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Lakeland Trail Series, Coniston.

07/06/2015

On Sunday the 2015 Lakeland Trail Series of races continued in Coniston with the Trail Marathon and Half Marathon. Dumfries Running Club was represented by six runners across the events...

The races are very slightly shorter than their road counterparts, but this is more than made up for by the hilly, rough terrain, though the scenery and views are a good reward for the effort put in.

All the races start off along the same course, but after a lap and a half of Tarn Hows, the Marathon continues up along the far side of Coniston Water while the Half returns down through the woods to Coniston village with the races coming together again for a final finish sprint.

First off (at 7am!!) were Susan Gallagher, Gemma Leadbetter and Jo Pennington in the Marathon Challenge. All three ladies were using the event as part of their build-up for upcoming longer races. Despite taking a tumble Susan was first home in 5:19 and was very happy with a well-paced run  (the Lakeland 50 being her upcoming goal). Gemma and Jo ran together as they are both training for the Lakeland 55K event, successfully negotiating the knee-deep muddy section to finish in 6:05 - not an easy choice of route for Jo's first marathon, but they still looked fresh at the end!

Helen Pedley was up next in the Half Marathon Challenge, where she was cheered on through Coniston by her clubmates and which she successfully completed in 2:24. Ian Anderson had thought that the event was a month after Comrades when he entered so wasn't sure how well his legs would fare, but he thoroughly enjoyed the event, and even managed a sprint finish to duck under the 2 hour mark in 1:59. Jo Zakrzewski made a last minute decision to enter and also wondered how far she would get before Comrades caught up with her. They both found that they had less strength on the uphills than usual, and the steep downhills challenged their tired quads. Jo just about managed to hang on in to finish as 1st lady in 1:30, despite having to negotiate a surprise stile covered in carpet within the last 500m.

It was a well-organised event, with the runners being treated to almost all weathers within one race (sun, rain and wind) but luckily it remained mainly dry so the food and drink stalls at the finish could be appreciated by everyone.

All the DRC members felt that they'd had a good day out and that it was well worth the trip.

Jo.

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