Race report from Joanna Hobson:
With a race start time of 11.15 it was a case of Mad dogs and English men (oh and Joanna Hobson) go out in the mid day sun and gosh was it hot!
On Sunday I took part in the Borrowdale Trail run in Keswick organised by High Terrain Events, a truly wonderful event.
Having attended the registration and briefing on Saturday afternoon and discovered there was a 21k, 42k including scafell pike & a triathlon all running a similar route I quickly brushed up on my map reading skills to ensure I didn’t find myself swimming in derwentwater or clambering over scafell pike! My preparation proved to pay off as several runners did apparently take wrong turns and I was actually able to guide a few on the right route which was really quite remarkable!
The route which was beautiful, is a good mix of woodland trails, rocky singletracks and some very challenging climbs, but overall a thoroughly enjoyable run which I would like to do again sometime.
The winner of the 13k event was Derek Croal (Bohermmen AC) in 46:34 . I came in 59th position out of 108 finishers in a time of 1:38:40 and was 4th in my age category.
Unfortunately when I attended the official presentation in the afternoon it became apparent that a number of runners had taken the wrong route & had run a much shorter and lower level route & therefore the results are questionable. This obviously impacts on everybody’s place but my garmin proved I had done the full correct route. The runner claiming the 1st place had run the wrong route causing a very unpleasant argument with the course organiser.
Full results here.
For the record we were all advised to familiarise ourselves with the route and it was marked out with tape so I don’t feel there are any excuses for running the wrong route.