This Sunday (11 June) will see the first ever staging of the Baht’at Trail Marathon and Half Marathon, a tough mixed terrain run that will offer competitors some stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside. The field of around 180 will make local history too – this is the first marathon and half to take place in the Keighley area.
Sunday’s field can expect to tackle a mixed-terrain course that moves from Victoria Park and through Ikley Moor, known as the inspiration for the Yorkshire county anthem On Ilkla Moor Baht’at, before returning to the finish in Keighley.
Event organiser Jonathan Carter told us that he has capped the entry limit (200) on purpose: “It’s organised by a runner for runners and I’ve tried to incorporate a lot of the good things I’ve seen in the hundreds of marathons that I have competed in. I hope that it can establish a reputation of being a small and friendly race.”
On what will be a milestone event on Sunday, Jonathan added: “What makes it special is the friendly Yorkshire welcome, stunning views, true multi-terrain route and the fact that it is the first marathon and half to ever be run in the Keighley area – all our runners will be part of a little slice of local history.”
At the end of the race, winners will receive some unique trophies and prizes and every finisher will receive a bespoke medal and goodie bag, with items kindly donated by many local businesses.
Any profits from the race will be donated to the Brathay Trust, which aims to improve the chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.