This weekend (Sat 8 Dec), a thousand runners tackled a festive 10K Christmas Pudding Run in the Great Langdale Valley.
Now in its 30th year, and organised for the first time by youth charity Brathay Trust, runners set off from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Participants followed a new course taking in Elterwater village and Bayesbrown Woods and Farm before returning to their starting point.
All those who crossed the finish line received a Christmas pudding and many ran in seasonally inspired fancy dress.
First back was Mark Lamb of Keswick AC with a time of 34:28. Hot on his heels, and the first female back, was Sarah McCormack of Ambleside AC. Her time of 35:41 placed her second overall.
Among those taking part was the Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron. After crossing the line in 59:33, and claiming his pudding, he posted a picture on his Facebook saying he was “off to the pub”.
The fun run, for juniors aged five years and plus, was renamed the Gingerbread 3k. It attracted 50 runners who got a gingerbread Christmas tree for completing the course. Langdale Primary School helped to organise the run and provided teas and coffees as a school fundraiser.
Scott Umpleby, Brathay’s Head of Fundraising, said: “The weather didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm, particularly those who turned out in full festive costume like the turkey and the polar bears.
“It’s a great privilege to take over the organisation of this popular race which sold out after attracting 300 more runners than last year. It builds on the success of our first year of organising the Langdale Marathon and Half Marathon which took place less than two months ago.
“This 10k race raised about £7k to support our work with young people and is helping to establish our reputation for organising running events. Our next events are the Brathay 10in10 and the ASICS Windermere Marathon, both taking place in May.
“The event would not be possible without all our wonderful volunteers, marshals and, of course, our sponsors. They are the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel who provided the venue, items for the refreshment station and prizes. Pete Bland Sports who gave us race numbers and prize vouchers and the Langdale Hotel, the previous organisers were a great help with the handover” added Scott Umpleby.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Brathay’s challenge events, including cycling and rowing should visit www.brathaychallenges.com.