For runners interested in hitting the Lake District over spring, organisers of the popular Lakeland Trails series have announced that their next event, Hawkshead, is nearing capacity with entries closing on Sunday. Split into three separate competitions - two 17km races and one 10k - the events on Saturday 27 April are seen as an ideal introduction to trail running.
Starting and finishing at Hawkshead Recreation Ground, each race follows circuits along well-marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. All of the routes take in the infamous 'Coffin Trail' hill, a serious undertaking for those who attempt to run all the way to the top.
In addition to sounding a last call for the Hawkshead event, orgnisers announced that the other race in the spring series, Staveley, is more than 75% full. Scheduled for 1 June, the trio of events - 17km Kentmere Trail Race, 17km Kentmere Trail Challenge and 10km Kentmere Trail Run - take in panoramic views of most of the southern Lakeland fells and starts and finished in Staveley village.
Registration for the Hawkshead events are priced at £29. More information on the other races in the Lakeland Trails series is available on their website.