Nine Harriers set off north to Bampton near Shap for this extremely picturesque race which goes up and then back down the valley with the lake alongside. As the turnaround point is approached the road drops downhill for the best part of a mile but the views of the hills capped with snow on this clear day were worth the hard slog back up alongside the lake.
Between miles two and three (and ten and eleven) the road was submerged for about ten metres with at least four inches of water from the previous rains and just as we were approaching this there were two red deer watching from a knoll about a half mile away, probably wondering what all the splashing was about!
When the tough undulating course was completed at the village hall every runner was given a commemorative mug which was quickly filled with tea or coffee and they were also given a piece of delicious flapjack. The event is very well organised and hosted by Eden Runners and it is well worth the trip. The race was won by Thomas Durcan of Derwent AC in 1.12.39 and a record field of 458 runners took part.
Jack Keighley was the first Harrier; he had a good strong run coming home in 1.30.37. Next was Alan Metcalf, 4th M55, in training for London with his wife Janice, he completed in 1.32.55. Steve Townhill M40 followed in 1.34.12 and Steve Mort M40 proved his recent layoff hadn’t slowed him down, he finished in 1.38.10. Alan Appleby was 1st M65 in a time of 1.40.11 followed by Steve Needham M40 who wasn’t in form but still posted 1.42.19. Harriers ladies were led home by Dot Parkes, in marathon training, she finished in 1.56.38, Sue Wickham F55 was 2.03.11 and Olga Wiggins completed her debut half marathon in a respectable time of 2.16.19.