Over 1300 runners enjoyed glorious sunshine at the 10th anniversary of the Lakeland Trails Festival in Keswick on Saturday (5 September). The day consisted of three events, the Derwentwater Trail Run 10K, Derwentwater Trail Challenge 15K, plus the Derwentwater Trail Race 15K, all of which were set against the backdrop of the Lake District.
Mayor of Keswick, Paul Titley, welcomed the runners to Keswick and presented the prizes, while renowned samba drumming band, Batala Lancaster, got everyone pumping with adrenaline before the starts. Competitors from all over the world took part in the various events during the day.
James Scott-Buccleuch won the blue riband 15K Derwentwater Trail Race in 59:44, with Ambleside AC’s Jon Deegan second in 64:16 and making the podium in third place was Steve Brennan, from Ulverston in 66:31. Local girl Annabel Holmes, from Keswick AC, dominated the women’s 15k race, winning both overall and first Lady Veteran 40 in 73:24. Runner up was Ackworth Road Runner, Rebecca Winter in 74:43, with Rachel Fairclough, St Helen Striders, in 75:39.
In the morning's 10K Derwentwater Trail Run, Christina Wiejak broke the women’s course record with 39:52 and finished a staggering second overall. Only another course record by Paul Graham, from Derwent AC in 36.40, prevented Christina from winning the 10k event outright. Penrith’s Suzanne Toppin was second woman in 43.38 and Helen Woodley, from Ulverston, finished third in 43.47.
Next up in the Lakeland series is their Coniston event, which takes place on 3 October.