Kicking off the 2012 edition of the Lakeland Trails Spring Season are the Cartmel 18K Race and Challenge and the Sticky Toffee Trail Run 10K. Gillian White ventured down to Cumbria to sample the local delicacy, and run a trail race while she was in the area!
Gillian said : “I had a great time at the first of the Lakeland Trails series on Saturday, the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Trail 10K, definitely to be recommended!
Lakeland Trails run a spring & autumn series of trail races in the Lake District and they know what they’re doing – it was really well-organised, no complaints at all and such great fun! It was gloriously muddy, there was Guinness at the water station (well, it was St Patricks Day) and we were drummed in over the finish line by a samba drumming band – fantastic!”
“We set off, accompanied by the samba band too, on the Cartmel race course and straight out onto country tracks & bridleways. There was more actual running in the first half, the route climbed a wee bit and there were lovely views out over Morecambe Bay. The second half was all a bit more start/stop as you had to negotiate the ankle deep mud and puddles/streams, but that was great fun! I was quite glad to get back onto the racecourse at the end, just for a chance to run on the flat for a wee spell and stretch my legs. No goody bag as such, but there was a nice technical T and a Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding for all the finishers.”
“All in all a great day! That was just the first race of the year so there’s plenty more still to come – Lakeland Trails. A word to those signed up for other races in the series, the water on the route at Cartmel was in cups and there was none at the end, I guess it may be different for warmer or longer races, but best plan your hydration accordingly.”