23 Nov

Mountain Festival Returns To Kendal

Kendall Mountain Festival

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.


  1. Di said...

    This was a great 10k run. Hard going from the start, but fabulous views from Scout Scar. Well marshalled and organised race.