by John Grimshaw
I originally entered this race last year but it was postponed due to ice and I got injured before the postponed race date, therefore I differed the race to this year.
I also entered the race before joining Claremont hence the fact I was down as unattached.
So this years race, I found out was delayed from 11am to midday due to snow, one of the problems of road races this time of year, but checking the website before leaving I noticed the delay and that they would make a further inspection at 9am, this meant I could wait till 9 before setting of and duely checked the website to see promptly a notice saying it was on, it took about an hour to get to Carlisle race course where the start and finish of the race was. It was signposted from the motorway for the race course so easy to find.
Parking was in a field full of snow but was easily accessed across the road from registration, this was in the race course entrance where there were plenty of room, toilets, and hot/cold drinks and snacks for sale.
The course is mainly flat with long undulating banks on B and C roads, some parts of the C roads still had slush on but this was easily negotiated. The course an out and back in a big loop finishing in the race course grounds. There were no chips but it was timed and with only 205 runners it didn’t take long to cross the start.
This was my first race for a couple of month and I had only been back running a week after a month of over Christmas/New Year so I was not expecting too much so very pleased with the 46:59 and 71st (8th in age group)
There was a safety briefing before the race giving all the relevant info and the people were very friendly.
A water station at 3miles was not very busy on such a cold day!
Would recommend it as a different fun race and the countryside made a nice backdrop.