The 2013 Cartmel Sticky Toffee Trail Race proved true to its name with Saturday's (16 March) opener of the Lakeland Trails season staged in soft and distinctly sticky conditions. The going didn't appear to handicap Carl Bell whose winning performance came in a new course record of 67.33. The recent Keswick AC recruit finished six minutes ahead of GB International John Brown (Ambleside AC) while Christine Holmes, from Trentham RC, dominated the women's race, winning by more than seven minutes in a time of 85.01.
Heavy rain in the previous 48 hours made the going hard work for all the competitors who braved the elements to take part in the various events during the day. Over 1000 competitors from all over the UK, along with overseas visitors from Germany, Holland, France, Belgium and Ireland took part in the 18k trail race, the 18k trail challenge and the 10k trail run.
Brazilian samba drumming band Batala Lancaster played live throughout the day, and singer/songwriter Pete Lashley performed songs from his recent Lakeland Trails album before the prize giving. The oldest competitor was 79 year old Malcolm Ball, from North Norfolk Beach Runners who finished the 18km trail in fine style only days before his 80th birthday.
Every finisher was rewarded with a Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, along with a specially designed event finisher's technical T shirt and ASICS goody bag.
The next event in the Lakeland Trails series is at Hawkshead on 27 April, and there are only 62 places left in the event, online entry is available at the Lakeland Trails website.