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The Carlisle City Urban Trail race

21/05/2014

The Carlisle City Urban Trail race is a new event run by Sport in Action who also organise the Longtown 10 mile road race. It’s described as a run taking place largely on city trails, only a stones throw away from the city centre, with many a twist and turn along the way. There are two courses, one advertised as 4.2 miles and the other 7.8 miles. Dumfries Running Club was represented at the event by Louise Brown, Sue Jeffrey, Mo Khan, Steve Smith and David Burns...

Louise and David opted for the shorter course whilst Sue, Mo and Steve tackled the longer route. The races both started at the same time in front of Carlisle Cathedral. A fast downhill section lead onto cobbles, then up some flights of stairs onto the bridge over the city by-pass, then down the stairs at the other side towards the castle. The change in terrain was to be a feature of both races with the longer race being essentially the same course as the shorter event with some additional loops.

The race then skirted the castle walls with another change underfoot to grass then down onto the road towards the Sheepmount athletics track. At this point the races diverged with the longer route skirting the Sheepmount track and the shorter race continuing along the river bank. Both routes then continued snaking through various fields before a final cruel set of steps onto the bridge over the river. Over the bridge then under the bridge with the race finishing with a loop round Bitts Park to the finish line alongside the river.

The weather conditions were perfect although both courses were longer than advertised, the short course was 5.4 and not 4.2 miles; the long course was 8.1 and not 7.8 miles.

Everybody really enjoyed the race with Steve Smith producing the run of the night to finish 2nd overall in 47.11. Mo completed the race in 66.01 with Sue one place behind in 66.50. In the shorter race David finished in 41.00 with Louise in 13th place with a time of 48.12.

David Burns

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