40 Is Coniston's Magic Number
One of the country's most beautiful runs has almost reached middle age, we find out more…
As someone who missed out on celebrating their 40th birthday because of lockdown resctrictions, I am looking for ways to make up for this now that life is slowly making its way back to normal. And what better way to mark the occasion than by celebrating someone (or something) else's special day instead? Luckily for me, middle age is about to hit one of the country's most beautiful road races, and I'm in!
Taking place on 26 March, The Coniston 14 is a simply stunning event, each year attracting some 1600 runners to the scenic Lake District location. Organised by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers from Coniston village it has earned a reputation for being one of the best organised small races in the country.
Established in 1982 as a community organised race with support from the Burlington Slate Company it soon gained national recognition as a popular race for both club and fun runners and is now the largest event in Coniston’s calendar raising some £20,000 each year for local clubs, charities and good causes.
The hilly route follows the close to 14 miles of road that circles Coniston Water and there are stunning views of the surrounding mountains. This really is a race with views to die for and an ideal distance for those in autumn marathon training mode.
You can find out more and enter at the Coniston 14 website.
Image: Coniston 14