Described as the 'main social event for outdoor enthusiasts', last weekend saw Open Adventure host the second 10K trail run at the Kendal Mountain Festival. Despite a wet Lakeland autumn and snow forecast for the day's proceedings, the hardy field of 254 runners enjoyed cool and clear conditions - with the odd hint of sunshine.
Leaving the town centre, runners quickly warmed up by tackling Beast Banks - featured in the Tour of Britain earlier this year - before leaving the road and heading up to Scout Scar, Cunswick Fell, and then a gentle descent towards the starting point.
Despite the challenging terrain, the top three finishers all managed sub 40 times, with Ambleside AC's Martin Cox taking top spot in 39:37. Cox was followed by John French (39:43) and Adam Osbourne (39:48). In the women's competition, Annie Conway led the field home in 46:19, followed closely by Helen Leigh in 46:39, and then Ali Richards of Helm Hill, in 47:27.
David Beech, who finished in fourth place, commented after the race: "Challenging course with a mix of terrain, but can anyone tell me how to run on cobbles? I felt I experienced all the different styles of running, a true trail race."
All runners were home within 90 minutes, to a warm welcome from shoppers and festival-goers who had stopped in Kendal Town Centre to offer support.