May is set to be a busy month for trail running around Keswick in the Lake District with two new events scheduled. The inaugural Borrowdale Trail Run is planned for Sunday, May 22 as part of the Keswick Mountain Festival and organisers are billing it as a 'trail runner's dream'.
The trail run starts from the shores of Derwentwater after a short ferry ride from Keswick. The route follows the lakeshore then heads on to some of the most scenic trails the Lakes have to offer. The route is varied in terms of both scenery and terrain - lakeside to hillside back to lakeside.
There are two distances to choose from 20k and 11k. Runners who finish this challenging course will be rewarded not only by a spectacular run, but also the great atmosphere coming into the finish at the Mountain Festival.
Two weeks earlier (Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 8) race organisers High Terrain Events are staging a trail running weekend offering a great opportunity to experience this area with immediate access onto an extensive network of trails. Based at Hawse End Bay and situated at the foot of Catbell's and on the shores of Derwentwater, it's also the start location of our Borrowdale Trail Run.
The weekend is designed for runners of all levels of ability whether you have little or no experience of running on the trails and looking to get into off road running, or aiming to take your running to the next level. This will provide an good opportunity to prepare for the event, or just enjoy a weekend of trail running in a beautiful environment with like minded people.
Led by an experienced team the weekend will include guided trail runs incorporating not only the race routes but some of the many other trails in the area. The guided runs will be split into relevant groups based on level of experience and fitness. There will also be discussions and advice on off road running techniques for the various types of terrain encountered, preparation for a trail running event, equipment and kit required, strength and conditioning work, nutrition and training plans.
For further details visit the High Terrain events website.