A record number of just under 800 entries were received for Saturday’s (16 November) Kendal Mountain Festival Trail Run, an event which featured steep climbs, local landmarks, stunning views and a mixed terrain of tarmac, grass, gravel and cobbles.
This was the biggest entry for the race, which has been taking place since 2012 and grown from 150 runners on the first outing. The event is organised by South Lakes-based Open Adventure as part of their nationwide events programme.
The 10K saw participants depart from Kendal Town Centre and run steeply up Beast Banks before leaving the road to head across the fields and pass Helsington Barrows. Then came the climb up onto Scout Scar where the path along the top of the rocks gave fantastic views back over the Lyth Valley and the town, before the route headed back down and into town, descending steep cobbled streets back into the finish line.
On a fine day there was a big crowd to cheer the runners home and after crossing the line they were able to recycle their running numbers, a service provided by local company Treetop Trek.
Tom Adams was first home in 38:15, with Emma Clayton top in the female competition in 44:09. The men’s race was close throughout with Adams just 26 seconds up at the half way water station,however he managed to maintain his lead ahead of second placed Chris Richards. Clayton had a bigger winning margin, finishing 1 minute 42 seconds ahead of Sally Ratcliffe.
There were many strong performances on the day, including Paul Tierney who finished the KMF 10K run in 16th place. He was in Kendal for the film premiere that documents his record breaking run over all 214 Lakeland Wainwright peaks. That took him 6 days 6 hours and 5 minutes while his trail run time was 42:58!