Over 500 runners are expected to make their way to Cumbria on Sunday (30 April) to compete in an event that is referred to as one of the ‘most scenic 13 miles 192.5 yards in the country.’ Those considering competing at Keswick Half Marathon are being alerted to the fact that entries for the race close on Thursday (27 April).
The challenging, scenic course will start from Portinscale suspension bridge, about 20 minutes walk from Keswick Rugby Club. Runners will then make their way around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands Valley.
2016 saw a convincing victory for Keswick AC’s Sam Stead, who crossed the line in 1:14:30, almost six minutes ahead of second placed Dave Heslop (1:20:19) of Blaydon Harriers. Duncan Lawrence was third in 1:21:10.
Stead’s clubmate Katy Moore led the female field home in 1:29:38, marginally ahead of fellow Keswick runner Catherine Spurden (1:29:44). Witney Road Runners’ Frankie Snare took third spot in 1:34:23.
The race was set up by Keswick Rugby Club in order to raise funds for the club and the youth coaching programme. Entry for the half is priced at just £18 (or £16 for affiliated runners), and registration is available here.