The second staging of the Buttermere 10 Trail Race (Sunday, 7 April) is shaping up to be highly competitive with a number of international runners due to go head-to-head at Sunday's event. The race, which is the first of Salomon's 2013 Trail Tour Series, begins at Buttermere Lake with runners tackling an undulating course along the shores of Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Last year's top two, Ricky Lightfoot and Chris Steele, will renew their rivalry and will be up against Keswick AC's Carl Bell, who enjoyed a top place finish at the recent Cartmel Lakeland Trails 18K. The trio will be joined by Salomon international Rob Samuel, fresh from an impressive third place showing (31:06) at the Salford 10K.
In the women's race, ultra runner and winner of the Ennerdale 50K, Vicci Mousley will test herself against the likes of Jenn Mattinson (Keswick AC) and Rennell Brennan, a previous winner of the Grizedale Off Road Duathlon.
Despite only being in its second year, the event has become known for its dramatic landscape, with the route taking in high fells, wooded slopes and waterfalls over the duration of the 10 miles. Although relatively low level, the route incorporates 1050 feet of ascent with combination of off-road terrain, ranging from hard-packed rocky trails, sections of bog and woodland singletrack.
Salomon will be supporting the event with £700 worth of fantastic prizes including trail shoes, running backpacks, hydration belts and will also be on hand on the day to provide expert advice. Registration for the event is priced at £25, with entries closing today (midnight - 2 April). More information is available here.