23 Dec

Great Trail Challenge Returns

Karrimor Great Trail Challenge

The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, organised by the team behind the Bupa Great North Run, will be staged in Keswick for a third time on Sunday 1 June 2014. Showcasing breath-taking Lakeland views of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite, participants will take in the old Keswick railway line, River Greta and the challenging heights of Latrigg Fell over 11km and 22km distances.

Since its inaugural staging in 2012, the challenge has become a popular fixture in the northern trail scene. The distances - 11km and 22km - means it is an attractive option for both experienced trail runners or a new challenge for road runners. This year's event will also see the introduction of an 11km walk for anyone who wants to complete the route at a more leisurely pace.

There will be a further competitive edge to this year's race, with timing mats recording how long its takes runners to tackle a 1.5km ascent of the northern shoulder of Latrigg Fell, and descend Cumbria Way for 3km to the finish line. The fastest male and female across both distances will be crowned the King of the Mountain and the Demon Descender.

As well as the mass participation event, spectators can watch an elite race, with senior and junior athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland competing in the Home Countries International team competition.

Peter Riley, project manager at Nova International said: "The introduction of an 11km walk and local businesses providing event-day entertainment has seen the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge increase in popularity over the last three years. We expect even more runners and walkers to take on the trails in 2014 and will be working hard to make it another event to remember in Keswick."

For more information and to register, visit the event website.