Emily Alston travelled to Cumbria, her home area, to take part in the Cumbrian half marathon. Despite the humid and wet conditions as well as a humply course, Emily managed to knock 6 minutes off her previous PB. An excellent, friendly and scenic race; well done to Emily – a highly recommended race.
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Emily said: “Hi, just to let you know I completed the Great Cumbrian Run back in Carlisle last weekend as promised! I even managed a PB of 2:19:12 (six minutes off my previous best time at the Edinburgh half back in May and on a much hillier course). Hot, muggy, humid conditions until mile 11 when thankfully the heavens opened and we all got a well deserved drenching, I don’t think I could have finished the race without it! I am totally biassed as Cumbria is where I am from, but this was a really great race, very uppy downy course, (but all the up was rapidly followed by down!) very scenic, setting off from the Castle and out through the city, then through the villages of Cumwhinton, Wetheral and Scotby, where the support was superb, and looping back into town (past the theatre of dreams that is Carlisle United’s Brunton Park!) and through parkland to the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium for a track finish. Even got my name read out (and a mention for ERN) when I crossed the line. Had a great day, met up with some old friends from school and then beat them to the finish… 🙂 not much more I could ask really!
Thanks for sending me the previous race report by the way, I can’t remember whose it was but they said to take your own energy drink as there were none supplied on the course… good advice… others were looking at me enviously when I produced my powerade at mile 10!
Photos attached: runners gathering at the castle and me (really quite wet!) at the finish.