There was a distinctly festive feel to the first ever Sticky Chocolate Trail Run last Saturday (15 December) with competitors enjoying the offerings of mince pies and mulled wine on their way round Cartmel Racecourse. The 5k and 10k events, which rounded off the Lakeland Trails Series for 2012, attracted over 500 runners, with many attending the Trails and Ales end of season party.
Even if there was a light-hearted air to proceedings, both races turned out to be highly competitive, with GB international Rebecca Robinson taking top spot in the 5k. The Kendal AC member secured outright victory in a time of 23:20, with first man Adam Lloyd second home in 23:24.
In the 10km event, in-form Damian Nicholls (Wilmslow Running Club) secured first place in a time of 37:47, with Nick Leigh (Altrincham & District AC) runner-up in 38:20 and Will Jadesa (39:53) rounding off the top trio.
Winners of the best fancy dress costume were Rachel and Simon Price, who completed the 10km course dressed as Christmas Crackers, beating all the elves, pixies, santas and reindeers. Singer songwriter Pete Lashley entertained the crowds with his adaptation of a number of Christmas hits.
After the running, 120 guests attended the first ever Trails and Ales party, with organisers awarding those who had completed all of the Lakeland Trails events in 2012. The series enjoyed its most successful year yet, with over 10,000 competitors taking to the trails.