the view looking down Lake Windermere in the warm sunshine. The whole family loves going to Brathay so it was just great to be up there and especially with friends too.
On race day the weather was lovely and sunny, the run was every bit as tough as previously but also as rewarding as ever with its stunning scenery. I enjoyed good company from a running friend of mine called Neil for the majority of the race but sadly the tree roots in the latter stages of the race took their toll on him and he slipped back. Still we both managed good times considering the tough course and I just managed to scrape under 4 hours with 3 hours 57 minutes 22 seconds.
For the second year running I enjoyed a post-race paddle in the cooling waters of Lake Coniston to refresh the legs after the race.