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Race Listing for Cumbria

Date Event Location Results
03 Mar 2024 Haweswater Half MarathonBampton Village Hall, PenrithResults
09 Mar 2024 Dentdale RunDent C of E Primary School, The Laning, Dent
17 Mar 2024 Carlisle Half Marathon & 10KBrunton Park, Carlisle
20 Mar 2024 Watchtree 5K Trail RunWatchtree Nature Reserve, Carlisle
23 Mar 2024 Grasmere 5K & 10K Trail RunsThe Sports Ground, Grasmere
23 Mar 2024 Coniston 14John Ruskin School, Coniston
30 Mar 2024 Isel CrossCockermouth School, Cockermouth
06 Apr 2024 Silva Lakes Northern TraverseSt Bees, nr Whitehaven
06 Apr 2024 Silva Lakes TraversesSt Bees, nr Whitehaven
07 Apr 2024 Lakeland Paws Whinlatter Tails AprilWhinlatter Forest, nr Keswick
07 Apr 2024 3 Village 5 & 10 MileWetheral Village Community Hall, Carlisle
13 Apr 2024 Hawkshead 10K & 16K Trail RacesRecreation Ground, Hawkshead
20 Apr 2024 Newlands Memorial Fell RaceNewlands Adventure Centre, Stair
21 Apr 2024 Brigham 10KBrigham, Cockermouth
24 Apr 2024 Keswick Round The HousesTown Centre, Keswick
26 Apr 2024 Dalton Charter 10KDalton in Furness Cricket Club, Dalton-In-Furness
27 Apr 2024 Derwentwater DawdleVictory Memorial Hall, Braithwaite
27 Apr 2024 Lorton School 10KLorton Primary School, High Lorton, Cockermouth
28 Apr 2024 Montane Trail 13 & 26 HowgillsStonehall Lane, Sedbergh
01 May 2024 Kendal 10KLeisure Centre, Kendal
04 May 2024 Staveley Lakeland Trail RunsRecreation Ground, Staveley
04 May 2024 Scarpa Great Lakeland 3DayConiston Hall Farm, Lake District
04 May 2024 Cautley HorseshoeCross Keys Inn, nr Sedbergh
05 May 2024 RAFBF Spadeadam 10K & Half MarathonRAF Spadeadam, Brampton
07 May 2024 Lowca 10KLowca Rugby League Club, Whitehaven
08 May 2024 Carlisle City Urban TrailSheepmount Athletics Stadium, Carlisle
11 May 2024 The Lap ClockwiseCunsey, Ambleside
11 May 2024 Kendal to Preston Ultra 50Lakeland Maize Maze Farm, Kendal
18 May 2024 Keswick Mountain Festival Trail RunsNewland, Keswick
18 May 2024 Asics Windermere MarathonBrathay Hall, Ambleside
21 May 2024 Hay-O Trail RaceCockermouth School, Cockermouth
22 May 2024 Latterbarrow LoopLowther Park, Penrith
22 May 2024 Levens 10KVillage Hall, Levens
26 May 2024 Whinlatter Forest Half Marathon & 10KWhinlatter Forest, Keswick
27 May 2024 Austwick Amble Fell RaceVillage Centre, Austwick
01 Jun 2024 OMM Lite GrasmereThe Showfield, Grasmere
01 Jun 2024 Scafell Sky RaceStickle Barn, Great Langdale, Ambleside
01 Jun 2024 Wild Goat Festival 10KHolker Hall, nr Cartmel
01 Jun 2024 Grasmere GallopThe Sports Field, Grasmere
02 Jun 2024 Grasmere Gallop MarathonThe Sports Field, Grasmere
02 Jun 2024 Wild Goat Festival Trail RacesHolker Hall, nr Cartmel
05 Jun 2024 Sport in Action Castle 5K Series Race 1Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, Carlisle
08 Jun 2024 Gelt Gladiator SaturdayWalton, Brampton
08 Jun 2024 Montane Trail Ultra 20 & 10 Ullswater WayJenkins Field, Glenridding
08 Jun 2024 Coniston Lakeland Trails RacesTBC, Coniston
08 Jun 2024 Ennerdale Horseshoe Fell RaceScout Camp, Ennerdale Bridge
09 Jun 2024 Gelt Gladiator SundayWalton, Brampton
09 Jun 2024 Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon, Half & Mini-10KConiston Sports and Social Centre, Coniston Lake
09 Jun 2024 The Drop CarlisleAbbey Street, Carlisle
09 Jun 2024 Carlisle Tri 10KThe Racecourse, Carlisle
12 Jun 2024 Hawkshead 10KVillage Hall, Hawkshead
15 Jun 2024 Rat Race The WallCarlisle Castle, Carlisle
19 Jun 2024 Watchtree 10KWatchtree Nature Reserve, Carlisle
22 Jun 2024 Darren Holloway Memorial RaceVillage Hall, Loweswater
26 Jun 2024 Endmoor 10KVillage Hall, Endmoor
29 Jun 2024 Kong Lakes UltraKeswick Football Park, Keswick
29 Jun 2024 Lakeland Five Passes UltraSports Field, Grasmere
29 Jun 2024 Great Lakes Fell RaceStool End Farm, Great Langdale
30 Jun 2024 Solway Coast MarathonWhite Heather Hotel, Wigton
30 Jun 2024 Kirkbride Half Marathon & 10KOld Airfield, Kirkbride
30 Jun 2024 Seawall 7 Miler Charity RunPort Haverigg Marina Village, Haverigg
02 Jul 2024 Lambfoot Loop 10KCockermouth School, Cockermouth
04 Jul 2024 Destiny 200The Glebe, Bowness on Windermere
04 Jul 2024 Dales Way UltramarathonThe Glebe, Bowness on Windermere
07 Jul 2024 Race for Life CarlisleBitts Park, Carlisle
07 Jul 2024 Pretty Muddy CarlisleBitts Park, Carlisle
10 Jul 2024 Sport in Action Castle 5K Series Race 2Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, Carlisle
13 Jul 2024 Wasdale 'Horseshoe' Fell RaceBrackenclose, Wasdale
26 Jul 2024 Montane Lakeland 100Town Centre, Coniston
27 Jul 2024 Montane Lakeland 50Dalemain Estate, nr Penrith
04 Aug 2024 Dalston Festival 10KRecreational Hall, Dalston
14 Aug 2024 Sport in Action Castle 5K Series Race 3Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, Carlisle
28 Aug 2024 Ennerdale Show RaceThe Leaps, Kirkland
07 Sep 2024 Inflatable 5K CarlisleCarlisle Airport, Carlisle
11 Sep 2024 Sport in Action Castle 5K Series Race 4Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, Carlisle
14 Sep 2024 The One 10The Lakes Distillery, Cockermouth
14 Sep 2024 Scafell Pike Fell RaceWasdale Head, The Lake District
22 Sep 2024 Sport In Action 10KSheepmount Athletics Stadium, Carlisle
12 Oct 2024 Lakes In A Day 50 Mile UltraCaldbeck, Lake District
19 Oct 2024 Great Langdale Marathon & Half MarathonNew Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale
27 Oct 2024 Buttermere Trail RacesGatesgarth, Buttermere
27 Oct 2024 Buttermere Shepherds' MeetGatesgarth, Buttermere
03 Nov 2024 Derwentwater 10Keswick School, Keswick
05 Jan 2025 North Lakes Half MarathonLorton Valley, Cockermouth

