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Lakeland Trails Series, Hawkshead

18/04/2015

On Saturday 18th April, Christina Adamson, Kim Adamson, Gemma Leadbetter and Joanne Pennington headed to Hawkshead to take part in the 17km Trail Challenge as part of training for their first ultra marathon distance event in June...

The event is part of the Lakeland Trail Series which boasts a festival-like start and finish arena, has several distance options, a relaxed atmosphere, fantastic scenery, a challenging but enjoyable run and a stylish technical T-shirt memento as modelled by the quartet in the accompanying photo.

The Hawkshead installation of the series involved two quite lengthy and steep climbs of approximately 1 mile each. The second ascent, referred to as the “Coffin Trail”, is the steeper of the two and begins sharply at around 7 miles and is the ultimate test of strength, stamina and determination to a novice trail runner. On reaching the summit of the Coffin Trail the sharp descent back to the finish line begins and the music from the finish line starts to be heard.

The DRC ladies were pleased to get a bit of encouragement from fellow club mate Paul Hart in the closing couple of miles as he passed them en-route to the finish line whilst competing in the 17km race which started one hour after the Challenge.

Reflecting the high calibre of the event, the race which involved over 1500 ft of elevation gain, was won by Martin Cox of Salford Harriers in a time of 1.05.33. Paul finished in 33rd place and 9th in his age category in a time of 1.22. Despite the speedy performances most of the early finishers still managed to utter words of encouragement to the Challenge runners as they raced each other to the finish.

All four DRC ladies will be taking part in other events in the series as they prepare for the Ultimate Trails 55K event in June.

Gemma.

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