Over 1100 competitors were treated to glorious sunshine at Cartmel Racecourse for the opener of the Lakeland Trail series. Saturday’s event saw two Lakeland girls steal the limelight, with Christina Wiejak winning the morning’s 10k Cartmel Trail Run in a new course record, while Annie Conway smashed the ladies course record in the afternoon’s 18k race.
Dry weather leading up to Saturday meant the official course going was firm and soft only in places. Competitors hailed from all over the UK, along with overseas visitors from Germany, Holland, France, Belgium and Ireland.
Deco Delight Jazz Band played live throughout the day, and singer/songwriter Pete Lashley performed songs from his recent Lakeland Trails album before the prize giving, and even found the energy to run the 18k beforehand.
Wiejak, from Barrow & Furness covered the 10k trail run to set a new ladies record of 43:04; a time which also placed her 6th overall. Ambleside AC’s Martin Cox, former world mountain running grand prix champion, won the men’s title in a time of 37:46, with Henry Valentine (38.43) and Paul Graham in (39.49) second and third respectively.
Conway’s performance over 18k was similarly impressive, with the Ambleside AC runner slicing two minutes off Lizzie Adams’ previous mark to record 1:15:10, which secured her fifth place overall. Winner of the men’s competition was Christopher Ashworth, Clayton Le Moors Harriers, in 1:10:16, with Ambleside AC’s Ben Abdelnoor runner up in 1:11:14 and Eden Runner’s Jonny Cox in third in 1:13:40.