About the area

Cumbria

Derwent Water

After a cursory glance at the area's running clubs it becomes immediately obvious that there is a particular passion for one type of running in Cumbria: fell running. The area has produced some fell running greats such as Kenny Stuart, Billy Bland, and Joss Naylor. Though there is much more to the area than fell running, as runABC North found out.

Cumbria's terrain is varied, offering trails, road, woodland and bridle paths. You can immerse yourself in the history of the area, as Wainwright often did, or run alongside Hadrian's Wall.

One club that takes advantage of the array of terrain on offer is Keswick AC. The club describes itself as specialising in 'fell and road running' but that and more. We find out about the club from secretary Sam Stead, who is keen to debunk the myth that Keswick AC is just for 'serious runners'.

On the subject of 'less serious' runners, a number of groups have sprung up in recent years with an increasing number of Cumbrians taking to the activity. Jo Falconer from female-only Fellside Runners tells us about her group and how it keeps her motivated during the winter months.

Also serving to motivate runners is the great selection of races on offer. Clubs and groups are kept busy throughout the year with a race calendar brimful of top quality events. The Lakeland Trails series holds various races across the county, including Coniston, Keswick and Helvellyn, ranging from 10s to 110K ultras. The aforementioned Keswick AC organises many of their own events including Derwentwater 10, now in its 56th year, and the slightly more undulating Skiddaw Fell Race. Also attracting a huge field each year is the Great Cumbrian Run in Carlisle.

The area is well serviced by running retailers Pete Bland Sports in Kendal and Carlisle's Chivers Sports. Cumbria may not be the biggest county in the north of England, but it's quite possibly the boldest.

Check out some of what Cumbria has to offer to runners below.

Running clubs In Cumbria

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Downhill in Keswick

Keswick AC

With over 40 years of running over the fells and roads of Cumbria (and beyond), Keswick AC is one of the county’s most decorated clubs. We speak to club secretary Sam Stead about the how the club remains competitive whilst still being beginner-friendly.

