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That's Lyth, Kendal.

25/01/2015

On Sunday January 25th six of the more determined Dumfries Running Club members were down to take part in the That’s Lyth event starting and finishing at Kendal in the South Lakes...

This democratic event encourages walkers as much as runners over its 24 miles of terrain that includes a climb over Cunswick Fell, Whitbarrow and Scout Scar. The main challenge is to navigate round the route on foot and no prizes are offered for those home first. One of the main attractions are the checkpoints which seem to have many varieties of sandwiches, sweets and refreshments to provide sufficient energy on such challenging terrain.

For those taking part, each had aspirations to train for future challenges whether it was future marathons or ultra-races and after a 5.30am departure from Dumfries Richard McDougal, Dawn McDonald, Peter Hutchinson, Jo Pennington, Susan Graham and Kim Adamson arrived in plenty of time for the 8am start from Kendal scout hall.

For the first 7 miles the weather was clear and warm which even allowed the competitors to take their rain jackets off. After this however, Kim and Jo running together found conditions to be much tougher as the weather closed in on the long slog over high and muddy ground and they were relieved to get hot drinks at the next checkpoint where they met up with Peter and encouraged him over the difficult sections. On the final 7 miles after the last checkpoint this trio ended up walking most of the way and were delighted with the encouragement and support from fellow competitors and marshals especially as it was the first time that had ever taken part in an event of this type. Dawn and Richard, who have done this course a number of times, managed to run most of the route and crossed the line in 5 and a half hours with Jo and Kim finishing in 7 hours with Peter and Susan close behind. All thoroughly enjoyed the event and are definitely up for more of this type of challenge in the future.

Stephen Mohan

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