Cumbria

Derwent Water

Cumbria offers the perfect contrast of jaw-dropping scenery in tranquil surroundings whilst never being far from a tearoom or country pub. After a cursory glance at the area’s running clubs it becomes immediately obvious that there is a particular passion for one type of running in Cumbria – fell running. The area has produced some fell running greats such as Kenny Stuart, Billy Bland, and Joss Naylor. Though there is much more to the area than fell running, as runABC North found out.

Cumbria’s terrain is varied, offering trails, road, woodland and bridle paths. You can immerse yourself in the history of the area, as Wainwright often did, or run alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

One club that takes advantage of the array of terrain on offer is Keswick AC. The club describes itself as specialising in ‘fell and road running’ but that and more. We find out about the club from secretary Sam Stead, who is keen to debunk the myth that Keswick AC is just for ‘serious runners’.

On the subject of ‘less serious’ runners, a number of groups have sprung up in recent years with an increasing number of Cumbrians taking to the activity. Jo Falconer from female-only Fellside Runners tells us about her group and how it keeps her motivated during the winter months.

Also serving to motivate runners is the great selection of races on offer. Clubs and groups are kept busy throughout the year with a race calendar brimful of top quality events. The Lakeland Trails series holds various races across the county, including Coniston, Keswick and Helvellyn, ranging from 10s to 110K ultras. The aforementioned Keswick AC organises many of their own events including Derwentwater 10, now in its 56th year, and the slightly more undulating Skiddaw Fell Race. Also attracting a huge field each year is the Great Cumbrian Run in Carlisle.

The area is well serviced by running retailers Pete Bland Sports in Kendal and Carlisle’s Chivers Sports. Cumbria may not be the biggest county in the north of England, but it’s quite possibly the boldest.

 

Check out some of what Cumbria has to offer to runners below.

Clubs

The best way to improve your running - join one of the region's active running clubs.

Groups

A friendly introduction to running with other people.

Services

Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.

Retailers

Running retailers in the region.

 

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