Tell me about Keswick AC

Keswick Amateur Athletic Club, (the ‘Amateur’ was dropped in 2003) was formally founded in 1972 at a meeting in The Dog and Gun pub. The legendary Ron Hill was invited to be club president by member Dave Ellison, and kindly accepted. It’s thought that our club colours of yellow and green were chosen to match the colour of the fells. The club has continued to grow over the years and many of the legends of fell running have been members. Although the main core of the club’s membership comes from Keswick and surrounding area, there are also members from throughout the UK and around the world.

How many members are there?

We have around 200 members. In terms of age, our youngest member is just three and a half! Our oldest members are in their late 70s. It’s quite a diverse club. Keswick is a very fitness-orientated town, so everyone here is active in some capacity. You don’t see any fat people!

Where and when do you meet up?

We have core sessions on a Tuesday but have recently expanded our programme to offer more throughout the week. We now offer midday sessions, which have proved very popular, particularly with our older members, but are not specifically aimed at any demographic.

What sort of distances do you do?

During winter we usually run within the town but in the lighter months we branch out and go further afield. We go out to various hills such as Latrigg, Skiddaw and Jenkin Hill. Jenkin Hill is notoriously difficult as it features a 40% incline, so we only do it occasionally. Local legend has it that Kenny Stuart ran the fastest ever mile whilst descending it in the 1983 Skiddaw Fell Race. There are so many great fells in the area, so we do a lot of summer fell runs and like to explore different areas. We’re really spoiled for choice when it comes to scenery; it’s basically a natural playground for running!

Do you organise your own events?

Yes! We have a central committee with individual race organisers taking charge of various events. Our two road races are Derwentwater 10 on 10 November, and Round the Houses in April. Derwentwater 10 is a 10-mile race now in its 56th year. We have too many fell races to mention them all. Latrigg Fell Race, the sister fell to Skiddaw, is also well liked. Our Round Latrigg race is a bit less gruelling. It’s a category B trail race and has been described as a ‘trail race on steroids’.

Do you take part in events outside Keswick?

We run all over the country - the FRA championships is something we compete in and win regularly. We also go to events in the Isle of Man and Ireland. We’re one of the few clubs who enter both the fell running and road running championships.

Is there a strong social element to the club?

Yes, definitely. We have an active Facebook group where we arrange a lot of social gatherings. Most people here work in the tourism trade, so we’re never short on ideas of things to do. We often have social runs and go to the pub afterwards. You can also join the club as a social member where you don’t have to run.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining?

We’re a competitive club but a friendly one. I think sometimes people get the wrong impression and think we’re really serious – we’re not. Having said that, it’s a great club to join if you want to improve your running form. I’m a perfect example – I came to club as someone who wasn’t much good but have progressed quickly as a result of being a member.

Running groups In Cumbria

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Ladies of the Fells

Fellside Ladies

After taking up running in 2009, Jo Falconer was keen to get other women more involved in the activity. In 2012, she started her female-only group Fellside Ladies. She tells runABC North how the group has progressed since ...

I decided to take a Run England course so I’d be better qualified to lead my own running group,” Jo explains. “It started out with three or four people and grew through word-of-mouth. As we’re from a rural area, news spreads quickly.

The group now has around 55 members, meeting on Tuesdays in Kirkoswald, Penrith. There is a wide range of abilities within the group, from novice runners making the transition from walking to jogging, to those looking at tackling ultras.

Jo discusses her inclusive approach:

I didn’t want people thinking ‘I have to be a runner to join,’ so we used Run England’s 10-week beginner’s running plan to introduce novices to the activity. We’re not elitist and are very welcoming to those who’ve never run before. We have a good base of those who run with us regularly, whereas others only come occasionally. Some members like to get involved in the social side of things but aren’t as keen on running. Our most subscribed evening is actually Pie Night – which is held at our local pub. We definitely don’t want to exclude anyone.

As well as running, the group is involved in a number of other fitness activities. “Being active is important to us so we take parts in all sorts of sports, including bike rides, walks and we use a swimming pool once a week too. We have an active Facebook group where most of our activities are organised. We also regularly take part in Penrith parkrun”

Being based in a rural area offers plenty of positives for runners but Jo admits it can sometimes leave you feeling isolated: “In winter there’s a temptation to just shut your door and never leave the house. That’s why having the group going is important as it gives us all an incentive to get outdoors and exercise together. Last year we had a Christmas Run where we all wore fairy lights. It’s a good way to keep your spirits high and was a lot of fun.

Overall, the area is great for running. It’s very scenic and I think it benefits from being close to the Lake District but not actually in it. So it’s less busy and you can enjoy the more peaceful side of running. We’re also close to the Pennines, so have those as an option. We’re lucky to have a variety of terrain, and do both off-road and on-road running. If you want to go running up some hills, you can. If you want to go meandering down some windy, country roads, you also can!

When asked about who the standout members of the group are, Jo is commendably diplomatic:

I think everyone is a standout member in their own way – I couldn’t single out one person. Everyone joins the group with different goals and they are able to achieve those through being part of Fellside Ladies.

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