Kentmere Trail Races

New for 2024

Celebrating 20 years of Lakeland Trails, a new half marathon is joining the Staveley day...

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Lakeland Trails will be adding a new 'half-ish' marathon route to its Staveley event on 4 May this year. Speaking of the decision, a spokesperson told us: "It's where we held our first trail run in 2004, so it seemed only fitting to do something special here for those who want to go a bit further."

Starting and finishing at Staveley Recreation Ground, the 5K, 10K, 18K and half marathon courses all follow fully marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of most of the southern Lakeland fells.

The Sport Trail 5K provides a shorter distance for everyone over the age of 12 while the 'challenge' events are ideal for less competitive runners, offering extra time to complete the courses of the 10K, 18K and half distances. The Trail Races are for more competitive runners and those used to off-road running and are also available in 10K, 18K and half marathon distances.

The trails climb out from Staveley above the Kentmere valley, before returning along the valley itself past idyllic tarns and through ancient woodland, climbing Reston Scar before the descent back into Staveley village.

Organisers tell us that underfoot conditions are quite variable with a bit of everything thrown in! You can expect short sections of tarmac, grassy footpaths, stony bridleways with some stiles to climb over near the end, all of which adds to the unique nature of the event.

A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. So, whether you're new to trail running, an experienced athlete, or simply looking for an unforgettable day out in the Lake District, a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running awaits you!

If you'd like to know more, visit the Lakeland Trails website.

Image: Lakeland Trails Facebook

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