It was the morning of the trail and by 9.30am the start / finish area is vibrating with activity as runners of all shapes, styles and stretching routines find their patch of grass to prepare on. The announcer emphasises the sun and the heat plus the need for water, as queues of increasingly scantily clad trail runners grow longer and longer from the toilet doors.
Hundreds of runners and walkers braved the high temperatures to complete the most popular trail running event in the North of England yesterday (9 June). The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge started and finished in Keswick, taking participants on a route that included spectacular Lakeland views.
Organisers of the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge are expecting a record number of runners to take part when it is staged in Keswick on Sunday 9 June. After a highly successful inaugural event last year, the second staging will see even more runners and walkers take on 11km and 22km distances across the Keswick trails.
The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, already established as one of the biggest events of its kind in the North of England, will return to Keswick this summer. Staged by the organisers of the Bupa Great North Run, the event will see thousands of runners and walkers take over the trails of the market town on Sunday 9 June.
Steve Vernon received a heartening boost to his ambitions of lifting next month's European Mountain Running Championships title with his victory at the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge on Sunday (17 June).
Running enthusiasts from across the UK will descend on Keswick for a new challenge this Sunday (17 June).
A four nation international match comprising elite competitors will highlight the first ever Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, taking place in Keswick the Lake District on Sunday 17 June.