Saturday (20 October) saw 600 entrants for the Langdale Marathon and Half Marathon as 2018 saw the event under the direction of new organisers Brathay Trust.
The Ambleside-based youth charity, also behind the ASICS Windermere Marathon, took over the race in February of this year. With a stunning yet testing course, the event seems like the perfect fit for the Brathay team.
In recognition of the event’s history, Rod Berry, founder of the Great Langdale Road Races, was given the task of setting the field on their way. The octogenarian has also been appointed patron of the race in recognition of his role in its success.
Saturday’s race saw marathon runners tackling two laps of the undulating route with gradients of 1:3 in places. Starting from the Sticklebarn in Great Langdale runners followed an anti-clockwise direction via Little Langdale and through to Skelwith Bridge, Chapel Stile and Dungeon Ghyll.
At the sharp end of the competition, Hallamshire Harriers’ Michael Sprot claimed top place in the marathon in 3:07:32, with Nicola Shaw leading the female field home. Simon Sampson was the fastest across 13.1 miles with a winning time of 1:25:46, while Penny Lane Striders’ Kate Macfarlane took the female title in 1:38:53.
Scott Umpleby, Brathay’s Head of Fundraising, said: “It’s a great privilege to take over the organisation of the very popular Langdale Road Races. It’s also a great opportunity for us to use our experience of other challenge events, including the ASICS Windermere Marathon."
Scott continued: “Despite the difficult weather conditions everyone enjoyed the stunning scenery and the support they got from marshals, volunteers, spectators and the local community.