This weekend’s Silverdale Circuit (Saturday 16 February) will provide 180 lucky participants the opportunity to run through some of Cumbria and the surrounding areas finest natural spots across a testing 20 mile course. According to race organiser Jeff Mitchell, “the unmarked and undulating route covers amazing, varied trails in this underrated area of outstanding natural beauty.”
Starting from Milnthorpe the stunning 20 mile route will take you to places that even many locals don't get to see, passing through Dalham Deer Park, where you could well view resident fallow deer, and the impressive Leighton Hall.
The course moves onwards to Leighton Moss Nature Reserve before passing Hawes Water and onto a technical single track along the stunning coastline. An ascent of Arnside Knott follows before an opportunity to climb the Fairy Steps – if this doesn't sound magical enough then the highest points offer outstanding views of Morecambe Bay and The Lakes.
Jeff Mitchell told runABC North a little more about the race: “This is our third running of Silverdale Circuit since we took it over & the 180 places sold out months ago... the waiting list had more people on it than we had entrants in our 1st year! Due to this popularity we're planning on launching an additional event on the Sunday next year.
“Despite recent conditions, the weather forecast is looking pretty good. Almost disappointing, we put this event on in February as it's comparatively low level and I was secretly hoping for full on snow conditions this year to make it interesting.
“As in all our events, we welcome both runners and walkers and get a wide variety of abilities taking part. The course record was set last year by Andy Mouncey who blasted round the route in 2:58, this will take some beating but the conditions this year may be favourable.”