Yesterday say some of the UK’s elite trail and mountain short-disctance specialists head to Keswick for the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, with England’s Andi Jones and Katie Walshaw amongst the winners…
Karrimor Great Trail Challenge event release
Hundreds of people braved high temperatures in Keswick yesterday at the third staging of the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge. The event saw trail running champions and charity fundraisers run, jog and walk the 11km and 22km distances, which started in Station Field near Greta Bank Farm. Participants were officially set on their way by Councillor Lorraine Taylor, Mayor of Keswick.
The route started out along the Keswick railway line, climbed the northern shoulder of Latrigg Fell, before travelling down Cumbria Way to the finish line. Runners had an extra challenge as they took on the King of the Mountain and Demon Descent, in which timing mats on the course recorded how long it took runners to ascend Latrigg Fell and descend Cumbria Way to the finish line, with the times posted online.
The day got underway with the Home Countries International race, which saw senior and junior athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland competing in a team competition.
Taking charge of the senior men’s race over a testing 11km, Stockport Harriers’ Andi Jones immediately stamped his authority before going on to post an impressive winning time of 40:17, seven seconds ahead of Ireland’s Brian MacMahon. Tom Addison, of Helm Hill Runners in Kendal took fifth place with a time of 41:16.
English mountain runner Katie Walshaw won the senior women’s race over 10km. She clocked a time of 40:40, with Megan Crawford of Scotland finishing second in 40:43 and England’s Jayne Joy taking the third spot in 41:19. England were overall winners in the team competition.
The event village was packed with spectators and participants enjoying music and race commentary throughout the day. North West Air Ambulance, the nominated local charity for the event welcomed their runners over the finish line which included paramedics and families of ex-patients.
Peter Riley, Project Director at organisers Nova, said:
“This is the third year we’ve staged the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge in Keswick, and yet again it was a fantastic day. The heat was an extra challenge for the participants, but everyone did exceptionally well and the hundreds of spectators added to the brilliant atmosphere.”
Find out more at www.greattrailchallenge.org
Home Countries International Race Results
Senior men (11km)
1. Andi Jones – 40:17
2. Brian MacMahon – 40:24
3. Andrew Douglas – 40:48
Senior Women (10km)
1. Katie Walshaw – 40:40
2. Megan Crawford – 40:43
3. Jayne Joy – 41:19
Junior Men (10km)
Andrew Lawlor – 36:11
Ciaran Lewis – 38:32
Gwynant Jones – 38:59
Junior Women (5.5km)
Georgia Malir – 22:32
Catriona Graves – 23:06
Rebecca Evans – 23:22