The Lowther Trail Run, which took place last weekend at Lowther Show in Cumbria, welcomed 162 participants; more than twice the number of entrants last year.
Not only were there more runners taking part, the standard was raised significantly and two previously held race records were broken in style.
Christopher Holdsworth, 25, a member of the Clayton-le-Moors Harriers in Lancashire, completed the 13-mile cross terrain run in a speedy 1 hour 19 minutes and 26 seconds. Morgan Donnelly had previous held the men’s record for seven years with a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 45 seconds.
“I researched the race beforehand and knew that on a good day the record was within my grasp,” Christopher explains. “However, the course was much tougher than expected. Thankfully, I managed to push on and take it. It was a fantastic race with great organisation, I’ll be back next year to try and break my own record.”
The ladies record was also set in 2009 by Suzanne Budget with a time of 1 hour 38 minutes and 35 seconds. Joanna Zakrzewski of Dumfries RC shaved three minutes off the record this year, finishing in 1 hour 35 minutes and 35 seconds.
Event organiser Martin Stone, was thrilled at the number of entrants and the calibre of those taking part. He said: “It was the perfect weather for the Lowther Trail Run on Sunday; dry and not too not. There was stiff competition taking part, but I was very shocked that both records were smashed on the same day. We had great feedback from the competitors who loved the route as it offered a variety of differing terrains including the river crossing at Butterwick.”
To view the complete table of results and times, click here.