The Lakeland Trails series got off to a fantastic start on Saturday (March 17) with the Sticky Toffee Trail Run, the 18k Cartmel Trail Challenge and the 18k Cartmel Trail race. The races attracted the largest number of participants in the event's history, with 1300 runners competing.
Brazilian group Batala Lancaster were on hand at the beginning to get the adrenaline flowing with their samba drumming, which proved beneficial with runners encountering a soft and muddy course from the outset.
Commonwealth Games champion, Lizzie Adams, retained her title on the Cartmel Trail Race, completing the 18k race in 1:15:32. The Hallamshire Harriers runner, who is the course record holder, finished fourth overall. In the male event, GB International Orlando Edwards made the long journey from London and won comfortably, finishing more than two minutes ahead of second placed Stewart Gregory.
In the 10K Sticky Toffee Trail Run, Blackburn Harriers' Chris Barnes took first place with a time of 39:35, whilst Sarah Ridehalgh, from Accrington Road Runners, scooped the first lady's trophy, finishing in 43:45. Gary Southwell took the spoils in the 18k Trail Challenge, completing the course in 1:28:14.
To round things off, competitors were awarded special 'Survivor's" t-shirts and locally produced sticky toffee puddings. To view the results from the Lakeland Trials series, visit northernrunningguide.com.